Getting Sick: Hollywood’s Last Taboo

When Hollywood composer Michael Kamen died this month, after a years-long battle with multiple sclerosis, few of the news bulletins reporting his demise were able to give the cause. In fact, the afflictions of Hollywood stars are almost never accurately reported, and the very idea of sickness seems to be almost unacceptable in polite Hollywood society. It’s a bizarre taboo, but an undeniable one, and Kamen is only the latest example of a star-studded culture obsessed with health, and unwilling to discuss even the idea of sickness.