A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.
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1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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 Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (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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14 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Sybil - en verklig mardröm  »

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Trivia

Sally Field almost did not get the part of Sybil. She was the last person to audition before the director's lunch break, and Fields' agent had to plead with them to let her audition. Ultimately, Joanne Woodward decided she wanted to see Field audition. See more »

Goofs

While Hattie is playing the piano near the end of the movie, her arm movements clearly do not match the rhythm of the music we hear. See more »

Quotes

Richard J. Loomis: Are you going to say good-bye to Sybil?
Matthew Loomis: That's not Sybil. Sybil went home.
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Get this MOVIE on DVD, PLEASE!!!
18 March 2002 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

We have waited long enough! After shelling out $100. for a VHS copy of this movie . . . I think there is a demand for this film. Especially the full version, on DVD! Now is the time! Especially with Sally Field having such popularity on E.R. and now with her own show! People WANT this film! Trust me!!! Please release it on DVD!!!


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