FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH AUTISM
One of the many reasons why a person becomes a fan of a celebrity or a supporter of notable figures is the sense of connection that they seem to share. People easily get attached to someone being looked up to when they have certain similarities in any aspect of their life, may it be as simple as birthdays and favourite food, to more complex things such as fashion and principles. That is why when a famous person makes some very important announcements that could expose parts of their personal life and change their whole career, or whose life’s history has been made more interesting with uncovered discoveries, it is almost impossible for the public to remain indifferent or act unaffected, especially to those fans and supporters who have been with them all the way. It is also in this manner that prominent individuals become a form of extended support for those who are experiencing similar situations or suffering the same conditions that they also happen to be in or have, either known through the media or written
That is why when a famous person makes some very important announcements that could expose parts of their personal life and change their whole career, or whose life’s history has been made more interesting with uncovered discoveries, it is almost impossible for the public to remain indifferent or act unaffected, especially to those fans and supporters who have been with them all the way. It is also in this manner that prominent individuals become a form of extended support for those who are experiencing similar situations or suffering the same conditions that they also happen to be in or have, either known through the media or written historical records. In the talks of autism-related cases, for example, there are a lot of historical figures and modern celebrities who are reported to also fall under the spectrum, regardless of whether they’re knowledgeable about it or not. The people below are some of the renowned figures from all walks of life, and from different timelines who have been reportedly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
One of the most influential and highly regarded musicians of the classical era, he is one of those autistic savant individuals who has developed extraordinary skills that are seen as rare or highly uncommon in a conventional context. He already made compositions even at an early age of five, as he can already proficiently play the piano and violin. At that age, Mozart was already set to perform in front of a royal audience, making his early childhood an undeniable case of a child prodigy in the field of music. Studies about his life and past works have shown Mozart as an autistic individual, stating that his facial expressions are somewhat repetitive and that both his hands and feet cannot stay still. An even more intriguing report from Mozart’s compiled letters told a certain incident where Mozart started jumping over tables and chairs in an attempt to kill his boredom, while also meowing like a cat and doing somersaults.
Did you enjoy watching the movie ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’? Were you also intrigued and enchanted by the feel of the gothic and quirky animated films ‘The Corpse Bride’, and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’? If so, you must have already known about Tim Burton, the person behind these top rated films, but you may not know that he is autistic, according to the accounts of his wife, Helena Bonham Carter. While doing her own research for a film, and watching a specific documentary about autism, Helena realized that many traits and symptoms of the disorder are being manifested by Tim, who admitted that what autistic children go through is also how he felt when he was a child. After mentioning that her husband has Asperger’s, she also emphasized how these autism-specific traits made her love her husband more, describing how sometimes Tim can’t easily hear her when he’s focused on his work but makes it up with his good sense of humour and extraordinary imagination.
Another leading figure of an art movement is Andy Warhol. In the 1960’s, Warhol’s influence was made evident in many forms of visual arts in the US, termed as Pop Art, which tends to establish the connection between celebrities, advertising, and artistic expression. Some of his most notable works include ‘Marylin Diptych’ and ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ employing screen printing technique, which are also the very reasons that made an autism expert believe Andy Warhol to be autistic. Dr Judith Gould, the director of Britain’s premier autism and Asperger’s diagnostic institution called Eliot House, highlights the element of repetition that is found in many of Warhol’s works which are indicative of autism disorder.
The creator of the children’s favourite fantasy novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, Lewis Carroll is also found to be possibly autistic following an expert’s study. You may have known him as a great writer, but Lewis Carroll is impressively skilled in many other areas, such as Mathematics, Logic, and Photography. A professor from Trinity College Dublin in the person of Michael Fitzgerald made a comparative study of his patients and a list of famous men through their biographical records. He found many notable historical figures as highly likely to be autistic, and that includes Lewis Carroll.
For those who have followed the American Idol Series, we all know him as the fourth place finisher who competed in the tenth season of the said television series. Durbin revealed that he was diagnosed with Tourette’s and Asperger’s but it never discouraged him from pursuing his music career. He debuted his post-Idol status with the album Memories of a Beautiful Disaster in 2011 which garnered positive reviews. Currently, he is the lead vocalist of Quiet Riot, a heavy metal band and has a son with wife Heidi Low.
The Kill Bill and Blade Runner actress is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. She is one of the many autistic people whose diagnosis have impacted their lives greatly. She confessed that as a person suffering from such neurologic disorder, she had troubles attending talk shows, awards ceremonies, and movie premiers. Whenever she walks on the red carpet, she always feels like she’s about to faint and she’s never been comfortable engaging with so many people. These issues have caused her to get blacklisted from future events.
We’re pretty sure that there are more famous people out there that are autistic. They might not know it, but the point when their condition is shared to the public can become a source of motivation and a positive outlook for their autistic fans and supporters throughout the world.