Other Famous Type 1 Diabetics
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Sonia Sotomayor is a Justice on the United States Supreme Court and is
the first person with type 1 to ever serve on the high court. Sotomayor
was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age eight and began taking daily
insulin injections. Sotomayor was initially interested in a career as a
detective but after her diabetes diagnosis she was inspired to go into a
legal career and become a judge.
Novelist Anne Rice, most famous for her many vampire novels, was
diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1998. At the time of diagnosis her blood
sugar was around 800 and her health was fragile. Since that time she has
learned to manage her diabetes and accepts the fact that she must take
insulin injections the rest of her life. Despite her diabetes, she is still
writing and publishing with renewed enthusiasm.
Actress Jean Smart got her big break when she landed a role on the hit
television series Designing Women. Since then, she has starred in movies,
plays, and television shows, including the thriller 24. Not only does Smart
have a successful acting career, she has also dedicated herself as a
mentor, fundraiser, and activist in the battle against type 1 diabetes.
Smart was 13 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
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Sharon Stone, a type 1 diabetic, got her big break starring opposite Arnold
Schwartzenegger in Total Recall. First internationally recognized for her
role as Catherine Tramell in the thriller Basic Instinct, Stone won a Golden
Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Ginger McKenna in Casino.
Runner-upon the 9th season of American Idol, Crystal Bowersox was
diagnosed back in 1985 when she was 6. Her diabetes came into the public
spotlight when she suffered Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) while the show
was in full swing. Her blood sugars had been in the 400s and the FOX
network was going to remove her from the show. After she begged and
pleaded to stay, they switched her performance date and hired a nurse to
be with her 24/7. Today, she uses her fame to speak out about diabetes
Best known for his role as Jack Bristow in the TV series Alias, Victor
Garber was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 12 years old.
Living the part of a person with T1D often required him to do the
seemingly impossible: balance his hectic daily acting schedule with the
rigorous challenges of injecting insulin and managing his blood glucose
levels. “There was a part of me that was determined to succeed at what I
wanted to do, so I never let diabetes really get in the way.”
Best known for her roles in the movies BIG and About Last Night, Elizabeth
Perkins was diagnosed with type 1 in 2005 at age 44 while filming the first
season of the critically acclaimed Showtime TV series Weeds. "I'm actually
a happier person than I was before I was diagnosed."