2006 Three Faces of Eve

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Immediate – September 15, 2006Alicia Steger (516) 572-9634e-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu

The Nassau Community College Fall 2006 Cultural Program Presents “The Real Three Faces of Eve:    Chris Sizemore Discusses Her Journey from Multiple Personality to Mental Health”

October 19

Garden City, NY—The Nassau Community College Fall 2006 Cultural Program is proud to host “The Three Faces of Eve: A Journey from Multiple Personality to Mental Health” on October 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the College Center Building, featuring Chris Sizemore, the real woman who became known to the world as Eve during the 1950s.

Chris Sizemore was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, which today is formally referred to as dissociative identity disorder (DID). At the time, the disorder was thought to be so rare that she was believed to be the only such case in the world. In 1953, Sizemore’s story was told in the book The Three Faces of Eve, written by her psychiatrists Corbett Thigpen and Hervey Cleckley. In 1957, the book was transformed into an award-winning film starring Joanne Woodward.

The Three Faces of Eve ended with “Jane” as the single surviving personality. However, by the time Sizemore wrote her first book in 1958, a fourth personality, Evelyn Lancaster, emerged. She wrote the book The Final Face of Eve under that pseudonym. Over the ensuing years, 18 more personalities emerged, for a total of 22. In 1977, Sizemore announced her true identity to the world in her book I’m Eve. In it, she described in detail all of her personalities. Sizemore went on to have a successful career as an artist, write more books and become a mental health advocate who was instrumental in the founding of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.“The Three Faces of Eve: A Journey from Multiple Personality to Mental Health” is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. Nassau Community College Psychology Professor Harold D. Siegel, PhD, a specialist in diagnosing dissociative disorders, will introduce Sizemore. For more information about this NCC Cultural Program, please call 516.572.7153.

 

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