Daryl Hannah Blacklisted by Hollywood due to Asperger's



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Actress Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) claims that at the beginning of her career she was "blacklisted" by Hollywood studios because she suffered from Asperger's Syndrome.

The illness limited social interaction and made it very difficult for her to do film promotions since it required talking to lots of people.

She said: "I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I'd almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted."

"Studio executives would call me but I'd be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted."

Despite first starring in films like "Splash," "Roxanne," "Wall Street" and "Steel Magnolias," she eventually had to settle for many straight to video projects.

Source: PA Entertainment


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Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:45 am

I am not surprised. Just like any other industry, unless you can provide something that cannot be ignored by the powers that be, you have to conform to the rules, otherwise you are one the outside looking in.



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Glad Tarantino didn't pass her up. Good directors still use her. I wonder how others handled the trappings necessary for fame - Dan Akroyd or Heather from Top Model for example.


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Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:30 pm

I had read about her having AS-like characteristics in the past, but never anything definitive coming from her. I always liked her. Amazing that she has been able to make a go of it in an industry that seems to really put style over substance 95% of the time.



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Her greatest role was Pris the replicant in Bladerunner.


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she was Pris!?...who knew?...;)
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Hey Alex, you should see if you can score an interview with her!


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Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:48 am

She is actually a brilliant comedic actress and fellow actors have said she has spot on timing.

It's a damn shame.



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Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:52 am

this story confuses me, didn't her acting career start in the early 1980's, but aspergers wasn't really dx till the 90's



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She was diagnosed as autistic when she was a child because she was "shy" but she could have been rediagnosed with AS in her adulthood or she is self diagnosed because AS fits her more than autism.



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Actress Daryl Hannah . . .
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"Studio executives would call me but I'd be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted."
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Source: PA Entertainment


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You put it off, it becomes a bigger thing. Do you owe the person an apology, how much of an apology? You feel you owe them a longer conversation, etc, etc, etc . . . and the whole thing spirals.

I have been there. And I am in no way, shape, or form a movie star! I’m just not real great at returning phone calls.

Perhaps a lot of us have been there.

Now, a movie star might be able to hire someone to field calls.

And for the rest of us, maybe just something like this:
“I try and return calls within 24 hours.” (so many people seem to expect calls to be returned so much sooner!)
Each of us can experiment and find out, what’s well-received and what works for me personally?

So, it’s not about across-the-board conformity.

It is about learning specific skills.



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That sounds like something that Hollywood would do.


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alex wrote:
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Actress Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) claims that at the beginning of her career she was "blacklisted" by Hollywood studios because she suffered from Asperger's Syndrome.

The illness limited social interaction and made it very difficult for her to do film promotions since it required talking to lots of people.

She said: "I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I'd almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted."

"Studio executives would call me but I'd be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted."

Despite first starring in films like "Splash," "Roxanne," "Wall Street" and "Steel Magnolias," she eventually had to settle for many straight to video projects.

Source: PA Entertainment


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According to DSM-V

there is no such thing as Asperger's



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tangerine12 wrote:
alex wrote:
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Actress Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) claims that at the beginning of her career she was "blacklisted" by Hollywood studios because she suffered from Asperger's Syndrome.

The illness limited social interaction and made it very difficult for her to do film promotions since it required talking to lots of people.

She said: "I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I'd almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted."

"Studio executives would call me but I'd be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted."

Despite first starring in films like "Splash," "Roxanne," "Wall Street" and "Steel Magnolias," she eventually had to settle for many straight to video projects.

Source: PA Entertainment


Read more: http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.p ... z0fW69XY9u



According to DSM-V

there is no such thing as Asperger's

A little early on that one, champ - the DSM-V isn't out yet, and IIRC isn't due to be published until sometime in 2012. Now, admittedly, there is a movement afoot to simply include what we now know as Asperger's Syndrome into the higher-functioning end of Autism (which is where it really is anyway, AS is just a convenient label for a non-Kanner's variety of autism), but until the final version of the book is set in type, it's really too soon to say exactly what is and isn't going to be in there.

And the way you put it - that according to this formulation, "there's no such thing as Asperger's" - is a bit like those who claim I can't have AS because I wasn't diagnosed as a child - when DSM-II was still the latest word, and there wasn't even such a category in there as "high-functioning autistic"; if you could talk, you didn't get the diagnosis. AS still existed, it just didn't have a label, so instead I was just "weird". (My junior-high principal tried to tell me that I was "eccentric", but as I explained to him, in order to be "eccentric", you have to be rich enough that people will ignore the odd things you do and say. Not being rich, I was "weird".)


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(My junior-high principal tried to tell me that I was "eccentric", but as I explained to him, in order to be "eccentric", you have to be rich enough that people will ignore the odd things you do and say. Not being rich, I was "weird".)



That sounds almost exactly right. (You could also be "eccentric" if you were an academic.)



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