Artists that command raised popularity levels and pompous lives often find themselves losing out on the real meaning of life. They feel alienated despite having countless followers and so called well wishers. The ever rising quench to find the real inner-self overcomes their desire to rule the world. This makes way for a reclusive life and they end up shying away from their glamorous life to provide comfort to their volatile souls. Here is a list of top 10 artists who kicked away glamour to live a reclusive life.
10. Doris Day:
There are very few actresses who can seriously challenge Doris Day for the fan following that she commanded in 1950’s and 1960’s. However, this great actress dropped out of the scene and started living alone in a house situated nearby a beach in California. Even in the year 1989 during Oscar ceremony, the award for lifetime achievement on her name was collected by someone else in her absentia.
9. Bettie Page:
She was one of the top most fetish models of her time and acted as a pin-up girl for numerous products ranging from accessories, apparels to boots and what not. She was the darling of all fashion magazines in the 1950’s and attracted lots of spotlight. However, she chose to live away in seclusion all of a sudden and kicked away the well earned name and fame of years. One of the reasons could also be attributed to the diagnosis of Schizophrenia.
8. Sly Stone:
It has been a considerable amount of time that Sly Stone, one of the most dynamic musicians in the recent past came out in open and basked under sun in front of mainstream media. She was last seen in the Vanity Fair magazine edition that was out in the year 2007. Since then, her tryst with the outer world has been a struggling experience to say the least.
7. John Keats:
Arguably one of the top most romantic writers that English Literature has ever seen, John Keats proffered numerous legendary literature works during his sunny days. However, the disease of tuberculosis and a level of disinterest towards life (that arose all of a sudden) motivated him to leave his well-off life to live away from the happening life of his own.
6. Cormac McCarthy:
He can easily be termed as one of the most reclusive and inaccessible figures in the history of literature ever. A great author who penned down marvels such as “The Road” and “Blood Meridian” to name a few, was lost in the lonely confinement after his appearance in the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007. He continues to live somewhere in New Mexico, away from public gaze.
5. Greta Garbo:
One of the best performers of the silent era cinema, Greta Garbo was a prominent Swedish actress who gave away the gleaming life of a film star to live a life in total solitary confinement. She withdrew from movies and personal business all of a sudden to live a cloistered life in an apartment in the New York City with an anonymous identity.
4. Syd Barret:
He is considered as one of the most reclusive musicians ever worldwide because of his diverse ways than various contemporaries. Once he achieved fame through his debut venture with Pink Floyd’s band in the year 1964, he headed out to an unknown territory. He didn’t give interviews and led a highly concealed life away from the glamour world till the time of his death.
3. Vinod Khanna:
One of the foremost actors of his time in Bollywood, Vinod Khanna was ruling Bollywood when he decided to kick away glamour. In the year 1975, Vinod Khanna became the disciple of Osho (Bhagwan Guru Rajneesh) and worked as his gardener. This also caused havoc on his marriage that ended in divorce due to his reclusive life that was termed as abnormal by his family. Regarded as one of the handsome actors of Bollywood, Vinod died battling cancer on 27 April, 2017.
2. Marilyn Monroe:
One of the famous actresses, regarded as the most illustrious sex siren of her time, Marilyn Monroe was a legendary pop star and film actress. She enjoyed the touch of glamour as no other Hollywood actress can possibly boast off. It was a shocker for all the cinema buffs around the world when this seductive diva announced her seclusion from the mainstream cinema to live in wilderness on her own. Later on, she was found dead in her apartment, unattended.
1. Michael Jackson:
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson is surely among the top 3 legends in terms of sheer popularity ever to take birth on the earth. Such was his aura that even after his decision to quit singing and stage shows, mainstream media didn’t allow him to live a solitary live. He kicked away his well groomed career that brought him huge laurels to lead a life on his own in lonely.