Famous People Who Battled Depression

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Human lives are full of ups and downs, and it is but inevitable that the tough times sometimes take a major toll on one’s mental health. To the layman, celebrities seem to be having it all—success, fame, money, and adulation. But what we miss out is the darker side of fame. To the world, actor Angelina Jolie comes across as a gorgeous, wealthy, and highly successful woman, but did you know she once battled depression so bad that it gave her suicidal thoughts? Depression is a serious illness that can strike anyone and even the most popular and successful people aren’t immune. Film director and comedian Woody Allen is undoubtedly one of the funniest guys on-screen, but he has faced some huge challenges in his personal life including his bouts with depression. Creative people especially are more prone to mental illness and thus it might not be surprising to note that the legendary rock singer Jon Bon Jovi, award winning author Truman Capote, and singer song-writer Sheryl Crow also battled depression at some points in their lives. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous people who battled depression.
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 1 
Abraham Lincoln
(16th President of the United States (1861-1865))
Abraham Lincoln
120
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Larue County, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 2 
Anne Hathaway
(Academy Award-Winning Actress Known for Her Films: 'Les Misérables', 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Rachel Getting Married')
Anne Hathaway
78
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 3 
J. K. Rowling
(Author of Children's Fantasy Series, 'Harry Potter')
J. K. Rowling
204
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yate, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 4 
Vincent van Gogh
(One of the Most Famous and Influential Artists of All Time)
Vincent van Gogh
81
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890
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 5 
Halle Berry
(Only African-American Woman To Win Oscar for Best Actress)
Halle Berry
106
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
 6 
Brian May
(Lead Guitarist of the Rock Band 'Queen')
Brian May
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 7 
Alanis Morisette
(Singer-Songwriter)
Alanis Morisette
37
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 8 
Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist, Author and Founder of the Gonzo Journalism Movement)
Hunter S. Thompson
37
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 20, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 9 
Thom Yorke
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)
Thom Yorke
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellingborough
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 10 
Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)
Bertrand Russell
25
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970
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 11 
Lil Peep
(A Leading Figure of the Mid–late 2010s Emo Rap Scene)
Lil Peep
180
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 12 
Peter Gabriel
(Musician & Singer)
Peter Gabriel
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chobham, Surrey, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 13 
David Walliams
(Comedian)
David Walliams
66
Birthdate: August 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Gerard Way
(Singer)
Gerard Way
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 15 
Charlotte Rampling
(English Actress, Model and Singer Best Known for Her Film ‘45 Years’)
Charlotte Rampling
11
Birthdate: February 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sturmer, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 16 
Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)
Julian Assange
37
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 17 
Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoonist)
Charles M. Schulz
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000
 18 
Marie Osmond
(Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter)
Marie Osmond
17
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ogden
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 19 
William James
(Philosopher, Psychologist)
William James
11
Birthdate: January 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 26, 1910
 20 
Samuel Johnson
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 18, 1709
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: December 13, 1784
 21 
Craig Ferguson
12
Birthdate: May 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 22 
Freddie Prinze
(American Actor and Stand-up Comedian Known for His TV Sitcom ‘Chico and the Man’)
Freddie Prinze
17
Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States
Died: January 29, 1977
 23 
Elliott Smith
(American Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist)
Elliott Smith
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Omaha
Died: October 21, 2003
 24 
Philo Farnsworth
11
Birthdate: August 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaver, Utah, United States
Died: March 11, 1971
 25 
Boris Yeltsin
(Former President of Russia)
Boris Yeltsin
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Butka
Died: April 23, 2007
 26 
Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 27 
Lee Thompson Young
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’)
Lee Thompson Young
12
Birthdate: February 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 19, 2013
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Nick Drake
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer)
Nick Drake
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: November 25, 1974
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 29 
Moby
(Musician)
Moby
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 30 
Siegfried Sassoon
(English War Poet and Soldier Who Became One of the Leading Poets of the First World War)
Siegfried Sassoon
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1, 1967
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J. B. Priestley
(Novelist and Playwright)
J. B. Priestley
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: August 14, 1984
 32 
Richard Lewis
(Comedian & Actor)
Richard Lewis
10
Birthdate: June 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 33 
Devin Townsend
(Founder, Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist for the Extreme Metal Band 'Strapping Young Lad')
Devin Townsend
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
 34 
Graham Greene
5
Birthdate: June 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 35 
Maurice Chevalier
(French Singer Best Known for His Signature Songs: "Livin' In The Sunlight", "Valentine", "Louise" and "Mimi")
Maurice Chevalier
2
Birthdate: September 12, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1972
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 36 
Jake Roberts
(Professional wrestler, Film editor)
Jake Roberts
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 37 
Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)
Lupe Fiasco
4
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Geezer Butler
(Musician)
Geezer Butler
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 39 
Daniel Johns
(Best Known as the Former Frontman, Guitarist, and Primary Songwriter of the Rock Band ‘Silverchair')
Daniel Johns
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 40 
Shirley Manson
(Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter)
Shirley Manson
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 41 
Meriwether Lewis
(Explorer, Politician)
Meriwether Lewis
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 18, 1774
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivy, Colony of Virginia
Died: October 11, 1809
 42 
Capucine
(Model)
Capucine
4
Birthdate: January 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Died: March 17, 1990
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 43 
Kenneth Williams
6
Birthdate: February 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: April 15, 1988
 44 
Peter Steele
(Singer and bassist for the goth and metal band Type O Negative)
Peter Steele
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 2010
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 45 
Paul Hester
(Former Drummer and Co-founder of Crowded House)
Paul Hester
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 26, 2005
 46 
Lizzie Borden
(American Woman Tried and Acquitted of the August 4, 1892 Axe Murders of Her Father and Stepmother)
Lizzie Borden
23
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 1, 1927
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 47 
Elisa Lam
(Chinese-Canadian Tourist Who Was Found Dead in Los Angeles Cecil Hotel)
Elisa Lam
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: February 1, 2013
 48 
Joe Budden
(Rapper, Musician, Singer)
Joe Budden
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
 49 
Frank Bruno
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Frank Bruno
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 50 
Janis Ian
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Author)
Janis Ian
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farmingdale, New Jersey, United States