The life of a celebrity can often be portrayed as all glitz and glamour. However, there are many celebrities who would like to say that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Entertainers often feel immense pressure to work hard and meet everyone’s expectations even when it becomes physically impossible. There is also the pressure to be perfect for the stage and one’s admirers. This intense amount of pressure can only be dealt with for so long until a person breaks down, either physically or mentally. Being an entertainer in Hollywood has not changed much over the years, actresses from Marilyn Monroe to singers such as Mariah Carey have all dealt with mental breakdowns. Many of these celebrities have claimed to have emotional issues while others have believed their breakdown came from pure physical exhaustion. Here is a list of Hollywood entertainers who have experienced mental breakdowns during their careers.
Sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe was one actress that knew what it was like to be admitted into hospitals for mental breakdowns. Monroe herself did not have a pleasant upbringing as she never knew who her father was and when she was eight years old her mother was admitted to a hospital for paranoid schizophrenia. In 1960 during the filming of The Misfits, which would become her last completed film, Monroe was admitted to the Westside Hospital in Los Angeles for a nervous breakdown. She was flown to the hospital from her movie set in Nevada. The actress had been complaining of hearing voices for which she was prescribed a heavier dose of barbiturates. In 1961 after Monroe had divorced Arthur Miller, she was committed to the Payne Whitney psychiatric clinic in New York for threatening suicide. It could be said that Monroe never fully recovered from her various meltdowns as she continued to have emotional issues and it was on August 5, 1962 that Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood, California home.
Disney actress, Demi Lovato checked herself into a treatment facility in the fall of 2010. Lovato told Seventeen magazine that she basically had a nervous breakdown and decided to check herself into treatment when her manager and parents pulled her aside for an intervention. Lovato at the time was currently on tour with The Jonas Brothers and decided she was better off quitting the tour and seeking help before things got out of hand. According to People magazine the teen star also struggled with eating disorders and cutting however, it was at her treatment center that she was able to learn how to deal with her emotions. Lovato left the treatment facility in January of 2011 and has since partnered with The Jed Foundation in order to help other teens deal and cope with problems they may face.
Pop diva, Mariah Carey experienced an emotional and physical breakdown during the summer of 2001. The meltdown seemed to occur after Carey had been experiencing some rather disappointing news. The singer had been on a two week tour promoting her new film, Glitter, that went on to bomb at the box office and the soundtrack album for the film did disastrous as well. According to ABC News the album did so poorly that Virgin Records bought itself out of the contract leaving a bleak future for Carey. The diva was taken to a hospital July of 2001 in Westchester County, NY, moved to another hospital in Connecticut and was released in late August 2001. The songstress has since went on the record to clear up all of the rumors of what really occurred, stating that she was mentally and physically exhausted from working 21 hour days for three months straight. Carey has since recovered from her breakdown by releasing several successful albums and she has started a family with her entertainer husband, Nick Cannon.
Nickelodeon actress, Amanda Bynes had a long list of bizarre behaviors before she was placed into psychiatric hold. Starting in March 2012 the actress drove away while a cop was writing her up a ticket and in April of that year she was charged with a DUI. Many believed they were watching Britney Spears all over again as Bynes’ erratic behavior filled the news headlines. The ultimate was on July 22, 2012 when Bynes was caught starting a fire in a neighbor’s driveway in Southern California. This behavior placed Bynes on a 72-hour psychiatric hold which was eventually extended to 30 more days while Bynes’ mother was granted conservatorship over Bynes and her $4 million estate. Since her release from the treatment facility, Bynes has been doing well on the road to recovery. She has enrolled into the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Irvine and is currently looking for a place to live nearby.
Pop princess, Britney Spears appeared to be on a rollercoaster ride after she divorced her then husband, Kevin Federline in 2006. Just about everyone remembers the erratic behavior the singer showed, as she shaved her head, tried to attack the paparazzi with an umbrella and locked herself into a bathroom in her mansion. Spears’ life seemed to be on a downward spiral as she was placed on a psychiatric hold twice, lost custody of her two boys and was placed under her father’s conservatorship. Since then Spears has really made a comeback , regaining custody of her sons, releasing three albums, becoming a judge on reality show, The X-Factor and she recently signed on to a two year residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Supermodel, Kate Moss told Vanity Fair magazine about a nervous breakdown she experienced at the start of her modeling career. Moss spoke about the time when she shot the iconic ads for Calvin Klein with Mark Wahlberg. The model at the time was around 17 or 18 and she had to pose topless while straddling Wahlberg. While the ad campaign became iconic and did wonders for Moss’ career, she goes on to explain to Vanity Fair that she was very uncomfortable with the shoot and she didn’t feel like herself at all. Moss went on to state that she didn’t get out of bed for the next two weeks and when she went to the doctor for her symptoms all he did was hand her some Valium. Moss has been able to move forward from those trying days as she has had a highly successful modeling career and she has managed to settle down with her current husband, Jamie Hince.
Best known for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman movies, Margot Kidder suffered a very public nervous breakdown in 1996. The actress was writing her memoir when a computer virus destroyed all of her writings, turning her emotions upside down. It was right after that incident that Kidder began to believe that her ex-husband was trying to kill her. It was out of this fear that lead Kidder to cut her hair with a razor in order to disguise herself while attempting to live on the streets with other homeless people. The actress was eventually discovered by police and was treated for manic depression. Since then, Kidder has performed in various acting roles and in 2007 she stated that she hadn’t had a manic depressive episode in eleven years.
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