Whether it’s the pressure of Hollywood or something in their DNA, celebrities often fall prey to addiction. Sometimes surrounded by enablers who fuel their crazy cravings, week-long benders, and out-of-control behavior, these famous faces can easily slip into a downward spiral.
In some cases, they succumb to their “demons”, but in others, celebrities seek help, regain control of their lives, and come back better and stronger than ever.
The following actresses struggled with addiction and alcoholism once in their lives. Many did multiple stints in rehab and even served jail time. The lucky ones kicked the bad habits and went on to find renewed success, while others unfortunately died.
Former child star Drew Barrymore’s drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career.
Drew revealed in an interview that she went to one particular drug treatment center several times as a teen. She spent a lot of time in denial that she had a problem. And after she had gone to drug rehab a few times, she still experienced relapses. She indicated that she was taking her sobriety one day at a time and was very proud of her accomplishment. Another source says she never relapsed after her mid-teen years were over.
Like many drug addicts, Drew has some relationship issues with her mother and father. Her father died in 2004, and she was, fortunately, able to spend some good time with him before he did. Her relationship with her mother also went through a transformation. At one time, Drew’s mom became her manager, which seemed to cloud things even more.
“Full House” actress Mary-Kate Olsen suffered from anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have since designed a $55,000 pill-covered handbag.
“I look at old photos of me, and I don’t feel connected to them at all,” the former child star said. “I would never wish my upbringing on anyone… but I wouldn’t take it back for the world.”
Rather than envying her, her friends feel sorry for them… because it’s kind of bittersweet.
While her sister Ashley has remained relatively trouble-free, Mary-Kate’s problems have been played out in the spotlight of the world’s media.
From a hard-partying lifestyle and public battle with anorexia to the death of her friend Heath Ledger, it’s no wonder she imposed a media silence back in 2004.
This all-American beauty suffered a drug and alcohol addiction that saw her promising acting career thrown into a series of tumultuous twists and turns. She was the poster girl for a generation – her dazzling Hollywood smile beaming out from a mane of tousled golden hair and a tangle of bronzed limbs.
The very name Farrah Fawcett still conjures up that iconic 70s image of her in a red swimsuit – a poster that sold 12 million copies at the height of her fame in Charlie’s Angels.
The troubles of the past 10 years (before her death in 2009) have taken their toll on the former pin-up. Farrah has been dogged by relationship problems, drugs allegations and is fighting a rare form of intestinal cancer.
Once the adorable child star in the original film, The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan has since lost control of her life, including cocaine and alcohol abuse, DUI arrests, jail time and multiple stints in rehab.
Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland struggled with drug addiction for much of her life and died of a barbiturate overdose at age forty-seven.
Marilyn Monroe’s barbiturate overdose was allegedly a suicide attempt, reflecting her tumultuous personal problems.
Anna Nicole Smith
Although she denied her addiction and claimed she had a high tolerance for the medication because she was in pain, it was later revealed that she was involved in a prescription drug scandal allegedly involving her attorney and former domestic partner, Howard K. Stern, who faces two related convictions of conspiracy. The late Anna Nicole Smith passed away in 2007 when she overdosed on prescription drugs.
The six months leading up to her death were tumultuous, especially with the death of her son, Daniel, and the custody battle over her newborn daughter, Dannielynn, making headlines worldwide.