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.
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972, American
Actor
Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
12 February 1809, American
American President.

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951, American
American stand-up comedian

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963, American
Actor

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American
Singer-songwriter

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American
Actress

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963, American
Actor
Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975, American
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist
Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter
26 May 1966, British
Actress

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Terry BradshawTerry Bradshaw
02 September 1948, American
Former NFL Star & TV Analyst

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946, American
Singer

Britney SpearsBritney Spears
02 December 1981, American
Pop Singer
Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958, American
Comedian

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958, American
Actor, Producer, Comedian

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976, American
Actress

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962, Canadian, American
Actor

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor
31 March 1971, Scottish
Actor
Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
04 May 1929, British
Film actress

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965, British
Author

Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971, American
 
Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982, American
Actress
Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981, American
Actor, Director

Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974, British
 

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982, German, American
Actress

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Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924, American
Actor
Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942, American
American actor

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
23 September 1949, American
Singer
Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978, American
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton
04 January 1643, British
Mathematician

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
27 September 1972, American
Actress

Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980, American
Actress, Singer

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947, American
Author
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899, American
Journalist

John AdamsJohn Adams
30 October 1735, American
2nd U.S. President

Gerard WayGerard Way
09 April 1977, American
Singer

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Christina RicciChristina Ricci
12 February 1980, American
Actress
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Bill MurrayBill Murray
21 September 1950, American
American actor
Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt
27 January 1969, American
Stand-up Comedian

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
27 January 1756, Austrian
Composer

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890, British
Writer
Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
Actress

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor
Uma ThurmanUma Thurman
29 April 1970, American
Actress

Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones
25 September 1969, Welsh
Actress

Owen WilsonOwen Wilson
18 November 1968, American
American actor

Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
02 March 1962, American
 

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British
Actress
Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

Julian AssangeJulian Assange
03 July 1971, Australian, Ecuadorian
Computer programmer

Chris FarleyChris Farley
15 February 1964, American
Actor

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey
01 February 1987, American
Professional wrestler
Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844, German
Philosopher

Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue
28 May 1968, Australian
Singer-Songwriter
John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
08 July 1839, American
Businessman

David LettermanDavid Letterman
12 April 1947, American
TV Presenter
Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields
31 May 1965, American
Actress and Model

Chevy ChaseChevy Chase
08 October 1943, American
Actor
Hulk HoganHulk Hogan
11 August 1953, American
Professional Wrestler

Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
01 December 1970, American
Stand-up Comedian

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828, Russian
 
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
12 February 1809, British
Naturalist

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian
Writer
Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812, British
Writer

David WalliamsDavid Walliams
20 August 1971, British
Comedian

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
16 May 1966, American
Singer-Songwriter

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter
Calvin CoolidgeCalvin Coolidge
04 July 1872, American
President of the U.S.A
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835, American
Writer

Courtney LoveCourtney Love
09 July 1964, American
Singer, Actress

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947, American
 
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896, American
Novelist

Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel
13 February 1950, British
 

MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475, Italian
Sculptor

Michael HutchenceMichael Hutchence
22 January 1960, Australian
Musician

Rachel MaddowRachel Maddow
01 April 1973, American
American television host
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957, British
Actor

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author
Louis CKLouis C.K.
12 September 1967, American
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 
LeAnn RimesLeAnn Rimes
28 August 1982, American
Country Singer
Ashley JuddAshley Judd
19 April 1968, American
Actress and Activist