Celebrities with RA

We aren’t the only ones with Rheumatoid Arthritis or related disorders. It seems to be an equal opportunity condition, affecting the rich and famous, artists, scientists and actors, just like the rest of us.

Here is a list of some celebrities with RA or related diseases, including links so that you can read more about their journey. In addition to those mentioned, we know also that Phil Mickelson, golfer, and Venus Williams, tennis star, were recently diagnosed with rheumatic conditions related to RA.

How lucky we are to know that Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune, inflammatory, food sensitivity disorder that can be short-circuited with changes to diet. My heart goes out to all of those who continue to struggle to find their way.

Recent additions to list:

Dorothy Hamill, Osteoarthritis, Olympic skating champion,

Aida Turturro, Rheumatoid Arthritis, actress best known for her role as Janice Soprano on the hit series The Sopranos.

Jennie Garth’s Daughter, Lola, diagnosed at age 5 in 2008, with Juvenile RA.

James Braddock, Cinderella Man, RA, played by Russell Crowe.

Dave Prowse, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis,  body builder and actor who played Darth Vader in Star Wars.


Camryn Mannheim, actress.

Lucille Ball, RA, actress

James Coburn, RA, actor

Renoir,  RA, 18th Century artist

Rosalind Russell , RA, actress

Kathleen Turner, RA, actress

Rubens, RA, 17th century artist

Sandy Koufax,  RA, baseball great

Christiaan Barnard, M.D. RA, Transplant pioneer

Raoul Dufy, artist.  RA, Early user of cortisone who helped define its side effects.

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