I was trying to think of a way to mesh a blog post about fireworks together with the topic of famous people living with mental illness. You see, it’s Victoria Day here in Canada and many people celebrate by setting off fireworks during the long weekend.
So, how’s this for a connection? Apparently Russell Brand lives with bipolar disorder (formally called manic depression). Brand is married to Katy Perry who sings the extremely catchy tune, “Firework.” A creative segue is now made.
Apparently, Robert Munsch (author), Linda Hamilton (actress) and Edvard Munch (painter) also have/had bipolar disorder or depression.There’s also a huge number of well-known people who are said to be affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, too. Here’s a short list: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Bill Cosby, Avril Lavigne, Magic Johnson, and Paris Hilton.
It makes sense of course: There’s a long standing connection between mental illness, intelligence and creativity. Some say that one must suffer for one’s art.
What do you think? Do you think that all brilliant artists “suffer” from some form of mental illness? Do you feel that passion is born from pain?