Christina Ricci, Pan Am Star Discusses Her Anorexia
Years ago on a talk show, actor James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America, Ghosts of Mississippi) twitted that many of the Hollywood actresses were either on cocaine, speed or were anorexic. His comments were telling then, but the situation didn't get better; it worsened. For celebrities the pressures to remain a size 0-4 (5'4"-10") and be beautifully photogenic are egregious; actresses have to keep up because directors won't hire them, they will be mocked in magazines and gossip e-zines if, their BMI in the normal range, makes them photograph "fat."
Known celebrity anorexics who have died from complications are Karen Carpenter (forced weight gain caused a heart attack) and Margaux Hemingway. Models suffer an even worse fate for they must be underweight if they are high fashion and work the runway. A number have died of anorexia once they became caught up in maintaining their career: Isabelle Caro, Luisel Ramos and Eliana Ramos
The deaths do not stop the onslaught of underweight beauty standards that are impossible to maintain to suit the phalanx of fashion, media and advertising industries who grind up actresses, models and performers in the power of the iconic slim digital image. The list of the eating disordered is as wide as Orion's belt: from Paula Abdul, Christine Alt, Fiona Apple, Justine Bateman, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Jane Fonda, Mariel Hemingway, Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Lady Gaga, Diane Keaton, Janet Jackson to name a few.
Recently, Christina Ricci joined the famed eating disordered ranks and admitted to being anorexic. She said her work as a young actress forced her into the mold of the Hollywood thinness standard. If she didn't fit, she risked being criticized.
Ricci told The Talk that she was one of the fortunate ones because she received help early on for her anorexia. "Well, I was lucky. I only really suffered from it for about a year and a half. I was put into therapy very quickly, so I was able to overcome it." Ricci said that many can suffer for decades even battling it all of their lives.Continued on the next page