NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness Home | About NAMI | Contact Us | En Espanol  | Donate  
  Advanced Search  

Sign In
Register and Join
What's New
State & Local NAMIs
Advocate Magazine
NAMI Newsroom
NAMI Store
National Convention
Special Needs Estate Planning
NAMI Travel


Print this page
Graphic Site
Log Out
 | Print this page | 

Leeza Gibbons' life lessons

After coping with depression and major life changes, the popular TV personality hit the reset button—and she wants to show you how to do it, too.

By Linda Childers

Hopetocope.comEntertainment journalist, talk show host, entrepreneur, wife, mother, author, health care activist—Leeza Gibbons has constantly re-created herself throughout her 30-year career in television.

The most profound shift came after her mother, Gloria Jean, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1999. Always a high achiever, Gibbons had set her sights on journalism as a girl and reached her goal on a national scale. She was a media personality after a decade with the TV tabloid Entertainment Tonight and had debuted her own talk show, Leeza, in 1993. Now she faced something no amount of effort and ambition could control.

The decline of her once-vibrant mother, an enormously influential figure in her life, sent Gibbons into a tailspin of depression. And as Gibbons was trying to cope with the emotional pain and daily stress of her mother's condition while raising three children and managing her career, life threw more challenges at her.

Her talk show ended in 2000 and she started a new job as an anchor on Extra, then made the leap two years later into the unfamiliar waters of health care advocacy. Meanwhile, her marriage to actor and architect Stephen Meadows was unraveling—they split up in 2005 after 14 years as man and wife—and her oldest child left for college.

Gibbons says that all these events, "stacked on top of each other," forced her to rethink her life. Or as she puts it, she hit the reset button.

"It was the beginning of my personal reinvention," says Gibbons, who shares what she's learned in her latest book, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings. "Sometimes life changes on the way to happily-ever-after. One day you wake up and think, 'This isn't where I was supposed to be.'" … [end of excerpt]

Click here to read more from Leeza's Life Lessons.

 | Print this page | 


Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
Home  |  myNAMI  |  About NAMI  |  Contact Us  |  Jobs  |  SiteMap

Copyright © 1996 - 2011 NAMI. All Rights Reserved.