Notable People with PsA / Psoriasis

Notable People with Psoriasis / Psoriatic Arthritis

The following list contains notable people who are known or suspected to have (or had) psoriasis / psoriatic arthritis.

Baker, Nicholson
Nicholson Baker (born January 7, 1957) is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non-fiction. As a novelist, he often focuses on minute inspection of his characters’ and narrators’ stream of consciousness, and has written about such provocative topics as voyeurism and planned assassination. His fiction generally de-emphasizes narrative in favor of careful description and characterization. Baker’s enthusiasts appreciate his ability to candidly explore the human psyche, while critics have charged that his subject matter is trivial

Dave Edelman’s Interview, it appears he has psoriasis, but denies having it on his genitals.
U and I: A True Story (you can view his book for sale at Amazon)

Bruce, Robert (the)
Robert I, King of Scots (11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329) usually known in modern English as Robert the Bruce (Mediaeval Gaelic:Roibert a Briuis; modern Scottish Gaelic: Raibeart Bruis; Norman French: Robert de Brus or Robert de Bruys; ) was King of the Scots from 1306 until his death. He died on 7 June 1329, at the Manor of Cardross, near Dumbarton. He had suffered for some years from what some contemporary accounts describe as an “unclean ailment”; the traditional view is that he died of leprosy, but this has is now disputed with syphilis, psoriasis, motor neurone disease and a series of strokes all proposed as possible alternatives

Biographical compilation from Melanie Campbell
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The History Behind Braveheart
Strange Tales from Scotland — My heart will go on (although there’s no such thing as “virulent” psoriasis)
Themes in Dermatology — Did Robert the Bruce have leprosy?

Daves Psoriasis Info

Caro, Isabelle
Isabelle Caro (12 September 1982 – 17 November 2010) was a French model and actress from Marseille, France, who became well-known after appearing in a controversial ad campaign “No Anorexia” which showed Caro with vertebrae and facial bones showing under her skin in a picture by photographer Oliviero Toscani.  (Psoriasis – especially on lower back).

Anorexic woman poses naked in ad campaign
This Never Happened When I Was a Kid

Donovan,  Jason Sean
Jason Sean Donovan (born 1 June 1968, Malvern, Melbourne) is an Australian actor and singer. In the UK, he has sold in excess of 3 million records, where his debut album Ten Good Reasons was the highest selling album of 1989 with sales of over 1.5 million copies. He has also had four UK no.1 singles, one of which was “Especially for You”, his 1988 duet with Kylie Minogue. In more recent years, he has mainly worked as a leading man in stage musicals in the UK. He made his first television appearance at the age of eleven on the Australian series Skyways, playing a guest role. In the episode his onscreen sister was played by later co-star Kylie Minogue. He also featured in I Can Jump Puddles before reaching fame in Neighbours as the second incarnation (after Darius Perkins) of the character Scott Robinson. Jason Donovan suffers from the skin condition psoriasis.

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English, CariDee
CariDee English (born May 22, 1985) is an American fashion model and TV personality who won Cycle 7 of America’s Next Top Model in December 2006. Her prize was a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a modeling contract with Elite Models, and a six-page fashion editorial and cover for Seventeen magazine. She is the second ANTM winner from North Dakota, the first being Nicole Linkletter of Cycle 5.[2] English is also the host of Oxygen’s biggest premiering show to date, Pretty Wicked.

Excellent before and after pictures here

Elton, Ben
Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is an English comedian, writer and director. He became a stand-up comedian and comedy writer shortly after leaving university in 1980, and was a central figure in the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. More recently he has achieved success writing lyrics for and producing musicals, and as an author.  Ben has psoriasis. He has always suffered from the skin disease psoriasis, and he rolls up his trouser leg to show an angry rash. ‘I’ve got it all over. Doctors say I am a bad case, and other people tell me that I’ve got to stop working.'”

Ben’s tussle with baby blues
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Gary Shine’s List

Gallagher, Liam
William John Paul “Liam” Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English musician and singer-songwriter of Irish background, the former frontman of the English rock band Oasis and currently of the band Beady Eye. Gallagher’s erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press. He remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.

Liam related a story to Q Magazine about how he suffers psoriasis “all over” his body fan snort some of his hair flakes thinking it was cocaine!

Garfunkel, Art
Arthur Ira Garfunkel was born November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, Queens, in New York City. American singer-songwriter and actor, best known as half of the Grammy Award winning folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. He met his future singing partner, Paul Simon, in the sixth grade. Between 1956 and 1962, the two had performed together as Tom & Jerry. Garfunkel (“Tom Graph”) chose his nickname because he liked to track, or “graph” hits, on the pop charts. Garfunkel attended Columbia University in the early sixties, where he sang with the Kingsmen, an all-male a cappella group and was a Brother in the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. “I have psoriasis,” he explains, “and I’ve been told that if you float in that salty, buoyant water, it’s very good for the skin.”

Art Garfunkel’s Feelin’ Groovy Again
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Gastineau, Mark
Marcus Dell Gastineau (born November 20, 1956) is a former American football player who was a leading defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. A five-time Pro Bowler, his 100.5 quarterback sacks in only his first hundred starts in the NFL made him one of the quickest and most-feared pass-rushers of his generation. In 1984 Gastineau set the record for most sacks in a single season which stood for seventeen years until Michael Strahan broke it in 2001. His deep, George Hamilton tan, he insisted, was not a matter of vanity. It was, he said, the only way to keep his congenital psoriasis under control.

Disabled World
The Psoriasis Advisor

Guzman, Abimael
Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzmán Reynoso (born 3 December 1934), also known by the nom de guerre Presidente Gonzalo (English: President Gonzalo), a former professor of philosophy, was the leader of the Shining Path during the Maoist insurgency known as the internal conflict in Peru. Shining Path had been active in Peru since the late 1970s and began what it called “the armed struggle” on 17 May 1980. Wanted on charges of terrorism and treason, Guzmán was captured by the Peruvian government in 1992 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Peruvian Police Puts Down Shining Path Captives Riot(Print Version)
Gary Shine’s List

Holstein, Karin
From a privileged European background, Karin Holstein develops psoriasis as a child. While studying in Paris, she meets Jean-Louis, with whom she falls deeply in love. He encourages her modeling career as she is discovered by a model agency. When tragedy ends their relationship, Karin engrosses herself in her career and becomes an international cover girl. She lives the jet-set life, sparkling with romance, while traveling around the world. After a disastrous marriage and a nervous breakdown, she comes to the USA. Diagnosed with a severe form of arthritis, she now faces life through her newfound faith and actively supports the Arthritis Foundation.

Cover Girl Uncovered: A Woman’s Journey (her book)
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Janis, Byron
Byron Janis (born March 24, 1928) is an American pianist.  He was honored by several U.S. Presidents and in 1984, at a State Dinner at the White House in his honor at the invitation of President Ronald Reagan, he revealed that he had been suffering from severe arthritis throughout much of his decades-long career. The painful and crippling condition eventually required surgery on his hands. However, he recovered sufficiently to resume performing and recording commercially and continues to do so today.

Home Page
The Standard-Times
Arthritis News Magazine — Use It or Lose It

Kardashian, Kim
Kimberly Noel “Kim” Kardashian (born October 21, 1980) is an American socialite, television personality, model, and actress. She is the daughter of late attorney Robert Kardashian, and is known for a sex tape with her former boyfriend Ray J as well as her E! reality series that she shares with her family, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kardashian’s prominence has increased as of January 2011 with the premiere of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, the second spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (the first being Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami), debuting on E!, with the series following Kim and sister Kourtney Kardashian as they leave Los Angeles to open a third D-A-S-H store in New York City.

 Abc News
Could Psoriasis Ruin Kim’s Career?
Kim Kardashian Diagnosed with Psoriasis

Lish, Gordon
Gordon Jay Lish (born February 11, 1934 in Hewlett, New York) is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Richard Ford.

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Lashed by Lish
Marat, Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul Marat (24 May 1743 – 13 July 1793) was a Prussian-born physician, political theorist, and scientist best known for his career in France as a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution. His journalism was renowned for its fiery character and uncompromising stance toward “enemies of the revolution” and basic reforms for the poorest members of society. Marat was one of the more extreme voices of the French Revolution, and he became a vigorous defender of the sans-culottes; he broadcast his views through impassioned public speaking, essay writing, and newspaper journalism, which carried his message throughout France. Marat’s radical denunciations of counter-revolutionaries supported much of the violence that occurred during the wartime phases of the French Revolution. His constant persecution of “enemies of the people,” consistent condemnatory message, and uncanny prophetic powers brought him the trust of the populace and made him their unofficial link to the radical Jacobin group that came to power in June 1793. For the two months leading up to the downfall of the Girondin faction in June, he was one of the three most important men in France, alongside Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre. He was murdered in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday.

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The Flow of Western Culture
Jaques-Louis David’s Maratj (pdf file)

Mathers, Jerry
Gerald Patrick “Jerry” Mathers (born June 2, 1948) is an American television, film, and stage actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963), in which he played Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, the younger son of archetypal suburban couple June and Ward Cleaver (played by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont), and the brother of Wally Cleaver (played by Tony Dow).

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Gee, Wally, the Beaver’s got Psoriasis
Therapist on Line 1

Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, pronounced [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr nɐˈbokəf]; 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899c – 2 July 1977) was a multilingual Russian novelist and short story writer. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made contributions to entomology and had an interest in chess problems.

Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) is frequently cited as among his most important novels and is his most widely known, exhibiting the love of intricate word play and synesthetic detail that characterised all his works. The novel was ranked at No.4 in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels.[1] Pale Fire (1962) was ranked at No.53 on the same list. His memoir, Speak, Memory, was listed No.8 on the Modern Library nonfiction list.

Disabled World
The Hidden Delight of Psoriasis
Review of Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (pdf)
VN Collation #20

Palmen, Connie
Aldegonda Petronella Huberta Maria “Connie” Palmen (born November 25, 1955) is a Dutch author. Palmen debuted with the novel De wetten (1990), published in the USA as The Laws (1993),[1] translated by Richard Huijing. The Laws was shortlisted for the 1996 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel was De vriendschap (1995), published in the USA as The Friendship (2000), translated by Ina Rilke. Palmen had a relationship with Ischa Meijer in the years preceding his death in 1995. From 1999 on she lived with D66 politician Hans van Mierlo, and the couple married on 11 November 2009 until his death on 11 March 2010.

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The Hidden Delight of Psoriasis

Potter, Dennis
Dennis Christopher George Potter (17 May 1935 – 7 June 1994) was an English dramatist, best known for The Singing Detective. His widely acclaimed television dramas mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social. He was particularly fond of using themes and images from popular culture.

The British Film Resource
At the Margin
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Waiting for the Boat: Dennis Potter and Television
Self-consciousness and the psoriatic personality: considering updike and potter” (PubMed entry for Literature and Medicine article of that title)
The Hidden Delight of Psoriasis
BartCop Entertainment

Rimes, LeAnn
LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982) is an American country singer, songwriter, actress, and author. She is known for her rich vocals and her rise to fame at the age of 13—becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Lee Ann Rimes Reveals Struggle With Psoriasis

Robbins, Tom
Thomas Eugene “Tom” Robbins (born July 22, 1936) is an American author. His best-selling novels are serio-comic, often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts. He is probably best known for his novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues which was made into a movie in 1993 by Gus Van Sant and starring Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco and Keanu Reeves.

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Stalin, Joseph
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (18 December 1878[1] – 5 March 1953) was the Premier of the Soviet Union from 6 May 1941 to 5 March 1953. He was among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who brought about the October Revolution and had held the position of first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. While formally the office of the General Secretary was elective and was not initially regarded as the top position in the Soviet state, after Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, Stalin managed to consolidate more and more power in his hands, gradually putting down all opposition groups within the party. This included Leon Trotsky, the Red Army organizer, proponent of world revolution, and principal critic of Stalin among the early Soviet leaders, who was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1929. Instead, Stalin’s idea of socialism in one country became the primary line of the Soviet politics.

Bibliography of Secondary Sources on the History of Dermatology
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Joseph Stalin’s psoriasis: its treatment and the consequences” (PubMed entry for Cutis article of that title)

Starr, Kenneth Winston
Kenneth Winston Starr (born July 21, 1946) is an American lawyer and former judge who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel to investigate the suicide death of the deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater land transactions by President Bill Clinton. He later submitted to Congress the Starr Report, which led to Clinton’s impeachment on charges arising from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He currently serves as dean of Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. Starr did not go to Vietnam, classified 4-F, due to a case of psoriasis.

A Starr is Spanked
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The Truth According to Paula & Ken
Starr Crossed
Re: Last Post, I Swear Under Oath
BartCop’s Political Humor
BuzzFlash Editorial
The Chickenhawk Database
The Chickenhawks
GOP Draft Dodgers

Updike, John Hoyer
John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009[1]) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike’s most famous work is his Rabbit series (the novels Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and the novella “Rabbit Remembered”) which chronicled the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to his death. Both Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit At Rest (1990) received the Pulitzer Prize. He is one of only three authors (the others being Booth Tarkington and William Faulkner) to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. Updike published more than twenty novels and more than a dozen short story collections, as well as poetry, art criticism, literary criticism and children’s books. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems appeared in The New Yorker, starting in 1954. He also wrote regularly for The New York Review of Books.

Disabled WorldPegasos Biography
Classics in Dermatology(Table of Contents,Editorial)
Personal Health; Struggling for peace in the war against psoriasis.

Chapter 18 of Skin Deep
Storytelling, a movie
Profile in The Guardian (Print Version)
Camel Driver: Exurbia Fights Back

VN Collation #20
AAD Dispatches from the National Psoriasis Foundation
A National Psoriasis Foundation Chat Transcript
Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
Semiotics and the Shakespeare Authorship Debate: The Author — and His Icon — Do Make a Difference in Understanding the Works
The Archives of the Canadian Dermatology Association has Updike as a reference
Swathmore Warders of Imaginative Literature
(check attendance, near the bottom)
Bibliography of Secondary Sources on the History of Dermatology Biography
Armstrong Atlantic State University Literary Nonfiction Book Reviews & Reports
Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care Bibliography
Chapter 5 of Writing as a Reflective Action
Gary Shine’s List
John Updike on psoriasis: At war with my skin, from the journal of a leper” Jackson R. J Cutan Med Surg 2000 Apr;4(2):113-5
Self-consciousness and the psoriatic personality: considering updike and potter” (PubMed entry for Literature and Medicine article of that title)
Chapter 1 of The Private I
I Have Preened, I Have Lived
The Hidden Delight of Psoriasis

Yezhov, Nikolai Ivanovich
Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov or Ezhov (Russian: Никола́й Иванович Ежо́в) (IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj jɪˈʐof]; May 1, 1895 – February 4, 1940) was a senior figure in the NKVD (the Soviet secret police) under Joseph Stalin during the period of the Great Purge. His reign is sometimes known as the “Yezhovshchina” (Russian: Ежовщина), “the Yezhov era”, a term that began to be used during the de-Stalinization campaign of the 1950s

Chapter 9 of Stalin’s Loyal Executioner


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