Parents' Strictness Led Jennifer O-Neill To Attempt Suicide At Age 14: "I Just Wanted To Be Heard"

Date June 20, 2019

Star of the 60s Jennifer O'Neill had a pretty interesting youth. Her fate had blessed her early fame when she was just 15 and aspired to become a model. What does she have to comment about dark spots in her life though?


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The classic diva successfully appeared in Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Seventeen and other magazines when she was just a teen. She managed to earn $80k annually in 1962 working in New York City.

Jennifer's first notable debut in Hollywood was 1970's Rio Lobo. It paved the road for her selection in Summer of '42 the very next year. 


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Her naive attempt to take her own life

In Closer Weekly's latest issue, Jennifer indulged in a very in-depth interview, discussing the tragedies. She was inquired about the reason behind her suicide attempt at the age of 14 on Easter Sunday 1962. Back then, her family had just moved to New York and she was going through a separation from her dog Mandy and horse Monty.


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The legendary actress explained that what seems like a no big deal to an adult looks like a catastrophe to a youngster. She recalled:

I didn’t want to die, I just wanted to be heard. It was just a rebellion against my parents’ decisions.


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She was hospitalized for several weeks and remained in a coma. Later in life, this experience inspired her to speak on this matter and stand up for others. Teenagers revolting like this has certainly become an epidemic in the U.S.


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Her complicated love life

From 1971 to 1996, Jennifer was married nine times. She has three children who are all from different husbands. Mervin Sidney Louque, Jr. brought stability to her unstable marital journey and they are still relishing their happily ever after.


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Jennifer's story makes us aware of how the minds of teenagers work. If you witness any of the kids showing symptoms of dissatisfaction - respond to it immediately.