Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

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

Blogs and Articles

Our Leading Lady, Carrie Fisher

Stephanie Stephens
January 1, 2015

Carrie Fisher will always be our heroine for rebelling against the stigma of bipolar.   Carrie Fisher has joked about her embarrassment when that infamous metal bikini in Return of the Jedi—part of the blockbuster Star Wars franchise that made her a household name—accidentally exposed her charms to a fellow actor. In the compelling script...

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Carrie Fisher and Recovery

Stephanie Stephens
January 1, 2015

Carrie Fisher discusses her sobriety, mood symptoms, weight and treatment. Continued from Our leading lady, Carrie Fisher   Keeping on Staying clean and sober was a challenge for Fisher even after she joined AA in the wake of her hospitalization. She also struggles to stay in balance, since medication and psychotherapy don’t keep her symptoms...

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Kay Redfield Jamison: Risk & Reward

Maureen Salamon
January 1, 2015

Scientist Kay Redfield Jamison gambled her career when she made the weighty decision to disclose her bipolar diagnosis. And look where it got her! With a pert blonde bob, black turtleneck and flowing floral skirt, Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is the epitome of polished elegance as she takes the stage at the 26th annual New...

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Stephen Fry Spits in Stigma’s Eye with Honest Talk on Tough Subjects

Elizabeth Forbes
January 1, 2015

With a new memoir out, More Fool Me, the iconic British comedian and actor, Stephen Fry, continues to speak honestly and openly about living with bipolar disorder. The 2006 documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive has a somewhat misleading title, because Stephen Fry himself is incredibly open about his bipolar—and pretty...

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Patrick Kennedy Gets Personal

Patrick J. Kennedy
January 1, 2015

The mental health advocate dishes about life after Congress, his new family, mood challenges, promoting new brain research, and how he stays in balance By Patrick Kennedy With his famous family name and political position, PATRICK KENNEDY made headlines when he opened up about his bipolar disorder and substance use. Now he’s promoting brain research...

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Demi Lovato & Bipolar: Stronger Than Ever

Rachel Rabkin Peachman
September 24, 2014

This platinum-selling recording artist is on a mission to spread her message of hope: We can get through dark times and find our strength! By Rachel Rabkin Peachman   Platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato is a pro at performing in large concert venues. But on a Saturday afternoon just days before her 22nd birthday, Lovato...

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Keith O’Neil: Tackling Bipolar Disorder

Chrissy Carew
August 7, 2014

For Superbowl champion linebacker Keith O’Neil, bipolar disorder was too big to tackle alone. So he recruited a team of support: doctors, therapists, and family. As an All-American linebacker in college and a pro with the National Football League, Keith O’Neil was a champ at bringing down the other team’s players. He won a Super...

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Shelby Tweten: Candid Recovery

Linda Childers
August 7, 2014

For Shelby Tweten, the TV talent show ‘American Idol’ became a national springboard to fight stigma By Linda Childers   When Shelby Tweten sang “Temporary Home” at the American Idol auditions, she brought pop diva Jennifer Lopez to tears. There’s something fitting about that, because music has always been Shelby’s outlet for oversized emotions she...

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TV Shows Challenging The Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

Elizabeth Forbes
July 1, 2014

As bipolar takes center stage in new movies and TV shows, it’s unclear whether the exposure will challenge stigma—or reinforce it. By Elizabeth Forbes   UPDATE: August 7, 2014—The ABC series Black Box will not be returning for a second season Entertainment Weekly reports. The show starred Kelly Reilly as a neuroscientist with bipolar disorder....

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard: Man With A Message

Elizabeth Forbes
July 1, 2014

Maurice Benard sees his new movie project as another way to raise awareness and reach out to others with bipolar. By Elizabeth Forbes, bp Magazine editor   When it comes to bipolar on the screen, actor Maurice Benard is in a unique position. He plays a TV character with bipolar disorder—and was himself diagnosed with...

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“Mr. Jones” Trailer

bp Magazine
May 20, 2014

This 1993 movie follows the relationship between a man living with bipolar disorder, Mr Jones, and the female doctor who takes more than a professional interest in his treatment. A surprisingly insightful portrait of euphoria, mania and depression as experienced by the main character, played by Richard Gere. Most of the movie involves his hospitalization...

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Forest Whitaker in “Repentance”—Trailer

bp Magazine
May 1, 2013

In this thriller, a successful author and spiritual advisor takes on a troubled man as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother’s death will soon put his life in jeopardy. Forest Whitaker plays to stereotype in this hostage drama. His character is a loving family man who has bipolar. Thrown off...

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Patrick Kennedy & His Road To Recovery

John Mulligan
October 7, 2011

The veteran politician quit Congress, found true love and launched a new campaign for mental health. By John Mulligan   More than 11 years ago, then-Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy disclosed his bipolar disorder diagnosis to constituents in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Sharing the stage with Tipper Gore, a mental health advocate and wife of the sitting...

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The One and Only Patty Duke

Elizabeth Zavala
August 7, 2011

Her famous TV role as identical cousins may have been inspired by her bipolar behavior, but she pulled herself together with the right help—and she knows you can, too.   By Elizabeth Zavala Ask Patty Duke a question—any question—and she’ll answer it with candor and charm. She proclaims herself “an open book … a professional...

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Mary Forsberg Weiland & Bipolar Disorder

Linda Childers
May 7, 2011

Former supermodel and rocker wife, gets candid about her bipolar diagnosis and recovery. By Linda Childers   Mary Forsberg Weiland is known as a successful model and the ex-wife of Scott Weiland, former front man of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Yet in 2007, the beautiful brunette made headlines across the world after experiencing...

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The Wit & Wisdom of Carrie Fisher

Nancy Tobin
February 1, 2010

Hollywood daughter and Broadway star opens up about her struggles with bipolar disorder and her new-found strength By Nancy Tobin   House lights dim and Carrie Fisher—film actor, author, and Hollywood icon—casually strolls onto the stage of Broadway’s Studio 54 Theatre beaming at the applause. Dressed in an oversized Princess Leia wig, black silk PJs,...

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Bipolar Disorder Goes Hollywood

Stephanie Stephens
August 1, 2009

Well researched by writers, meticulously ordered by directors and ethically acted, roles for characters with bipolar disorder pepper the screen. It’s the moment of unwelcome truth for Detective Elliot Stabler’s character on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Tension mounts in the scene in his daughter Kathleen’s hospital room: DR. PARNELL: Mr. and Mrs....

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Matthew Good: Nothing to Hide

Michelle Roberts
November 1, 2008

Celebrated Canadian musician Matthew Good reflects on the highs and lows of his bipolar disorder. By Michelle Roberts   Throughout the 1990s, Vancouver musician Matthew Good emerged as one of his homeland’s biggest stars. With his Matthew Good Band, he produced a series of alternative rock records that rose to the top of the Canadian...

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Margaret Trudeau: Forgiveness, Gratitude, Wisdom

Charles Anzalone
February 8, 2008

Canada’s glamorous first lady of the ’70s re-emerges as a fighter for mental health.   By Charles Anzalone   For many years, Margaret Trudeau thought her up and down moods were just part of life. After all, her story resembled a movie script. Still a teenager and vacationing with her family in Tahiti, she won...

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Soap Star Maurice Benard: This Rebel Has A Cause

John Anderson
November 1, 2007

The Emmy-winner reveals what makes him tick— on the small screen and off. By John Anderson   When asked about Maurice Benard’s performance last year on the long-running soap opera General Hospital, head writer Bob Guza doesn’t hesitate: “It was the most courageous thing I’d ever seen,” he says. “Most actors,” Guza continues, “take risks;...

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