Rosemary Clooney and Bipolar Disorder

Rosemary Clooney, a singer and actress, suffered from bipolar disorder most of her life. After years of her addiction to tranquilizers and a lack of treatment for bipolar disorder, Clooney's career suffered. Clooney had a manic episode onstage shortly after witnessing the assassination of her good friend, Robert F. Kennedy.

Fast Facts:

  • Clooney was hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital after her onstage breakdown.
  • Clooney wrote a book in 1977 detailing her battle with bipolar disorder.
  • During her hospitalization, Clooney was in a double-locked ward because she became violent at times.
  • Rosemary Clooney is one of many celebrities living with mental illness. Check out OrganizedWisdom's slideshow Celebrities with Mental Illness