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The Word: Daryl Hannah is autistic

Daryl Hannah, star of "Kill Bill," "Splash," and pretty much the entire 80s, is autistic, she has revealed.

BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Daryl Hannah attends the 2011 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 15, 2011 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Daryl Hannah attends the 2011 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 15, 2011 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Daryl Hannah, star of "Kill Bill," "Splash," and pretty much the entire 80s, is autistic, she has revealed.

The actress was diagnosed with autism as a child, and she struggled with "debilitating shyness" throughout her career. She fought to hide her condition from her Hollywood employers, and often refused to give interviews and make promotional appearances,“not because I was above it, but because I was terrified.”

Hannah says she's doing better now. She spends much of her time on environmental activism and has a boyfriend, a farm, and a pet pig. "I’ve learned a couple of things that really would’ve made my life easier if I’d known them 20 years ago," she told People.

"I wasted so much time scared, self-conscious and insecure."

It's remarkable to hear a star talk so openly about this kind of mental illness - though autism has become something of a buzzword in the last few years, it's still surprising to hear a star admit they have it. It seems like only yesterday that it seemed that stars only suffered from two things: Exhaustion and dehydration.

 
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