By Flora Rheta Schreiber
(Publisher’s note) More amazing than any work of fiction, yet true in every word, it swept to the top of the bestseller lists and riveted the consciousness of the world. As an Emmy Award-winning film starring Sally Field, it captured the home screens of an entire nation and has endured as the most electrifying TV movie ever made. It’s the story of a survivor of terrifying childhood abuse, victim of sudden and mystifying blackouts, and the first case of multiple personality ever to be psychoanalyzed. (The Diva says: only in the Freudian sense of the word, however.)
Chris Costner Sizemore
The woman whose life inspired the movie The Three faces of Eve starring Joanna Woodward in the 1950’s later went on to document her continuing struggle with and eventual triumph over her condition. She published two books on the 1980’s, I’m Eve, and Mind of My Own: The Woman Who Was Known As “Eve” Tells the Story of Her Triumph over Multiple Personality Disorder.
First described and verified in 1816 by Dr. Samuel Latham Mitchel, the case of Mary Reynolds helped bring the public’s attention to the condition later in the 19th century. The case was covered in an article in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1860, and Mary herself wrote an autobiography.