Movie star, stage and voice actress and author, Kathleen Turner has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Currently her disease is under control and she is able to work. Her most recent role was as Eileen Cleary in the 2011 movie, The Perfect Family.
Kathleen was diagnosed with RA while she was working on the John Water’s film, Serial Mom. She was in constant pain, but continued working on the project. As many RA patients know, the disease can give people a puffy appearance, especially if they are taking certain medications like prednisone. Kathleen knew there were rumors about her appearance, mainly stories that she had become an alcoholic. Instead of quelling those rumors, she allowed them to continue. She believed that Hollywood directors would hire an alcoholic, but they wouldn’t work with someone who was sick.
In 2008 Ms. Turner penned her book (with Gloria Feldt), Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love and Leading Roles. She details her life in Hollywood and on stage while struggling with RA, all the while smiling through the pain.