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Health Challenged Celebrities

Celebrity WatchLife as a public figure isn’t always a bowl of cherries. Fame and fortune cannot protect anyone from going through the same life hardships as us all. Find strength, inspiration, and validation that you are not alone on your journey from our list of celebrities, politicians, athletes, and others in the public spotlight who have been challenged by health issues.

Alvin Ailey | Anthony Perkins | Elizabeth Glaser | Freddie Mercury | Isaac Asimov | Perry Ellis | Rock Hudson | Tina Chow | Magic Johnson

Alzheimer’s Disease
Burgess Meredith | Norman Rockwell | Rita Hayworth | Sugar Ray Robinson | Aaron Copland | Charles Bronson | Charlton Heston | Ronald Reagan | Willem de Kooning

Alice Cooper | Charles Dickens | Coolio | Dennis Rodman | Derek Gillespie | Edith Wharton | Elizabeth Taylor | Ernesto (Che) Guevara | Greg Louganis | Jackie Joyner-Kersee | Jason Alexander | John F. Kennedy | Lindsey Lohan | Ludwig von Beethoven | Marcel Proust | Martin Scorsese | Pink | Ricki Lake | Theodore Roosevelt | Woodrow Wilson | Jacide Joyner-Kersee

Audre Lorde | Charlie Watts | Dana Reeve | Eddie Van Halen | Fran Drescher | Kylie Minogue | Lance Armstrong | Melissa Etheridge | Olivia Newton-John | Patrick Swayze | Peter Jennings | Suzanne Somers

Chemical Sensitivity
Rebecca Wells

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Oriah Mountain Dreamer | Laura Hillenbrand

Diabetes: Juvenile (Type 1)
Ann Rice | Elliot Yamin | Halle Berry

Diabetes: Adult Onset (Type 2)
Patti LaBelle

Electrical Sensitivity
Ricky Gardiner

Danny Glover | Margaux Hemingway | Truman Capote

A. J. Langer

Hepatitis C
Steven Tyler | Pamela Andersen

Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
Charles Mingus | David Niven | Jacob Javits | Michael Zaslow | Stephen Hawking

Michael Jackson | Seal

Lyme Disease
Amy Tan | Daryl Hall | Parker Posey | Rebecca Wells

Mental Illness
Abraham Lincoln | Antonin Artaud | Billy Joel | David Bowie | Drew Carey | Jim Carrey | Kurt Cobain | Margot Kidder | Marie Osmond | Michelango | Mike Wallace | Patti Duke | Rodney Dangerfield | Sheryl Crow | Ted Turner | Tipper Gore | Tracey Ullman | Vincent Van Gogh | Virginia Woolf | Vivien Leigh | Winston Churchill

Mercury Poisoning
Jeremy Piven | Lisa Marie Presley

Mold Illness
Lou Gossett Jr. | Bianca Jagger | Ed McMahon | Erin Brokovich

Multiple Sclerosis
Montel Williams | Teri Garr

Parkinson’s Disease
Muhammad Ali | Michael J. Fox

Sickle Cell Anemia
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins

Spinal Cord Injury / Paralysis
Christopher Reeve

Traumatic Brain Injury
Gary Busey

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  • earthwalker

    June 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I find it very interesting that quite a few comedians suffer from depression…I guess the comedy is a coping mechanism??

    Also, gets me so mad that almost all the links I found for Jeremy Piven’s mercury poisoning automatically doubted his diagnosis and assumed he was just trying to get out of work or was tired from partying too hard. Very frustrating. Why doesn’t America take mercury poisoning seriously – almost all of us are at risk between the amalgams in our mouths, the fish we eat, and the coal-powered electricity plants that spew out mercury into our air.

  • Lady Itchalot

    October 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Another name you might add, although I’m not sure how open she is about it, is Whoopi Goldberg with “perfume allergy”.
    It is severe enough that when they had a actress come to The View to promote a new perfume, Whoopi suddenly realized that she had to protect herself; the actress, and all the audience members, had to sign contracts saying that they would not open the bottled perfume while on set, and that the actress would not wear her new perfume to the set that day!
    With those kinds of protective measures, it certainly sounds like mcs to me!

  • earthwalker

    October 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks Lady…in order to add a name to our list, we must have a published story link to go with it; the celebrity must be “out” about their illness. I’ll do a search for this online and if you find one before me, send it over and I will post it. Thanks so much for mentioning it! J

  • Lucette

    October 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

    RE: Health Challenged Celebrities

    They forgot a few obvious very famous ones such as

    Cancer: Sandra Schmirler #81 Greatest Canadian, Terry Fox # 2 Greatest Canadian,

    Mental Illness: Robert Munsch # 78 Greatest Canadian though American born, Romeo Dallaire # 16 Greateat Canadian,

    Athma: Jacques Plante (inventer of the facemask), David Suzuki # 5 Greatest Canadian,

    Flesh Eating Disease: Jim Henson (the Muppets and Sesame Street), Lucien Bouchard (first leader of the BQ, PQ Priemier, Diplomat – believe it or not, it is funny when a separatist has a leg amputated)

    Traumatic Brain Injury: Robert Munsch (the two are a bit related in his case), Chris Benoit (see fifth)

    Except for Christ Benoit, who probably had no clue what was wrong with him before he died, they all meet your criteria as “out”

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