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.
Lady GagaLady Gaga
(Singer-songwriter)

28 March 1986

American

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
(Singer)

19 January 1946

American

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
(Actor)

02 May 1972

American

Brian MayBrian May

19 July 1947

British

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
(Comedian)

26 January 1958

American

Christian BaleChristian Bale

30 January 1974

British

EminemEminem
(Rapper)

17 October 1972

American

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
(American President.)

12 February 1809

American

Mike TysonMike Tyson
(Boxer)

30 June 1966

American

Barbara BushBarbara Bush
(Former First Lady of the U.S)

08 June 1925

American

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
(Actor)

09 June 1963

American

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
(Actress)

01 June 1926

American

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Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
(Actress, Filmmaker, Activist)

04 June 1975

American

Brad PittBrad Pitt
(Actor)

18 December 1963

American

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
(American stand-up comedian)

21 July 1951

American

Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
(Actor, Producer, Model, Investor)

07 February 1978

American

John LennonJohn Lennon
(Co-founder of 'The Beatles')

09 October 1940

British

Kristen BellKristen Bell
(Actress, Singer)

18 July 1980

American

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Jim CarreyJim Carrey
(Actor)

17 January 1962

Canadian,American

Kanye WestKanye West
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer)

08 June 1977

American

Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
(Film actress)

04 May 1929

British

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
(Actress)

12 November 1982

American

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
(American actor)

13 July 1942

American

Terry BradshawTerry Bradshaw
(Former NFL Star & TV Analyst)

02 September 1948

American

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Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
(Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress)

03 October 1969

American

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
(Singer, Songwriter)

20 February 1967

American

Britney SpearsBritney Spears
(Pop Singer)

02 December 1981

American

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
(Actor)

03 April 1924

American

Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones
(Actress)

25 September 1969

Welsh

Bill MurrayBill Murray
(American actor)

21 September 1950

American

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Chevy ChaseChevy Chase
(Comedian, Actor)

08 October 1943

American

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
(Author)

31 July 1965

British

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
(Writer)

07 February 1812

British

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
(Singer-songwriter)

23 September 1949

American

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
(Actor, Producer, Comedian)

03 April 1958

American

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey
(Mixed Martial Artist)

01 February 1987

American

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Bob DylanBob Dylan
(Singer & Songwriter)

24 May 1941

American

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
(Actress)

22 March 1976

American

Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton
(Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer)

04 January 1643

British

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
(Media proprietor)

29 January 1954

American

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
(Actress, Singer, Food Writer)

27 September 1972

American

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
(Writer)

21 July 1899

American

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Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
(Film actress)

20 August 1992

American

Chris CornellChris Cornell
(Musician)

20 July 1964

American

Chris FarleyChris Farley

15 February 1964

American

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
(American engineer)

20 January 1930

American

Halle BerryHalle Berry

14 August 1966

American

Winona RyderWinona Ryder

29 October 1971

American

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Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

British

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Composer)

27 January 1756

Austrian

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson

15 April 1959

British

Stephen KingStephen King
(Author)

21 September 1947

American

Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter

26 May 1966

British

Gerard WayGerard Way
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)

09 April 1977

American

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Woody AllenWoody Allen
(American bass guitarist)

01 December 1935

American

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton

30 March 1945

British

Hulk HoganHulk Hogan
(Professional Wrestler)

11 August 1953

American

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
(Actress)

30 April 1982

German,American

John AdamsJohn Adams
(2nd U.S. President)

30 October 1735

American

Lizzie BordenLizzie Borden

19 July 1860

American

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Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
(Stand-up Comedian)

01 December 1970

American

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor

31 March 1971

Scottish

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

German

Louis CKLouis C.K.
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer)

12 September 1967

American

Billy JoelBilly Joel

09 May 1949

American

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
(Singer-Songwriter)

16 May 1966

American

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Uma ThurmanUma Thurman

29 April 1970

American

John DenverJohn Denver
(Singer-songwriter)

31 December 1943

American

Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
(Naturalist, Geologist)

12 February 1809

British

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
(Businessman)

08 July 1839

American

Owen WilsonOwen Wilson
(American actor)

18 November 1968

American

Ray CharlesRay Charles
(Singer and Composer)

23 September 1930

American

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Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
(Poet, Novelist, and Writer)

27 October 1932

American

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

Italian

Mark TwainMark Twain
(Author and Humorist)

30 November 1835

American

Courtney LoveCourtney Love
(Singer, Actress)

09 July 1964

American

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
(Writer)

01 January 1919

American

Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields
(Actress and Model)

31 May 1965

American

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Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue
(Singer-Songwriter and Actress)

28 May 1968

Australian

Anthony KiedisAnthony Kiedis
(American musician)

01 November 1962

American

Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
(Actor, Director)

17 February 1981

American