Julie Heldman has bipolar disorder.

Julie Heldman is a women’s tennis pioneer who won 22 pro titles and earned a top-five world ranking before retiring in 1975 to become a television analyst and later an attorney. But an isolated childhood with an abusive mother led to breakdowns and a suicide attempt. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 50, and published a widely admired memoir, Driven (A Daughter’s Odyssey), in 2018.


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