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

Abraham Lincoln
31
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 16th President of the United States (1861-1865)
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Larue County, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 2 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
80
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 3 Kanye West

Kanye West
89
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Husband of Kim Kardashian
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 4 Robin Williams

Robin Williams
41
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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 5 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
47
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 5, 1962

 6 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt
41
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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 7 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn
28
Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: May 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1993
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 8 Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton
29
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Locust Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 9 Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain
35
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)

 10 J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling
66
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist & Producer
Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yate, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 11 Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
32
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 12 Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
24
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Orleans
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 13 Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
31
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890

 14 Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton
40
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Scientist, Mathematician
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 31, 1727

 15 Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin
31
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

 16 Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter
31
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 17 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
39
Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 18 Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor
11
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Scotland
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 19 Halle Berry

Halle Berry
35
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 20 Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones
22
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swansea
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 21 Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
16
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)

 22 Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson
18
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 23 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
10
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 24 Brian May

Brian May
15
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 25 Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
17
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torquay, Devon, England
Died: January 12, 1976

 26 Ray Charles

Ray Charles
10
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: June 10, 2004

 27 Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
10
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westmount
Died: November 7, 2016

 28 Chris Evans

Chris Evans
28
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 29 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw
13
Famous As: Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 30 Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette
8
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 31 Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton
26
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: March 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ripley, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 32 Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
4
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amherst
Died: May 15, 1886

 33 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson
7
Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville
Died: February 20, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 34 Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher
19
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Birthdate: February 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 35 Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 36 Lil Peep

Lil Peep
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 37 Stephen King

Stephen King
24
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portland, Maine
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 38 Michael Hutchence

Michael Hutchence
16
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Crows Nest, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 39 Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers
5
Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Died: July 24, 1980
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 40 William Blake

William Blake
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter, Poet
Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 12, 1827

 41 Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellingborough
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 42 Truman Capote

Truman Capote
5
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 25, 1984
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 43 Kate Bush

Kate Bush
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Welling, Southeast London, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 44 Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel
0
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chobham, Surrey, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 45 Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell
8
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970

 46 David Walliams

David Walliams
9
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 47 Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
0
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Known for Leaves of Grass, a collection of poetry
Birthdate: May 31, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hills, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1892

 48 Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor
3
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mercer
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 49 John Keats

John Keats
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Romantic poet
Birthdate: October 31, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moorgate
Died: February 23, 1821

 50 Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden
6
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)