As we continue on our Journey to destigmatize mental lllness, we will continue to feature celebrities who have been brave enough to be forthcoming about their illnesses. Today, we celebrate Sally Field.
Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, CA. Despite her success, Sally Field has suffered from extreme shyness, social phobia, anxiety attacks and eating disorders.
Sally Field has won two Oscars, 23 other awards including Best Actress from the American Movie Awards and Best Actress from the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for various awards 26 additional times. Her acting career has spanned over 40 years, beginning with "Gidget" in 1965. Not only an actress, Sally has both produced and directed television and big screen movies, as well as written a teleplay, "The Christmas Tree."
Despite her long and successful career, Sally Field is still best known for her television series, "The Flying Nun." Even though the show was successful, Sally was miserable, going through periods of depression and eating binges and then extreme diets. In an article on Answers.com, Sally talks about her time on the show, "I would lose ten to fifteen pounds in a week, eating nothing but cucumbers and working all day. My hands would shake all the time and sometimes I'd pass out. But then I would go on these enormous binges. I lived alone and was very lonely."
Sally also believes that anxiety played a role in both rushing into her first marriage and the ending of her second marriage. According to an article in People magazine, [Serelnly Single ,1996, People Magazine], Sally Field and her second husband, Alan Greisman were very different. She was content staying home and he was a social person, loving parties, premiers and power lunches. Sally Field, on the other hand, dreaded any social events, "I couldn't take it. I'd have an anxiety attack."
According to the article in People Magazine, Sally Field still has anxiety attacks and lacks self-confidence, but has always managed to find the courage to overcome anxiety disorder and keep going.
"Biography: Sally Field", Updated 2008, Answers.co
"Serenely Single", 1996, Gregory Cerio, Todd Gold, Lynda Wright, People Magazine
"Sally Field", Updated 2008, Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com