Sybil (1976)

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A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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 Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)
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The story tells of a young woman admitting to having blackouts, fearing they are getting worse. She is believed to suffer from multiple personalities, as a result of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, whom the psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur, believes was schizophrenic. The movie Sibyl is based upon author Flora Rheta Schreiberthe's novel and fictionalized version of the life story of Shirley Ardell Mason, an American psychiatric patient, claimed to have suffered multiple personality disorder. The novel Sibyl, was in its turn based largely on the alleged actual accounts of psychiatric treatment that Shirley Ardell Mason underwent, documented by American psychiatrist Cornelia B. Wilbur. Numerous psychiatrists, both contemporary and more recent, have strongly contested the diagnosis. Written by Jim Berg

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Sybil - en verklig mardröm  »

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Natalie Wood was the casting director's first choice for Sybil, but the screenwriter turned Wood down. The role was then offered to Audrey Hepburn, who declined. The project remained dormant until Joanne Woodward agreed to co-star. See more »

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In the scene where Sybil and Dr. Wilbur are at the piano, Sybil begins playing With a Song in My Heart, however her hands are still on top of the piano when the music begins. See more »

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Hattie: You better say 'God is love' real quick.
Child Sybil: God is love!
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More than 20 years later, I still remember this riveting and emotional movie.
9 November 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was only 10 when I saw this on TV but still remember scenes vividly from it (I believe I watched it again since). Sally Field is awesome as she portrays a woman who was abused as a child by her mother and has developed multiple personalities as a result. It is fascinating and heart-breaking as the psychologist played by Joanne Woodward (also very good) uncovers all her personalities and reveals the suppressed memories which caused them. I can't recommend this movie enough. 10/10


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Does the book explain why her mother abused her and disliked her? katejane10
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