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Sybil ()


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Season: 1 Year: 1976

A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations.
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  Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Richard (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Hattie (2 episodes, 1976)
Jane Hoffman ...
  Frieda Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Dr. Quinoness (2 episodes, 1976)
Jessamine Milner ...
  Grandma Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Willard Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Miss Penny (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Cam (2 episodes, 1976)
Tommy Crebbs ...
  Matthew (2 episodes, 1976)
Gina Petrushka ...
  Dr. Lazarus (2 episodes, 1976)
Harold Pruett ...
  Danny (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Child Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Dr. Castle (2 episodes, 1976)
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  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Virginia Campbell ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Missy Karn ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Tasha Lee ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Cathy Lynn Lesko ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Rachel Longaker ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Jennifer McAllister ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Kerry Muir ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Karen Obediear ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Tony Sherman ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Danny Stevenson ...
  The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
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  Tractor Farmer (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
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  Tommy (uncredited) (unknown episodes)

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The story tells of a young woman admitting to having blackouts, fearing they are getting worse. She is diagnosed as suffering from multiple personalities, as a result of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, whom her psychiatrist, Cornelia Wilbur, believes was schizophrenic. The movie Sibyl is based upon author Flora Rheta Schreiber's biography of Shirley Ardell Mason, an American psychiatric patient, suffering from multiple personality disorder. The book, also called Sibyl, was in its turn based largely on the actual accounts of psychiatric treatment that Shirley Ardell Mason underwent, documented by American psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur Written by Jim Berg

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Also Known As
  • Tie uuteen elämään (Finland)
  • Сибил (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Sybil - en verklig mardröm (Sweden)
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  • 198 min
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Trivia The real "Sybil" was recently identified as Shirley Ardell Mason, an art teacher who died in 1998 at the age of 75 in Lexington, Kentucky. Flora Rheta Schreiber, who wrote the book on which "Sybil" was based, gave her the name based on the women prophets of Greek mythology, the Sibyls, who spoke with multiple voices. See more »
Goofs In present day scenes (set in mid Seventies), Sybil appears to be in anywhere from 25-to-30 years old. But in flashbacks to her childhood scenes when she around five (which would be either late 1940's or early-mid 50's), everything (cars, fashions, hair, etc.) appears to be set in 1930's - long before she was even born. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978). See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: In accepting Peggy into her arms, Sybil began the deepest healing of her selves. In embracing Peggy, she embraced herself. In calming her, she was calming her own heart. As I watched her becoming mother to herself, I felt my own long motherhood ending. I released what I had held so long. I celebrated the beginning of her emancipation. I let go. Our work together lasted eleven years. Today, Sybil lives peacefully in a small college town where she's a professor of art. There's not enough time in the day for her to do everything she wants, but that time in every sense, is her own. She tells me she's happy. I know she's free.
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