Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

Learn about some of the many famous people diagnosed and living with bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

Richard Dreyfuss—Brash, Bold and Proudly Bipolar

Fergus Ewbank and Marianne Haynes
July 1, 2016

The movie star speaks candidly on Hollywood greed, civics education, how living with bipolar disorder has been good for him, and why stigma is “stupid.” Some people who live with bipolar find it difficult to talk about. Not so Richard Dreyfuss. The celebrated actor speaks readily about his illness—stressing that it should be referred to...

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Bipolar On-Screen & Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite”

Brianne LaPelusa
June 6, 2016

Since I’ve known about my bipolar disorder, I’ve always wanted to know more. I’ve seen the same recycled, sensationalized narratives. But at last, Maria Bamford & “Lady Dynamite.” This is as hilarious as it is groundbreaking in its honesty and relatability.  To find out why, read on.   Since I’ve known about my bipolar disorder,...

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Patrick Kennedy on Bipolar, Addiction and Speaking Out

bp Magazine
May 18, 2016

Patrick Kennedy shares his struggles with bipolar and addiction and why he decided to break the Kennedy code of family secrets. Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy writes of his own mental illness and addictions in “A Common Struggle”, but he also looks at his parents’ problems with alcohol and his mother’s depression. Kennedy believes...

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Maurice Benard’s “The Ghost and the Whale” Trailer

bp Magazine
May 1, 2016

The “Ghost and the Whale” tells the story of Joseph Hawthorne, a man living with bipolar disorder, who went off to sea with the love of his life and returned back to the sleepy town of Bodega alone. Maurice Benard (Sonny of General Hospital) stars as Joseph Hawthorne, a man whose wife was lost overboard...

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WNBA’s Chamique Holdsclaw: Mental Health Champion

Scott Pitoniak
April 29, 2016

Chamique Holdsclaw battled back to recovery from a long journey through bipolar depression and became an advocate for better awareness among athletes and African-Americans.   A documentary about WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw’s journey through bipolar depression will air on LogoTV at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rick Goldsmith (and a...

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5 Celebrities with Bipolar Who Inspire Us

bp Magazine
April 11, 2016

Over the years bp Magazine has had the opportunity to talk with some amazing and inspirational people. Here are five famous faces who have used their star status to spread awareness and help end the stigma surrounding bipolar disorder. #1 Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher, also known as Star Wars’ Princess Leia, will always be our...

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Suzy Favor Hamilton on Bipolar & Hypersexuality

Scott Pitoniak
April 8, 2016

Three time Olympic runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton wants her story of hypersexuality, scandal, bipolar diagnosis and recovery to inspire others to go the distance.   By Scott Pitoniak   Suzy Favor Hamilton knew that writing a memoir about her bipolar disorder would be incredibly challenging—in some ways even more difficult than preparing for and competing...

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Celebrities Who Embrace Their Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 11, 2016

Here are 7 famous faces who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder that are using their platform to fight against the stigma of brain-based disorders: Demi Lovato A platinum-selling recording artist, Demi Lovato is an advocate for people affected by mental health conditions, proving it’s possible to get through dark times and reach a place...

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6 Film Directors with Bipolar or Depression

bp Magazine
March 10, 2016

Is there a connection between creativity and mental health? These six movie directors are fueling the link: #1 Tim Burton Tim Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator. He is known for his dark, eccentric and quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice; Edward Scissorhands; the biographical film Ed Wood; the horror fantasy Sleepy Hollow; the...

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6 Rap Artists Who Have Battled Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 10, 2016

These six artists demonstrate how bipolar disorder and depression have become part of the hip hop world:   #1 Chris Brown It was reported in 2014 that Chris Brown, rapper, songwriter, dancer and actor, was diagnosed with Bipolar II and PTSD. In 2009, he had received a great deal of media attention after pleading guilty...

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“Michael Clayton” Trailer

bp Magazine
February 1, 2016

In this 2007 film, a law firm brings in its “fixer” (George Clooney) to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown, due to his bipolar disorder, while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. In this 2007 film, a law firm brings in its...

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Carrie Fisher: 15 Honest Quotes About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
January 28, 2016

Recognized everywhere as Princess Leia and respected as a prolific author, the late Carrie Fisher was a true heroine for rebelling against the stigma of bipolar disorder. She was also instrumental in the launching of bp Magazine, gracing three covers since 2004. Here is just a sampling of wise words that have inspired a mental...

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“The Informant!” Trailer

bp Magazine
January 20, 2016

Based on a true story, this 2009 movie staring Matt Damon, focuses on Mark Whitacre, a vice president-turned-informant living with bipolar disorder. The Informant! is based on the saga of real life agribusiness executive Mark Whitacre. Whitacre was involved in a price-fixing scheme at the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland. He agreed to tape his...

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“Mad Love” Trailer

bp Magazine
January 20, 2016

Matt, played by Chris O’Donnell, falls in love with the new girl, Casey (Drew Barrymore). He soon finds out she’s not your typical high school girl but is learning to live with her bipolar disorder. A somewhat sensationalized depiction of the highs and lows of bipolar, with Drew Barrymore playing a high school student who...

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“Touched With Fire” Movie—Finding the Beauty in Bipolar

Stephanie Stephens
January 5, 2016

Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio’s feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love, mania, creative inspiration, and making peace with bipolar. After Paul Dalio was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he struggled to understand what it meant. Was he irretrievably broken, or should he welcome mania as a gift granting heightened creativity? Would taking...

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Liza Fox Talks Bipolar, Recovery & Reinvention

Elizabeth Forbes
October 5, 2015

We catch up with the former American Idol performer whose music video “I Am Not I” is an allegory about overcoming bipolar disorder By bp Magazine & Liza Fox (Originally printed as “Back Chat with Liza Fox”)   Liza Fox has charted in the U.S. and Europe with infectious dance tunes like Dynamite, You Turn Me On...

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Back Chat with Kevin Kline

bp Magazine
July 9, 2015

Kevin Kline, co-host of Houston’s Q Morning Zoo radio show, chats about managing his bipolar depression, being a family man, sleep, running and more.   By Kevin Kline   Kevin Kline co-hosts the popular Q Morning Zoo radio show in Houston, where he’s also known for running marathons to raise money for pediatric cancer research....

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Demi Lovato and Bipolar: Be Vocal

bp Magazine
May 28, 2015

That Demi Lovato is one busy girl. Two weeks ago she was finishing up a concert tour that took her Down Under and across Southeast Asia. Two days ago she was celebrating the announcement of her new recording label, a partnership with fellow pop star Nick Jonas. And today she’s launching an empowerment campaign called Be Vocal:...

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Jenifer Lewis: How a Diva Does Bipolar

Stephanie Stephens
April 1, 2015

Multitalented entertainer Jenifer Lewis brings some attitude to coping with bipolar disorder — and to urging others to step up and do the same. The message is simple, says Jenifer Lewis. Remember that the elevator to success is out of order and that you’ll have to use the stairs … one step at a time....

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Back Chat with Margaret Trudeau

bp Magazine
April 1, 2015

The former First Lady of Canada discusses keeping her brain healthy, which mood state is worse for her, and the upside of growing older. Margaret Trudeau has been making headlines since her 20s, when she was a free spirit (with undiagnosed bipolar disorder) married to the Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau. A self-described “earth...

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