by Brady Sullivan
Hollywood is filled with colorful characters and quirky personalities. Then there are those who cross the line and go from being simply eccentric to downright crazy-pants. Here are ten of the most memorable cases of stars who totally lost it.
Winona has always been, well, strange as far as Hollywood actresses go. Why else would a guy like Johnny Depp date her for years? However, Winona pushed her nuttiness to a new level when she was caught stealing clothing worth hundreds of dollars from a store in Beverly Hills. As if being convicted of shoplifting wasn't enough, she recently "lost" jewelry on loan for a party. Price tag? $125,000. Come on, Winona, we know you don’t need that five finger discount.
There was a time, many years ago, when Andy Dick was a rising comedy star known for his antics onscreen rather than off. However, the good reputation he gained on The Ben Stiller Show and NewsRadio soon began to dwindle as he turned into a drug abusing, attention-obsessed madman. When you are so crazy annoying that even Jon Lovitz feels the need to slam your head against a bar, you know you must be pretty intolerable.
Poor Britney. After years as a teen star suppressing her white trash nature, the paparazzi and stress of show business finally got to her and unleashed her inner hillbilly. A 24-hour marriage. Another marriage to K-Fed. Another divorce. Losing custody of her kids. Chain smoking and drinking heavily. Flashing her vagina to the world. A few stays in mental hospitals. And so on. If it weren't for the millions and millions of dollars and incredible fame, there really isn’t much that separates Britney from an average Maury Povich guest at this point.
Like many child stars, Danny Bonaduce turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with his fleeting fame after The Partridge Family. However, what makes him different is that he is so screwed up he wears his craziness as a badge of honor, even flaunting it shamelessly for ratings on Breaking Bonaduce (not enough ratings though, sorry Danny!). Danny's also special because he isn’t just an alcoholic or drug addict, but also a steroid-fueled five feet of violence.
Kirk Cameron has always been an extremely religious person, and would even protest when he thought story lines or dialogue in the scripts for Growing Pains were too obscene (who can forget all those Seaver family orgies and opium den visits?). He became a full-on religious fanatic after leaving the show, appearing in films based on the Left Behind series, which focuses on what happens at the end of the world to sinners who have not accepted Jesus (side note: every television set plays Growing Pains marathons). He then went a step further, co-creating a DVD and book series called The Way of the Master, which teaches you how to be a dick to other people in the name of Jesus.
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