Celebrities with a history of some eating disorder

by johanna-khristina | created - 27 Mar 2012 | updated - 27 Mar 2012 | Public

1. Elton John

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...

Bulimia & substance abuse, entered rehabilitation in 1990

2. Princess Diana

Self | This Week

Princess Diana was born July 1, 1961 at 7:45pm weighing 7lb 12oz at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She had her christening at Sandringham Church in Norfolk. Her full name is Lady Diana Frances Spencer. On July 29, 1981 she married her Prince Charming - Prince Charles of Wales, the ...

Her first struggles with bulimia took place in 1981, she sought help in the late 80's.

3. Jane Fonda

Actress | Klute

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by ...

Went public in the 70's with her struggle with bulimia

4. David Beckham

Actor | King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

David Beckham is one of Britain's most iconic athletes whose name is also an elite global advertising brand. He was captain of the English national team from 2000 to 2009, scored in three different FIFA World Cups, and played midfield for clubs in Manchester, England, Madrid, Spain, and Milan, ...

Is said to be/have been suffering from an eating disorder. I have found no reliable sources for this, though.

5. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and ...

Struggled with anorexia for many years

6. Paula Abdul

Actress | Robots

Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and ...

Suffered from bulimia and checked herself into a clinic in 1994

7. Demi Lovato

Soundtrack | Camp Rock

Born in 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Demi Lovato started out as a child actor on Barney & Friends. In 2007, Demi Lovato got a part on a short Disney Channel show called As the Bell Rings, and then she landed the starring role of the movie Camp Rock. While filming Camp Rock, Demi Lovato began ...

Talked about her eating disorder in her blog “My Battle With Eating Disorders"

8. Ashlee Simpson

Actress | The Hot Chick

Ashlee Nicolle Simpson was born on October 3, 1984 in Waco, Texas, to Tina Ann (Drew) and Joe Truett Simpson, a psychologist and Baptist youth minister. Ashlee started dancing at the age of 4 and by the time she was 11 enjoyed the status of being the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious...

Had an eating disorder in her pre-teen years

9. Calista Flockhart

Actress | Ally McBeal

Calista Kay Flockhart was born 11 November, 1964 in Freeport, Illinois. Her mother, Kay (Honohan), was a school teacher, and her father, Ronald Flockhart, worked for Kraft Foods Inc. She has Irish, Scottish, German, and English ancestry. Calista was named after two of her great-grandmothers, who ...

Had anorexia during the "Ally McBeal"-years

10. Geri Horner

Actress | Spice World

Geri Horner was born on August 6, 1972 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England as Geraldine Estelle Halliwell Hidalgo. She has been married to Christian Horner since May 15, 2015. They have one child.

Talks about her struggles with bulimia in her book "Just For The Record"

11. Mary-Kate Olsen

Actress | It Takes Two

Mary-Kate Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American actress, fashion designer, producer, author, and businesswoman. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint alongside her fraternal twin sister Ashley Olsen. Olsen ...

Her anorexia started, or became obvious to the public, in 2004 when she was 18 years old.

12. Sharon Osbourne

Actress | Austin Powers in Goldmember

Sharon Osbourne was born on October 9, 1952 in Brixton, London, England as Sharon Rachel Arden. She is a producer and actress, known for Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006) and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006). She has been married to Ozzy Osbourne since July 4, ...

Has been suffering from bulimia for many years

13. Victoria Beckham

Actress | Spice World

Victoria Beckham was born Victoria Caroline Adams on 17 April 1974 in Harlow, Essex, England, to Jacqueline Doreen (Cannon), an insurance clerk and hairdresser, and Anthony William Adams, an electronics engineer. She does not like being called Vicky. Instead, call her Posh, which stands for the ...

Confirmed to having an eating disorder in her book "Learning To Fly"

14. Alanis Morissette

Soundtrack | Dogma

Alanis Nadine Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, on June 1st 1974. Alanis' Greek name is a feminine version of her father's name, Alan. Her mother's name's Georgia and she has two brothers: Chad and Wade (Alanis' Twin). She learned to play the piano at age 6 and the guitar at age 21. In 1986 ...

Had anorexia/bulimia between the ages of 14 and 18

15. Felicity Huffman

Actress | Transamerica

Felicity toiled away for 20 years in ill fated television shows, Broadway plays and independent films in the shadow of her successful husband, actor William H Macy, then she got the part of Lynette Scavo in the television series Desperate Housewives and the film Transamerica resulting in a Golden ...

Had anorexia and bulimia in her teens/ early twenties

16. Fiona Apple

Soundtrack | Pleasantville

Daughter of former singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart. She was classically trained as a pianist as a child and began composing songs when she was eight years old. She crafted a demo tape while in Los Angeles finishing High School. When she returned home to New York for Christmas one of ...

Developed anorexia in her early teens

17. Kate Beckinsale

Actress | Underworld: Evolution

Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard ...

Had anorexia when she was younger (before being famous)

18. Kate Winslet

Actress | Titanic

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

Struggled with an eating disorder in her youth

19. Sally Field

Actress | Forrest Gump

Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field...

Eating disorder between the ages of 20 and 23

20. Lily Allen

Actress | Elizabeth

Lily Allen was born on May 2, 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England as Lily Rose Beatrice Allen. She has been married to Sam Cooper since June 11, 2011. They have three children.

Suffered from bulimia in 2009

21. Kelly Clarkson

Soundtrack | From Justin to Kelly

Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann (Rose), a teacher of English, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, an engineer. She was the first winner of the series American Idol, in 2002. Kelly is also a strong believer in God. She has been married to Brandon Blackstock since ...

Had bulimia for six months in high school

22. Lady Gaga

Actress | Machete Kills

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an internet entrepreneur. Her ...

Had bulimia when she was younger

23. Kathy Griffin

Actress | The Cable Guy

Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show ...

Has battled bulimia for several years

24. Janet Jackson

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...

Experiences an ongoing struggle with her eating disorder and yo-yo dieting

25. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

Diane was a California native who studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair". As understudy to the lead, she ...

Had bulimia for five years, starting in 1968 when she had to lose weight for a Broadway part

26. Thandie Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...

Struggled with anorexia/ bulimia for several years, starting in her teens when she was a ballet dancer

27. Tara Reid

Actress | Alone in the Dark

Born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA on November 8, 1975. She got her career start at six, when she appeared on a children's game show called Child's Play (1982). Later, she appeared in commercials for Jell-O, McDonald's, and Crayola. She attended the Professional Children's School in New York City. Her...

Developed anorexia in 2001 after a breakup

28. Christina Ricci

Actress | Casper

Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish ...

Had anorexia in her teens

29. Portia de Rossi

Actress | Arrested Development

Portia de Rossi was born and raised in Geelong, Australia. Originally born Amanda Rogers, at 15 she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done up until that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied ...

Developed an eating disorder because of the pressure in Hollywood to be skinny

30. Nicole Richie

Actress | Kids in America

The outspoken, wise-cracking comedic socialite and star of The Simple Life (2003), Nicole Camille Escovedo was born in Berkeley, California on September 21, 1981. She is the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey, and socialite Paris Hilton's former best friend. ...

Sought help for her eating disorder in 2006

31. Nicole Polizzi

Actress | The Three Stooges

Nicole Polizzi was born on November 23, 1987 in Santiago, Chile as Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi. She is a producer and writer, known for The Three Stooges (2012), Movie 43 (2013) and Supernatural (2005). She has been married to Jionni LaValle since November 29, 2014. They have two children.

Suffered from anorexia/bulimia during high school

32. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman.

While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, ...

Has been struggling with overeating and yo-yo dieting for many years

33. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and distant ...

Had an eating disorder in the beginning of this millennium and has been obsessive about her weight since puberty

34. Britney Spears

Soundtrack | Crossroads

Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in rural Louisiana (Kentwood) to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, ...

The sources are of questionable reliability, but she is said to have been suffering from bulimia since the age of 16.

35. Amy Winehouse

Soundtrack | About Time

Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works.

She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's ...

Struggled with several different eating disorders starting 2004 until her death in 2011