November 15, 1992
HOLLYWOOD. Calif The glib and the glamorous and the glitzy some of Hollywoodâ€™s brightest stars have sought help on the psychiatric couch.
“It took many years of analysis to discover I could be famous and still be me,â€ Ms. Hawn said. “I was afraid of it at first. 1 feared analysis might make me lose what I liked about myself – the little person who delights in little things, a woman who doesnâ€™t need diamonds and furs to be happy. But I found that analysis made the ‘little meâ€™ bigger and stronger. After seven years, I came away with more awareness and confidence.â€
Kathleen Turner was another one to hit the couch to deal with fame.
“I had this feeling there was a Kathleen Turner who was getting a lot of attention and who was more important than I was,â€ she said.
“And I was helping her! I thought, ‘This is sick!â€â€™
Now, she said, she can separate the public and private Turners.
Billy Crystalâ€™s therapy involved personal, not professional, problems.
“When I was younger, I went into the pain palace a few times.â€ he said, “and I put down a lot of heavy emotional luggage The two worst years of my life were after my father died, when I was 15. Whatâ€™s terrible is that my dad and I had an argument the night before he died, so I never had the chance to say, ‘Iâ€™m sorrv’.â€™ 1 was jealous of guys who had fathers, and jealousy is a bad drug. Itâ€™s frustration, itâ€™s guilt.
“But you know what happens to people who feel guilty â€” they either run away or do something about it. The last route is the one I took.â€
Barbra Streisand also knows about guilt.
“If I could change anything from my past, it would be to have started therapy earlier,â€ she said. “I lived so many years feeling guilty â– â€” Jewish guilt. Through therapy, I began finding out about life, talking to people, hearing how they feel and think. People are afraid of their own feelings, their own sexuality. Weâ€™re just so laden with guilt.â€
Glenn Close is another strong believer in psychoanalysis.
“1 was going through some difficult relationships that werenâ€™t right for me,â€ she said, “and I didnâ€™t know how to extricate myself I couldnâ€™t cope by myself anymore and needed to get to the bottom of patterns in my life 1 didnâ€™t like. Analysis provided the answers I needed.â€
Steve Martinâ€™s problem was more crippling.
“I went through a stage of anxiety attacks,â€ he said. “I couldnâ€™t stay in a restaurant for more than five minutes, or I couldnâ€™t go into a movie theater or other public places. I was fearful â€” 1 had to get out.â€
He said he “worked it out with the help of a psychiatrist.â€
Jack Nicholsonâ€™s therapy was different.
“My therapy was Reichian, which is all sexual,â€ he said. “If youâ€™re not releasing sexual energy in your life, youâ€™re in trouble. Itâ€™s not that sex ic the primary element of the universe, itâ€™s just that when itâ€™s unfulfilled, it will affect you negatively.â€
Not all the stars applaud their stint on the couch.
Bette Midler said, “When I was about 19,1 was in analysis for a year, but I didnâ€™t get much out of it. I finally had to go to another shrink so he could tell me how to get rid of the first shrink.â€