Famous people with asperger's - Where's a list of them?

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08 Jan 2009, 5:00 pm

I also need to correct another post I wrote. That female author wrote "The Handmaid´s Tale", not the Midwive´s tale. God, not only did I forget her name, but I must be going senile, I´m forgetting everything. :roll:


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08 Jan 2009, 5:41 pm

margaret attwood. canadian writer. Booker prizewinner. very interesting plot lines - pure genius as a writer. :wink:

didn't know she had AS but her writing is excellent. finished the Blind Assasin a month or so ago.



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08 Jan 2009, 5:45 pm

Probably these lists are one of the reasons because many people think that AS does not exist.



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09 Jan 2009, 11:34 am

Margaret Atwood doesn't show any signs of an ASD that I can see. She is probably introverted, and I think people can confuse the two at first glance. But you could call 1/3 of the population introverted, so obviously there's nothing abnormal about that.



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09 Jan 2009, 12:25 pm

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Someone must have REALLY hated people with Asperger's, and happened to have the ammunition (of knowledge) to add a MURDERER to the top of the list!

What notable Aspie had a surname that would come before "Arthurs" in alphabetical order? We NEED to add someone above him so as to not make us look so bad! (First impressions matter most; first items on lists matter too.)


Being on the spectrum doesn't mean that you're exempt from breaking the law... my apologies if there is offense, but not only is the purpose of the exercise nothing but supposition and external ego manipulations, but to control the perception that others have of us. This is a practical impossibility, and the premise grates on me heavily. However, whatever works for you.


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09 Jan 2009, 3:10 pm

Anemone wrote:
Margaret Atwood doesn't show any signs of an ASD that I can see. She is probably introverted, and I think people can confuse the two at first glance. But you could call 1/3 of the population introverted, so obviously there's nothing abnormal about that.


I´m just saying I read about it, is all. It was written not as conjecture, but in a factual way, so I assumed she was diagnosed. However, if I´m wrong, I don´t want to take credit; I just remember reading that she, Carl Sagan and Dan Akroyd have it.


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09 Jan 2009, 3:13 pm

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What notable Aspie had a surname that would come before "Arthurs" in alphabetical order? We NEED to add someone above him so as to not make us look so bad! (First impressions matter most; first items on lists matter too.)

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My vote is to put Dan Akroyd first! (Famous comedian). I was surprised he didn´t appear on the list anyway, as he´s even officially diagnosed, unlike many of the others.


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09 Jan 2009, 3:24 pm

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Both Clark Gable and Howard Huges have been quoted as saying that they thought Marilyn had 'autistic' characteristics but who knows.


Do you know what these autistic traits were? I´d be curious; this whole Marilyn Monroe debate has opened a new "can of worms" for me...

What irritated me about the article was that the main reason they stated Marilyn might have had an ASD was because she suffered from depression and committed suicide. However, this does not automatically make one an Aspie! She may have been manic depressive; in any case, from what I know of her, the NT-manic depressive thing seems to fit...however, maybe there´s something I don´t know about her?

Anyway, if you have read something, I´d be curious to know.


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09 Jan 2009, 4:34 pm

garyww wrote:
Both Clark Gable and Howard Huges have been quoted as saying that they thought Marilyn had 'autistic' characteristics but who knows.


I don't mean to be difficult, but since Clark Gable died in 1960, would he even have known that much about autism to say he suspected someone had it?

Supposedly he did say this about her per IMDb: "Everything Marilyn [Marilyn Monroe] does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso."



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09 Jan 2009, 4:46 pm

Anemone wrote:
Margaret Atwood doesn't show any signs of an ASD that I can see. She is probably introverted, and I think people can confuse the two at first glance. But you could call 1/3 of the population introverted, so obviously there's nothing abnormal about that.


She did write a book Oryx and Crake with an Aspie character in it. that doesn't mean she's on the spectrum though. I wonder if she said somewhere that she might be on t he spectrum? I'm trying to Google "Margaret Atwood" and "Asperger" and am only coming up with references to Oryx and Crake.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oryx_and_Crake



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09 Jan 2009, 5:06 pm

Norah, the story goes that it was montgomery Cilfts doctor who relayed the rumors attributed to Gable and Monroe.
And autism was fairly well know in the late fifties and early sixties except for in the school systems. In first evaluation was in 1961 but since I didn't exhibit the characteristics of Kanners I slid in under the radar.


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09 Jan 2009, 5:10 pm

Norah_W wrote:
Anemone wrote:
Margaret Atwood doesn't show any signs of an ASD that I can see. She is probably introverted, and I think people can confuse the two at first glance. But you could call 1/3 of the population introverted, so obviously there's nothing abnormal about that.


She did write a book Oryx and Crake with an Aspie character in it. that doesn't mean she's on the spectrum though. I wonder if she said somewhere that she might be on t he spectrum? I'm trying to Google "Margaret Atwood" and "Asperger" and am only coming up with references to Oryx and Crake.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oryx_and_Crake


I´m quite sure I read it in a book, and not online....unfortunately, I can´t remember where I read it....sorry....But it made an impression on me, because I always liked her books- (though I haven´t read Oryx and Crake).


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10 Jan 2009, 12:26 am

It took me by surprise to find out that Peter Tork is one of us. 8) I'll have to start watching my Monkees episodes, again. I have them all in a boxed set.


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10 Jan 2009, 2:12 pm

Morgana wrote:
What irritated me about the article was that the main reason they stated Marilyn might have had an ASD was because she suffered from depression and committed suicide. However, this does not automatically make one an Aspie! She may have been manic depressive; in any case, from what I know of her, the NT-manic depressive thing seems to fit...however, maybe there´s something I don´t know about her?


I don't think she was bipolar. She came across in what I read as pretty consistent in her moods. Bipolar mood swings can be pretty obvious. Manic partying. Repeated suicide attempts. Episodes of gambling or manic spending. Monroe wasn't really a drama queen like that. Of course she could have been unipolar, but she didn't come across that way either.

Monroe was in foster care as a kid. She was sexually abused, and not believed or supported. She was sexually abused by the system as an adult. She was trying to make the life she was given workable but I don't think anyone really could. So she ended it all. You don't need to invoke a mental illness for that. Ordinary garden variety "I can't get this life to work" will do. I mean, people expected her to thrive in a psychologically unhealthy environment. And she was gifted, so she would have felt it more. Lots of gifted sensitive people from dysfunctional backgrounds die young in Hollywood. It's a cliche.



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10 Jan 2009, 8:14 pm

I'm really hesitant to label someone as AS because they have an emotional breakdown, or were depressed, I honestly don't think that Marilyn Monroe had it or a lot of other performers. I think if you want to find famous people with AS, you got to go where they're usually gifted which is most often writing, science, math and art.

Nikola Tesla was the stereotypical "mad scientist" who was obsessed with his routines, was very sensitive to light and sound and especially touch, was never married and had amazing abilities - he could picture engineering diagrams in his head in detail, spoke 8 languages and had an amazing memory. He was also brutally honest and always spoke his mind, sounds like the exact opposite of acting to me.

Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of the most gifted mathematicians in history, he displayed signs of autism in his childhood (speech delay, obsession with numbers) and adulthood - quiet, shy, lacked common sense in a lot of areas in life such as money management. Numbers came natural to him, as with quite a few autistics. Again, math is something that comes natural to a lot of autistics, acting is a form of socializing and usually doesn't.

Glenn Gould: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Gould#Health

Moe Norman: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/200 ... rman_x.htm


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10 Jan 2009, 8:23 pm

we could fuse this thread with the jett travolta thread....

anyone interested in a little more celebrity carcass-pecking will undoubtedly enjoy the fusion.