Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Did you know??

Gene Tierney was not the only famous person who had undergone ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy aka. electroshock therapy)


  • Clara Bow, American actress
  • Richard Brautigan, American writer and poet
  • Dick Cavett, TV host. In 1992 he wrote in People, "In my case, ECT was miraculous. My wife was dubious, but when she came into my room afterward, I sat up and said, 'Look who's back among the living.' It was like a magic wand."
  • Kitty Dukakis, wife of former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and author of Shock, a book chronicling her experiences with ECT.
  • Thomas Eagleton, American vice-presidential hopeful and running mate of George McGovern. Eagleton lost the nomination in 1972 when it was discovered he had undergone ECT. He was replaced by Sargent Shriver.
  • Frances Farmer, American cinema actress
  • Janet Frame, New Zealand writer who was wrongly diagnosed with schizophrenia. Many of her works contain semi-autobiographical accounts of her treatment
  • Judy Garland, American film actress and singer
  • Ernest Hemingway, American author, committed suicide shortly after ECT treatment at the Mayo Clinic in 1961. He is reported to have said to his biographer A.E. Hotchner, "Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient...."
  • Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
  • Ken Kesey, American author
  • Vivien Leigh, British actress
  • Oscar Levant, pianist
  • Robert Lowell, American poet and writer
  • Mervyn Peake, English artist and writer
  • Sylvia Plath, American poet
  • Cole Porter, American composer and musician
  • Dory Previn, American poet, writer and lyricist
  • Paul Robeson, American actor
  • Lou Reed, rock musician
  • Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer. He underwent treatment after serving in the French military.

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