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[whitespace] Manic Stricken

Bipolars are in the good company of many well-known athletes, writers, actors and musicians

Reprinted from Joy Ikelman's Bipolar Page

BELOW IS A LIST of deceased individuals from the 20th century who had a confirmed (not speculated) diagnosis of manic depression. The information comes from biographies, autobiographies, printed articles, interviews, documentaries and obituaries.

Alvin Ailey, 1931-1989, dancer, choreographer
Neal Cassady, 1926-1968, writer
Phil Graham, owner, Washington Post
Graham Greene, 1904-1991, writer
Peter Gregg, 1940-1980, team owner and manager, race car driver
Abbie Hoffman, 1936-1989, writer, political activist
Phyllis Hyman, 1949-1995, musician, vocalist
Randall Jarrell, 1914-1965, poet
Jane Kenyon, 1940-1995, poet
Otto Klemperer, 1885-1973, musician, conductor
Frances Lear, 1923-1996, writer, editor, women's rights activist
Vivien Leigh, 1913-1967, actor
Robert Lowell, 1917-1977, poet
Burgess Meredith, 1908-1997, actor, director
Norman Wexler, 1926-1999, screenwriter, playwright
Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941, writer
Bert Yancey, 1938-1994, athlete

These individuals have publicly stated that they have experienced manic depression in their lives.

Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
Shelley Beattie, athlete (bodybuilding, sailing), artist
Ned Beatty, actor
Robert Boorstin, writer, special assistant to President Clinton, State Department
Art Buchwald, writer, humorist
Tim Burton, artist, movie director
Dick Cavett, writer, media personality
Francis Ford Coppola, director
John Daly, athlete (golf)
Ray Davies, musician
Kitty Dukakis, former First Lady of Massachusetts
Patty Duke (Anna Duke Pearce), actor, writer
Thomas Eagleton, lawyer, former U.S. senator
Carrie Fisher, writer, actor
Larry Flynt, magazine publisher
Connie Francis, actor, musician
Kit Gingrich, Newt's Mom
Linda Hamilton, actor
Margot Kidder, actor
Kristy McNichol, actor
Jimmie Piersall, athlete (baseball), sports announcer
Charley Pride, musician
Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), musician
Axl Rose, musician
Frances Sherwood, writer
Gordon Sumner (Sting), musician, composer
Jean-Claude Van Damme, athlete (martial arts), actor
Sol Wachtler, judge, writer
Tom Waits, musician, composer
Brian Wilson, musician (Beach Boys), composer, arranger
Jonathan Winters, comedian, actor, writer, artist
Luther Wright, athlete (basketball)

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From the March 30-April 5, 2000 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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