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.
Julian AssangeJulian Assange
03 July 1971, Australian
Computer programmer
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972, American
Actor

Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American
Singer-songwriter

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
12 February 1809, American
American President.

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951, American
American stand-up comedian
Chris FarleyChris Farley
15 February 1964, American
 

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975, American
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American
Actress

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963, American
Actor
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963, American
Actor

Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Britney SpearsBritney Spears
02 December 1981, American
Pop Singer

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
27 September 1972, American
Actress, Singer, Food Writer
Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British
 

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter

Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
04 May 1929, British
Film actress

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976, American
Actress
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982, American
Actress

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter
Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
 

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958, American
Comedian

Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978, American
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962, Canadian, American
Actor
Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942, American
American actor
Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980, American
Actress, Singer

Bill MurrayBill Murray
21 September 1950, American
American actor

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947, American
Author
Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924, American
Actor

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress

Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971, American
 

Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton
04 January 1643, British
Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer

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Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue
28 May 1968, Australian
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958, American
Actor, Producer, Comedian

Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974, British
 
Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey
01 February 1987, American
Mixed Martial Artist

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965, British
Author
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899, American
Writer

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
Musician

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946, American
Singer

David WalliamsDavid Walliams
20 August 1971, British
Actor

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
23 September 1949, American
Singer-songwriter
Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
16 May 1966, American
Singer-Songwriter

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
27 January 1756, Austrian
Composer

David LettermanDavid Letterman
12 April 1947, American
TV Presenter

Uma ThurmanUma Thurman
29 April 1970, American
 
Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones
25 September 1969, Welsh
Actress

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
 
Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982, German, American
Actress

Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter
26 May 1966, British
 

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow
11 February 1962, American
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Hulk HoganHulk Hogan
11 August 1953, American
Professional Wrestler
Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844, German
Philosopher and Philologist

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor
31 March 1971, Scottish
 
Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
01 December 1970, American
Stand-up Comedian

Courtney LoveCourtney Love
09 July 1964, American
Singer, Actress
Owen WilsonOwen Wilson
18 November 1968, American
American actor

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890, British
 

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930, American
American engineer

Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields
31 May 1965, American
Actress and Model
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475, Italian
Sculptor
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
12 February 1809, British
Naturalist, Geologist

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812, British
Writer

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931, Russian
 

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
08 July 1839, American
Businessman
John AdamsJohn Adams
30 October 1735, American
2nd U.S. President

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer and Composer

Mark TwainMark Twain
30 November 1835, American
Author and Humorist

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957, British
Comedian, Actor

Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981, American
Actor, Director
Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author

Christina RicciChristina Ricci
12 February 1980, American
Actress
Louis CKLouis C.K.
12 September 1967, American
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt
27 January 1969, American
 

Layne StaleyLayne Staley
22 August 1967, American
 
Peter SellersPeter Sellers
08 September 1925, British
 

Chevy ChaseChevy Chase
08 October 1943, American
Comedian, Actor
Ashley JuddAshley Judd
19 April 1968, American
Actress and Activist

Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
02 March 1962, American
 

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882, British
Novelist
Corey TaylorCorey Taylor
08 December 1973, American
Singer, Actor

Rachel MaddowRachel Maddow
01 April 1973, American
American television host
Lizzie BordenLizzie Borden
19 July 1860, American
 

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896, American
Novelist

Gerard WayGerard Way
09 April 1977, American
Singer-songwriter, Musician

Michael HutchenceMichael Hutchence
22 January 1960, Australian
Musician
Robbie WilliamsRobbie Williams
13 February 1974, British