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 
Abraham Lincoln
(16th President of the United States (1861-1865))

Abraham Lincoln
81
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)

Anne Hathaway
49
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
135
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yate, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 4 

Vincent van Gogh
62
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
63
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 6 
Brian May
(Lead Guitarist of the Rock Band 'Queen')

Brian May
24
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
25
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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 8 
Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist and Author)

Hunter S. Thompson
25
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 
Peter Gabriel
(Musician & Singer)

Peter Gabriel
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chobham, Surrey, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 10 
Lil Peep
(A Leading Figure of the Mid–late 2010s Emo Rap Scene)

Lil Peep
117
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 11 
Thom Yorke
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)

Thom Yorke
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellingborough
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 12 
Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)

Bertrand Russell
20
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970

 13 
David Walliams
(Comedian)

David Walliams
27
Birthdate: August 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 14 

Charlotte Rampling
5
Birthdate: February 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sturmer, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

Lizzie Borden
13
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)

 16 
Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)

Julian Assange
22
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 17 
Gerard Way
(Singer)

Gerard Way
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 18 
Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoonist)

Charles M. Schulz
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000

 19 
William James
(Philosopher, Psychologist)

William James
7
Birthdate: January 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 26, 1910

 20 
Marie Osmond
(Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter)

Marie Osmond
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ogden
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 21 
Anthony Kiedis
(American musician)

Anthony Kiedis
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 22 

Samuel Johnson
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 18, 1709
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: December 13, 1784

 23 

Craig Ferguson
12
Birthdate: May 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 24 

Philo Farnsworth
9
Birthdate: August 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaver, Utah, United States
Died: March 11, 1971

 25 
Freddie Prinze
(Actor, Stand-up comedian)

Freddie Prinze
12
Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States
Died: January 29, 1977

Elliott Smith
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Omaha
Died: October 21, 2003

 27 
Nick Drake
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer)

Nick Drake
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: November 25, 1974
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 28 
Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')

Charley Pride
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 29 

Brian Keith
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24, 1997
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 30 

Lee Thompson Young
10
Birthdate: February 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 19, 2013
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 31 
J. B. Priestley
(Novelist and Playwright)

J. B. Priestley
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: August 14, 1984

Siegfried Sassoon
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1, 1967

 33 
Moby
(Musician)

Moby
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 34 
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

 35 
Richard Lewis
(Comedian & Actor)

Richard Lewis
7
Birthdate: June 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 36 

Graham Greene
3
Birthdate: June 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 37 
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)

 38 
Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)

Lupe Fiasco
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 39 
Daniel Johns
(Musician)

Daniel Johns
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 40 
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)

 41 
Geezer Butler
(Musician)

Geezer Butler
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 42 

Anne Rice
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 11, 2021
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 43 
Peter Steele
(Singer and bassist for the goth and metal band Type O Negative)

Peter Steele
5
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)

 44 
Meriwether Lewis
(Explorer, Politician)

Meriwether Lewis
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 18, 1774
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivy, Colony of Virginia
Died: October 11, 1809

Boris Yeltsin
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Butka
Died: April 23, 2007

 46 
Shirley Manson
(Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter)

Shirley Manson
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 47 

Kenneth Williams
4
Birthdate: February 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: April 15, 1988

 48 
John Clare
(English poet)

John Clare
23
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 13, 1793
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helpston, England
Died: May 20, 1864

 49 
Capucine
(Model)

Capucine
1
Birthdate: January 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Died: March 17, 1990
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 50 
Paul Hester
(Former Drummer and Co-founder of Crowded House)

Paul Hester
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 26, 2005