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Famous Living People with Unipolar Depression

Here is an short list of famous LIVING unipolars. This list is based on Joy Ikelmann's Bipolar Info page. Joy spent several years compiling her list as people who are bipolar released this information to the public.

Joy has taken her wonderful bipolar pages down, but you can still visit them at

These people have said publicly that they have had one or more episodes of depression:

  • Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
  • Rona Barrett, entertainment reporter, author
  • Art Buchwald, writer
  • Barbara Bush, former First Lady (U.S.)
  • Ray Charles, musician
  • Eric Clapton, musician
  • Dick Clark, television personality (American Bandstand)
  • Leonard Cohen, musician, writer
  • Francis Ford Coppola, director
  • Michael Crichton, writer
  • Kathy Kronkite, writer (daughter of Walter Kronkite)
  • Sheryl Crow, musician
  • Mike Douglas, media personality
  • Tony Dow, actor, director
  • Thomas Eagleton, former politician; professor
  • James Farmer, civil rights activist (1960s to present)
  • Jules Feiffer, playwright, screenwriter, cartoonist
  • Albert French, writer
  • John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, educator, author
  • Mariette Hartley, actor
  • Stephen Hawking, physicist
  • Anthony Hopkins, actor
  • Salvador Luria, scientist (bacterial genetics), Nobel Laureate
  • Robert McFarlane, former National Security Advisor (U.S.)
  • Sarah McLachlan, musician
  • Charley Pell, former coach, Univ of Florida
  • Bonnie Raitt, musician
  • Joan Rivers, comedienne, talk show host
  • Roseanne, actor, writer, comedienne, also has MPD & OCD
  • Linda Sexton, writer (daughter of Anne Sexton)
  • Rod Steiger, actor
  • William Styron, writer
  • Kate Taylor, musician
  • James Taylor, musician
  • Livingston Taylor, musician
  • Mike Wallace, news anchor

Modified June 23, 2005

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