Famous People Who Battled Depression

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 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson.
36
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 2 Eminem

Eminem.
17
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 3 Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp.
21
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owensboro
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln.
15
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 5 Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie.
49
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actress, Filmmaker, Activist
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 6 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga.
35
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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 7 Robin Williams

Robin Williams.
17
Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 11, 2014
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 8 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe.
21
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 5, 1962

 9 Kanye West

Kanye West.
38
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 10 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt.
18
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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 11 Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato.
42
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 12 Britney Spears

Britney Spears.
32
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 13 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson.
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 14 John Lennon

John Lennon.
20
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980

 15 Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey.
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 16 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn.
20
Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: May 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1993

 17 Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford.
9
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 18 Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton.
17
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Locust Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 19 Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain.
11
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Died: April 5, 1994
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 20 Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey.
22
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 21 Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon.
12
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Orleans
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 22 Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway.
12
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 23 J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling.
39
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist & Producer
Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yate, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 24 Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani.
15
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 25 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan.
28
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 26 Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 31, 1727

 27 Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

 28 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey.
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Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 29 Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: July 1, 2004

 30 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 31 Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter.
23
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 32 Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: July 2, 1961
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 33 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
12
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: January 27, 1756
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: December 5, 1791
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 34 Halle Berry

Halle Berry.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 35 Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Scotland
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 36 Christian Bale

Christian Bale.
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Birthdate: January 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 37 Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1812
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landport, Hampshire, England
Died: June 9, 1870
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 38 Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swansea
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 39 Bill Murray

Bill Murray.
3
Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 40 Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue.
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 41 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson.
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 42 Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche.
3
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Died: August 25, 1900
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 43 Brian May

Brian May.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 44 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan.
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)

 45 Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson.
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 46 Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen.
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 47 Michelangelo

Michelangelo.
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
Died: February 18, 1564

 48 Mark Twain

Mark Twain.
7
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, United States
Died: April 21, 1910
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 49 John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller.
6
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richford, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 1937

 50 Billy Joel

Billy Joel.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)