Sybil, a 1978 made-for-TV movie starring Joanne Woodward and Sally Field, based on the book by Flora Rheta Schreiber, brought home the harrowing inner world of a substitute teacher in New York suffering from extreme multiple personality disorder.
A new book, Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case, contends that the real-life Sybil was, in reality, little more than a borderline neurotic who faked multiple personalities to be more interesting to her therapist.
Presumed exaggerations of Sybil aside, the cinema has a long and estimable history of uncovering the truths of mankind’s most misunderstood maladies—mental illness.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, there will be more than 288,000 new cases of breast cancer this year in the United States. Breast cancer touches women (and men) of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities. Many famous faces are included in that bunch. These celebrities battled breast cancer, and have used their fame to help raise awareness—and hope—for other women.