Marilyn and Mental Illness: An authors journey into the minds of iconic celebrities, linking them to mental illness

Lets play a game of who said it? “If you can’t take me at my worst, you can’t have me at my best”

Every woman reading this is probably rolling their eyes, thinking about how many times they posted this infamous Marilyn Monroe ‘phrase’ all over social media after a semi mid-life crisis also known as a break up.

As a teenager, Marilyn Monroe was my favorite classical star.  It was not due to her commercialized quotes and pictures (okay a little bit), but because there always seemed to be something lost behind her beauty.  A woman who, to the world was one person, but beneath the makeup and seductive persona, was someone desperately different.  As a young woman, diagnosed bipolar, role models are hard to find and Marilyn Monroe was someone I always felt connected to growing up.  She was creative, but lost, vibrant but silenced.  With that being said, you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this article from The Huffington Post (link below), that discusses the recently published book, “Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder” by science journalist Claudia Kalb.

Kalb links mental illness to iconic figures such as Monroe, Andy Warhol, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.  Kalb is quoted saying, “There do seem to be links between some of these conditions and creativity, and the notion your brain can operate differently.”  This is a book I will be sure to grab when I hit the bookstore this afternoon!  Anything that alludes to the idea that these iconic figures may have been mentally ill, is worth every penny!

Check out this article from The Huffington Post, that elaborates on Kalb’s book.

“How Studying The Minds of Cultural Icons May Combat Mental Illness Stigma”


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark says:

    Most recently Robin Williams. Seemed to be funny and a comic, but must have been suffering inside. I’m sure people close to him knew his demons……..although I’m not so sure?


    1. vlmrhm says:

      You can be sure when someone commits suicide that the person is in a great deal of pain.

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