Oct 31, 2015
Britain's Vivien Leigh won her first Oscar for playing the definitive southern belle and steel magnolia, Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. Her second Oscar was for playing another southern yet fragile magnolia, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. After years of manic-depressive episodes, Leigh was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder when there was no known medication for control and relief. Not just a pretty face, Vivien was fiercely devoted to her craft and continued to act on stage and screen through her manic episodes until an early death from tuberculosis at fifty-three.
Sep 23, 2015 at 08:58am Cary Grant was the first to go public about his supervised use of LSD, which he hoped would cure the mental health challenges that he felt were due to his childhood abandonment. After Grant's father committed his mother to an institution in Bristol, England so that he could remarry, he abandoned his fifteen-year-old year son, who then boarded a ship to join a circus act bound for a gig across the Atlantic in New York City. Years after he achieved fame, he visited his mother, but she never recognized Grant as her son. According to his 5 ex-wives, his emotional scars left him with serious issues about women. Here, Eva Marie Saint seems to help him forget them in North By Northwest