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List of interviewees, 2023 Video

Below is a list of people from history or current celebrities who are reputed to have experienced some form of mental illness. This list is for those who wish to audition for the video being produced in 2023. Please look it over to see which of them you want to audition for.

Lionel Aldridge

Professional football player diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Simone Biles

American gymnast who withdrew from finals in Tokyo, reportedly due to stress and anxiety.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon has been said to have been a narcissist and possibly psychopathic.

Winston Churchill

Mr. Churchill was Great Britain's prime minister during the second World War. He showed signs of depression and was known to use alcohol heavily.

Salvador Dalí

Mr. Dalí was a highly creative and well-regarded artist of the 20th century. He was, by many accounts, a strange and quirky fellow. Some have speculated that he had some sort of personality disorder, but also allow that he could have merely been projecting an oddball "artistic" personality intentionally.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis, trumpeter and band leader, was one of the leading talents in jazz music in the 20th century. He suffered from chronic pain and was said to be sometimes violent and temperamental, and to have consumed alcohol and cocaine to alleviate his pain.

Johnny Depp

Johnny is a well-known film actor. He has openly discussed his difficulties with chronic depression, and has been said to suffer from ADHD and substance abuse.

Emily Dickinson

Miss Dickinson was one of the most highly regarded poets of the 19th century. She was known to be reclusive, rarely leaving her home, and appears to have been agoraphobic.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, a famous singer, actor, and performer of the 21st Century, has spoken openly of her mental health challenges: PTSD due to rape, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts.

Georg Friedrich Handel

Handel was a prolific and inspired composer of the 18th century, best known for his oratorial Messiah. He was believed to suffer from anxiety and depression, and some have suggested that he may have been bipolar.

Billie Holiday

Ms. Holiday was an influential and highly regarded jazz singer in the 20th century. She was addicted to heroin.

Mario Lanza

Mr. Lanza was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 20th century. He was considered the best male opera singer, although most of his performances were in musical theater and film. He engaged in severe bouts of binge drinking and overeating, and died from resulting health problems at the age of 38.

Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln suffered from lifelong severe depression, and was put on suicide watch by family and friends in his younger years.

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Lincoln, was perceived to behave erratically and to have paranoid delusions. Although her son Robert had her committed to a mental asylum, and she was deemed by many contemporaries to be insane, some modern analysts suspect that her behavior was connected to physical health problems, particularly pernicious anemia.

John Nash

Mr. Nash was an eminent mathematician who advanced certain mathematical concepts. At age 30, he developed schizophrenia, which abated when he was in his fifties. Nash was the subject of the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind.

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