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Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis

List of famous and well known people both living and deceased who have, and had, multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis, formerly known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata), is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

There is as yet no cure for MS. Many patients do well with no therapy at all, especially since many medications have serious side effects and some carry significant risks. However, three forms of beta interferon (Avonex, Betaseron, and Rebif) have now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsing-remitting MS.

A physician may diagnose MS in some patients soon after the onset of the illness. In others, however, doctors may not be able to readily identify the cause of the symptoms, leading to years of uncertainty and multiple diagnoses.

Multiple sclerosis affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States and probably more than 1 million people around the world. MS effects twice as many females as males.

Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis
Richard Pryor - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 - December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He is also regarded as the most important stand up comedian of his time. Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel, where his mother, Gertrude L. Thomas, practiced prostitution. His father, LeRoy "Buck" Pryor (a.k.a. Buck Carter) was a former bartender, boxer, and World War II veteran who worked as his wife's pimp. In 1991, Pryor announced that he had been suffering from multiple sclerosis since 1986. In response to giving up drugs after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he said: "God gave me this M.S. sh*t to save my life".
Donna Fargo - (born Yvonne Vaughan on November 10, 1945 in Mount Airy, North Carolina) is a country music singer and songwriter. She is best known by pop fans for her 1972 country/pop crossover hit "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA." Fargo's follow-up song, "Funny Face", proved to be another Country/Pop crossover hit. In 1979, Fargo announced that she had multiple sclerosis, yet vowed to fight it and continue on with her career. Although seldom discussing health issues in interviews, the disease appears to have been in remission for many years. Fargo has long been a source of inspiration for others similarly afflicted.
Clive Burr - (born March 8, 1957, East Ham, East London) was the drummer in the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Clive had a unique style of drumming when playing for Iron Maiden, often he would craft fills and beats which closely followed the riffs played by the bass and guitars. Excellent examples of this are "Phantom of the Opera","Wrathchild" and "Genghis Khan". Clive used Ludwig drums and Paiste Cymbals on the first two Maiden albums. His most recognised kit was his 1982 custom Tama kit used on the "Beast on the Road Tour". Burr has since been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the treatment of which left him deeply in debt. Iron Maiden staged a series of charity concerts and were involved in the founding of the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund.
 Jack Osbourne - (Jack Joseph Osbourne) - An English media personality, best known as the son of musician Ozzy Osbourne and music manager Sharon Osbourne, and brother of Aimee and Kelly Osbourne. At only 26 Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. While Osbourne is younger than the average patient who is newly diagnosed with MS, it is not by much. The average age at which a patient is diagnosed with MS is 37. Experts say multiple sclerosis is unpredictable, but the prognosis tends to be good for patients who are diagnosed when they are young and otherwise healthy.
 Laurie Elyse - Born in Virginia, Laurie is an American fashion designer and artist. While attending The School of Visual Arts she gained recognition for both her functional furniture creations using broken/new/used parts from instruments that were used to raise money for charities such as The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, and for her M16 Vibrator art piece that was almost banned from a NYC gallery show. Laurie Elyse has had Multiple Sclerosis for the last two years and on August 13, 2009 debuted her 2010 swimwear collection and many of the pieces proceeds were donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter.
 Alan Osmond - Alan Ralph Osmond (born June 22, 1949) was a member of the 1970s music group The Osmonds and the head of the Osmond Family. Osmond dated the Carpenters' lead singer, Karen Carpenter. He married Suzanne Pinegar on July 16, 1974; they have eight sons. Alan kept the Osmond Brothers together for almost 40 years. Throughout the 1970s, he made every crucial decision and managed to keep a steady, equal pay for his younger brothers. Because of Donny Osmond's break with the group, Alan and the other members of the group were unable to perform live for almost two years. Eventually Alan was unable to perform due to multiple sclerosis. In 2000, Alan received the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Socity.
 Margaret Leighton - (February 26, 1922 - January 13, 1976) was an English actress. Leighton's Broadway debut was as the Queen in Henry IV (1946) starring Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson during a visit to America of the Old Vic company, which performed a total of five plays from its repertoire before returning to London. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Separate Tables (1956); she won another Tony in that category for The Night of the Iguana (1962), playing Hannah Jelkes opposite Bette Davis as Maxine Faulk. Margaret Leighton died of multiple sclerosis, aged 53, in Chichester, West Sussex.
 Jonathan Katz - (born December 1, 1946) is an American comedian, actor, and voice actor who is best known for his starring role in the animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. In 1996, Katz was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The initial symptoms began in 1996: "I was working on a TV show called Ink with Ted Danson, and after every episode we would take a curtain call and I noticed that I needed a head-start." Over time, he found it difficult to hide his physical condition behind his jokes: "I was producing a show, and it was too physical a job for me to get from one location to another and I had to pretend I could keep up with everybody. My manager and attorney said, 'In Hollywood you can't be old or sick.' Hiding his condition became too much of a burden for Katz and he eventually disclosed it. Now he speaks publicly as part of a tour sponsored by a manufacturer of medications used to treat MS.
 David "Squiggy" Lander - (born June 22, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout. David is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lander has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies including The Bob Newhart Show, Barney Miller, Happy Days, Married... with Children, Twin Peaks, The Weird Al Show, Mad About You, as well as voice roles for animation films like The Big Bang, A Bug's Life and the animated TV series Galaxy High as the six-armed Milo de Venus. He also played the role of Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on the situation comedy Laverne & Shirley from 1976 to 1982.
 Barbara Jordan - (February 21, 1936 - January 17, 1996) was an American politician from Texas. She served as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979. In 1973, Jordan began to suffer from multiple sclerosis. She had difficulty climbing stairs, and she started using a cane and eventually a wheelchair. She kept the state of her health out of the press so well that in the KUT radio documentary Rediscovering Barbara Jordan, former president Bill Clinton stated that he wanted to nominate Jordan for the United States Supreme Court, but by the time he could do so, Jordan's health problems prevented him from nominating her.
 Alastair Hignell - (born September 4, 1955) Hignell is the son of a former Hampshire footballer. He won blues at Cambridge at both cricket and rugby union, and by the time he graduated from university in 1977 he had already made several England appearances at full back. He made his England debut in 1975 in a brutal encounter with Australia in Brisbane - eight days later he was playing for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Bristol and five weeks later he made 60 in the Varsity match. Hignell continued to play and teach until he moved into journalism full time and became a respected reporter, as well as working extensively on BBC Radio. In 1999, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has since been an active fundraiser.
 Annette Funicello - (October 22, 1942 - April 8, 2013) - Annette was an American singer and actress. She was Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeer, and went on to appear in a series of beach movies. When she was cast in her first beach movie, Walt Disney himself (for the sake of her virginal image) asked her not to appear in any provocative scenes or wear any attire that showed her navel. She (perhaps unintentionally) did not fully comply with the latter request. Annette Funicello has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since 1987.
 Joe Torsella - (born October 8, 1963) is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. Currently serving his second term as President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, Torsella led the Center from 1997-2003, and returned in 2006. Under Rendell, Torsella developed and implemented financial and labor reforms that led the city toward a fiscal rebound that the New York Times called "one of the most stunning turnarounds in recent urban history".
 Montel Williams - (born July 3, 1956) Montel is an American celebrity and former television talk show host. Williams enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1974 and completed his recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. While training at Twentynine Palms, he was selected for training at the Naval Preparatory School. Williams was the first African American to attend the prestigious prep school. A year later, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Williams served on board the USS Sampson during the U.S. invasion of Grenada. His awards include the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. After 12 years of military service he departed as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.
 Paul Wellstone - (July 21, 1944 - October 25, 2002) Wellstone was a two-term U.S. Senator from the U.S. state of Minnesota and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Before being elected to the Senate in 1990, he was a professor of political science at Carleton College. He served in the Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash on 25 October 2002, 11 days before he was to stand in the midterm US senate election. His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. They had two other grown children, David and Mark, who now co-chair the Wellstone Action nonprofit group.
 Carrel Cowan-Ricks - historical archaeologist and anthropologist - I have it on good authority that she did NOT have MS, she had Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus).
 Victoria Williams - (born December 23, 1958) is an American singer/songwriter and musician, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, although she has resided in Southern California throughout her musical career. She gained fame for her descriptive songwriting talent, which she has used to immerse the listener of her songs into a vivid feeling of small-town, rural Southern upbringing and life. In 1993, Williams' life took a dramatic turn when she learned that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
 David Humm - (born April 2, 1952) is a former professional American football quarterback in the NFL for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and the Baltimore Colts. He played college football at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Humm, 49, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 and lost the use of his legs in 1997, when he called the Raiders to tell them he would have to resign after two seasons as the color commentator on their radio broadcasts because he no longer would be able to travel to games.
 Jacques Raverat - (1885 - 1925) was a French painter. He married the English painter Gwen Darwin, in 1911, the daughter of George Darwin and granddaughter of Charles Darwin. They had two daughters, Sophie (born ca. 1919) who married the Cambridge scholar Mark Pryor, and Elisabeth (born 1916), who married the Norwegian politician Edvard Hambro. He suffered from a form of multiple sclerosis. In 2004, his grandson, William Pryor edited the complete correspondence between Raverat, his wife and Virginia Woolf which was published as Virginia Woolf and the Raverats.
 Joan Didion - (born December 5, 1934) Joan Didion is an American writer. Famous for her journalism, essays, and novels. Didion contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books. In a 1979 New York Times review of Didion's collection The White Album, critic Michiko Kakutani noted, "Novelist and poet James Dickey has called Didion 'the finest woman prose stylist writing in English today. Didion is the author of five novels and eight books of nonfiction. Her early collections of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979) - a book described in one review as helping to define California as "the paranoia capital of the world" -made her famous as an observer of American politics and culture with a distinctive style of reporting that mixed personal reflection and social analysis. This led her to be associated with members of the New Journalism such as Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, though Didion's ties to that movement have never been considered particularly strong.
 Carl Laemmle, Jr. - (28 April 1908 - 24 September 1979) Carl was in charge of production at Universal Studios from about 1928 to 1936. He was the son of Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures. Laemmle, called "Junior", by his friends and family, developed a reputation for spending too much money at the studios on several films that did not earn back their cost. By the end of 1935, the studio had spent so much and had so many flops that J. Cheever Cowdin proposed to buy out the Laemmles. The great success, financially and critically, of the 1936 screen version of Show Boat, was not enough to correct the downslide, and the two Laemmles, father and son, were both forced out of the company. Neither of them worked on another film again, despite the fact that Carl, Jr. lived another forty-three years.
 John Medica - Born March 18, 1969 in Toronto, ONT, Canada. He has been involved in some well known movies such as 1989 Movie Renegades. Filming Locations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Logline: An undercover cop and a Native American Indian team up to recover a sacred spear. John started acting at a young age. CBC after school shows My Secret identity 1988, War of the Worlds television show (1988), Super dave (1988). John was diagnosed with MS at age 40.
 Exene Cervenka - (born Christene Cervenka - Feb 1, 1956) is an American writer, musician and artist, most famous as the co-lead vocalist of the Los Angeles punk rock band X. As of late 2011 she has continued her career with X as well as in solo performances and participation in bands such as The Knitters, Auntie Christ and The Original Sinners. On June 2, 2009, Cervenka released a statement revealing that she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Well before this diagnosis, she and X have actively supported Sweet Relief, a charity that aids uninsured artists. Sweet Relief was begun by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS.

Stephanie Millward - (20 September 1981) - Stephanie Millward was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. At the age of 17 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Stephanie is a paralympic swimmer and has been selected for Rio 2016 - her third Paralympics. She has won four gold world championship medals and four silver Paralympic medals along with many European and national medals. Stephanie Millward is also an active supporter of many MS charities, and has written her autobiography "Paying the Price".

Steven Mueller - (DOB 10-16-1969) - Steven Mueller is an American publicist, author, and businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Mueller Entertainment, a public relations firm which has represented actors such as Keanu Reeves, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst. His previous clients include Playboy Enterprises, Jeanette Biedermann, and members of Motley Crue, Scorpions, and E'Nuff Z'Nuff. He has also represented Lynne Spears (mother of pop music icon Britney Spears), etc. Since 2012 Mueller has been active in fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis research.

 Adam Riedy - US Speed Skater
 Alison Peebles - Actress most famous for her Taggart role
 April Arvan - Basketball Coach
 Betty Cuthbert - Olympic Gold Medallist, Sprinting
 Beverly Graham - singer, charity worker
 Bobby Thompson - Banjoist
 Brenda Gildehaus - champion BMX bike rider
 Brian Irvine - Scottish soccer player
 Bruno Tassan Din - Italian publisher
 Bryan Forbes - actor, writer, director (married to Nanette Newman)
 Cathy Weis - Dancer
 Charlie Courtauld - British newspaper columnist (Independent on Sunday)
 Chrystal Gomes - stand up comedienne
 Cindy O'Connor - Poet
 Clay Walker - Country and western singer
 Clifford T.Ward - Singer/songwriter
 Dan Carnevale - American Footballer
 Danny Wallace - Soccer Player
 Danny Wallace - ex Southampton and Manchester United Footballer
 David "Teddy" Thomas - Cricketer
 David Maclean - UK Conservative MP - Chief Whip
 Dean Singleton - Newspaper Magnate
 Deanna Davis - Basketball player and coach
 Deborah Bruening - writer
 Deborah Downey - Cabaret Performer
 Denise Davis - Singer
 Diana Markham - Novelist
 Donal Coghlan - singer/songwriter
 Doug Robinson - Novelist
 Emily Mann - director and playwright
 Eric Simons - mountaineer
 Ernie McAlister - US Politician
 Eve Hayes - actress
 Fausto Rocha - Brazilian TV Actor
 Fiona MacTaggart - British Politician (Labour MP for Slough)
 Frank DuBois - New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture 1989-, champion teamroper
 Fred Hughes - Andy Warhol's financeer and manager
 Frieda Inescort - actress
 Guido Crepax - Italian comic
 Hal Ketchum - Country & Western Singer
 Heinrich Heine - German poet (1797-1856) posthumously diagnosed with MS
 Henry Steele - Basketball Player
 Ivalio Iordanov - Bulgarian International soccer player
 Jackie Bertone - percussionist for Beach Boys
 Jackie Waldman - Author and motivational speaker
 Jacqueline Creed Archer - Civil rights activist
 Jacqueline du Pre - cellist
 James LaRocca - Guitarist with MS
 James Scofield - poet
 Javier Artero - Spanish soccer player
 Jennifer Huget - Washington Post journalist
 Jim Oelschlager - financeer and philanathropist
 Jim Poulin - Basketball Coach
 Jimmy Heuga - Olympic skier
 Joan Sweeney - children's author
 John Mythen - cartoonist and writer
 John Pageler - author
 John Robson - Footballer
 Johnny Killen - 1960s singer
 Joseph Hartzler - Chief prosecutor for the Oklahoma bombing case
 Judy Graham - author
 Judy Grahn - poet
 Karen G. Stone - Author
 Kathryn Lindskoog - author
 Keith Snyder - composer, performer, and author
 Kelly Sutton - racing driver
 Ken Novak - Basketball coach
 Kevin Stevenson - Singer/Guitarist
 Khiawatha Downey - American Footballer
 Larry Tucker - Film and TV writer and producer (incl. The Monkees, Alice B. Toklas and Bob & Carol)
 Laura Mitchell - Public policy analyst, consultant and writer
 Lena Horne - Actress and singer
 Lisa Peck - Mountain bike rider (5th in 2000 Masters World Mountain Bike Championships)
 Lola Folana - singer
 Louise Arters - Actress (one of the Sparkle Twins)
 Luca Coscione - Italian Politician
 Lucien Herve - Architectural Photographer
 Lydwina of Schieden - Dutch patron Saint of Ice Skaters (1400AD).
 Madeline Rhue - Actress
 Maggie Weder - Golfer
 Marianne Gingrich - ex-wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
 Martin Bruch - Photographer
 Mary Mullarkey - Colorado State Supreme Court Chief Justice
 Maureen Manley - Olympic Cyclist
 Maxine Mesinger - Newspaper gossip columnist, Houston Chronicle
 Melanie Lawson - Anchorwoman, Ch.13 Houston
 Michael Blake - Hollywood screenwriter, "Dances with Wolves"
 Michael Frimkess - Potter
 Michael R. Duval - Investment Banker and White House Lawyer Under Nixon and Ford
 Michel Dupuis - Canadian football player (linebacker for Ottawa, Winnipeg & Toronto)
 Miquel Martm i Pol - Catalan poet
 Mitch Terpstra - Athlete and Althetics Coach
 Nancy Mairs - novelist
 Natalie Mandzhavidze - NASA Physicist
 Neil Cavuto - lead anchor on Fox News Channel
 Nicky Broyd - BBC Radio Journalist
 Nicola Griffith - Author
 Norah Vincent - Journalist
 Paul Novoselick - Chronicle staff writer and columnist
 Paul Willey - Virtual Golf Champion
 Paul Wolfskehl - 19th century German industrialist and amateur mathematician
 Rachelle Breslow - author
 Rich Warden - Racecar Driver
 Richard Berghammer - Wildlife Painter
 Richard Cohen - journalist (married to actress Meridith Viera)
 Richard Radtke - Scientist and Winner Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
 Robert "Wingnut" Weaver - Actor
 Robin Gurr - poet
 Roger MacDougall - British playwright
 Roland 'Chubby' Cloutier - TV Entertainer
 Roman Gabriel - American football player (Los Angeles Rams 1962-72)
 Ronald Rogers - Concert Pianist
 Ronnie Lane - musician with The Faces (Rod Stewart's old band)
 Sarah P. Gibbs - Biologist - Winner of 2003 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal
 Sean Coman - (Sean Donahue) - Californian disk jockey
 Sharon Summerall - model (married to Don Henley (singer with The Eagles)
 Sir Augustus Frederic D'Este - (1794-1848) - grandson of King George III of England, Possible 1st documented case of MS
 Stan Belinda - baseball player
 Stanley Elkin - writer
 Stanley Knowles - Canadian Politician (1942-1984)
 Stephanie Stephens - golfer
 Stephen White - Author
 Stewart Henry - UK disc-jockey
 Susan Kisslinger - Author
 Tamia - R&B singer (Grammy Nominee)
 Teri Garr - Actress (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie, Close Encounters and others)
 Valerie Jankowski Skrabut - artist and musician.
 Victor Willing - Artist
 Vince Smith - Country singer Vince Smith had a hit record with a song called "My Annette" after his friend and idol Annette Funicello. Vince now has MS.
 Wally Wakefield - Ski jumper and sports columnist
 Wayne Dobson - magician
 Wendy Carol Roth - Television producer, writer and Advocate for the Disabled
 Wendy Lill - Canadian Politician
 William Newman - artist
 Yury Tynianov - Russian Novelist and literary critic.


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