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Photo of Frances Farmer from Golden Boy program, 1938. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
Photo of Frances Farmer from Golden Boy program, 1938. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
In 1950, after nearly five years in a mental institution, Frances Farmer—a former-A-list actress crushed by alcohol and mental illness—was released into the legal custody of her mother. 36 year-old Frances returned to her family home in Seattle, where she lived for all intents and purposes under house arrest. In 1953, after three years caring for her aging parents and living with the fear that her mother could have her re-committed, Frances demanded a hearing to restore her independence. The hearing was granted and she was shocked to discover, from hospital administrators, something that her parents had neglected to tell her: she had been a free woman since 1951. Frances eventually remarried (twice), returned to acting, and was named Indiana's ...
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Like this but crying, and human. Pxfuel photo oozom (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Like this but crying, and human. Pxfuel photo oozom (CC0)
In 2004, a Milanese man acting like a cat was spotted in a tree mewing for help. When attempts to coax him down with a saucer of milk failed, the cat-man was rescued by firemen and taken to hospital for psychiatric tests. 
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In 2001, shortly after signing a $100 million recording contract, Mariah Carey surprised Carson Daly during an appearance on "Total Request Live" when she started taking off her clothes. "What are you doing?" Daly asked. "You're my therapy session right now, Carson," she replied. "See, every now and then, somebody needs a little therapy. And today is that moment for me." A week later, Mariah was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar II, the less severe form of bipolar disorder.
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David Letterman accepting his Individual Peabody Award. (Photo/Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College, freemans@uga.edu in New York City, Georgia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016). Credit: (Photo/Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College, freemans@uga.edu in New York City, Georgia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016) (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

David Letterman accepting his Individual Peabody Award. (Photo/Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College, freemans@uga.edu in New York City, Georgia, on Saturday, May ...(more)

"I was short-tempered and I would pull phones off the wall, and I would bang stuff, and I would scream, and I would throw fits, and it would take three days for this to burn out of me," David Letterman recalled at 72. "And finally, my doctor, after 10 years, he said, 'Oh, my God, try it [Prozac]... come on, let's go here.' A serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It was like getting a new pair of glasses." 
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A VW Polo. Photo from Wikipedia user M 93 (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)-Germany
A VW Polo. Photo from Wikipedia user M 93 (CC BY-SA 3.0)-Germany
In 2003, a Romanian man torched his Volkswagen Polo (a birthday present) after failing a driving test. "When I came home, I thought I saw the car laughing at me," he explained. "So I put gas on it and lit it up."
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Rough Creek Lodge
Picture of Chris Kyle holding rifle. Credit: TSHA ~ in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. (Public domain)
Picture of Chris Kyle holding rifle. Credit: TSHA ~ in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. (Public domain)
In February 2013, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (the subject of the movie American Sniper) and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine with posttraumatic stress disorder, at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas. From Wikipedia:Both Kyle and Littlefield were armed with .45-caliber 1911-style pistols when they were killed, but neither gun had been unholstered or fired, and the safety catches were still on. Kyle was killed with a .45-caliber pistol, while Littlefield was shot with a 9 mm SIG Sauer pistol. Both guns belonged to Kyle. Routh was a 25-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Lancaster, Texas. Kyle and Littlefield had reportedly taken Routh to the gun ...
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Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium
A greyhound during a race. Wikipedia photo from AngMoKio (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
A greyhound during a race. Wikipedia photo from AngMoKio (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Despite finishing dead last in the 8:15 race at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium on March 29, 1961, one of the dogs refused to stop running. After 15 minutes the hare was released a second time in a bid to distract him. When this idea failed to work, track officials were called in to help. Soon the enthusiastic dog was leading a group of 50 people in hot pursuit. For more than thirty minutes the crowd was treated to one of the most memorable sights in racing history. "We had to wait until it got exhausted and gave itself up," an official recalled. The dog's aptly-given name? Mental's Last Hope.
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Jodie Foster at the César awards ceremony. Credit: Georges Biard (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Jodie Foster at the César awards ceremony. Credit: Georges Biard (CC BY-SA 3.0)
During her freshman year at Yale in 1980–1981, Jodie Foster was stalked by John Hinckley, Jr., who had developed an obsession with her after watching Taxi Driver. He moved to New Haven and tried to contact her, both by letter and by phone. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, wounding him and three other people, claiming that his motive was to impress Foster. The incident led to intense media scrutiny and for a while Foster was accompanied by campus bodyguards wherever she went. She needed them. Foster had problems with several other stalkers, chief among them Edward Michael Richardson. Shortly after the Hinckley incident, Foster appeared in a campus play while Richardson, who was planning ...
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Shortly after Taxi Driver appeared in theaters, screenwriter Paul Schrader met a slightly deranged man. "He said, 'I've hitchhiked down from Seattle. I saw this movie Taxi Driver. Who told you about me?' And I said, 'Well… you probably were a taxi driver, you wrote about being a taxi driver, and you feel that I have somehow stolen your idea.' He said, 'No, I was never a taxi driver. I want to know who told you about me.' And I realized, you know, that he was that thing, and actually I was a little concerned that he might be armed [like Travis Bickle in the film]. I said to him, 'You know, you may think that the pain you are ...
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Crop of File:Actress Carrie Fisher © Riccardo Ghilardi photographer.jpg - Fisher at the Venice International Film Festival 2013. Credit: By Riccardo Ghilardi - Crop of File:Actress Carrie Fisher © Riccardo Ghilardi photographer.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55103929 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)

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For years, Carrie Fisher struggled with bipolar disorder. "There was a lot of singing and talking to strangers," she once remarked. Her judgment was also affected in other ways. "I went to China from Australia," she later recalled, "because when I looked on the map, it was only that far away [a few inches]."