"I always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown
most readily available to adolescent girls."
Kate Beckinsale is a waifish British actress. In her teens
she was anorexic, weighing 70 pounds at the age of 15. Now a major movie star, she does adverts for Diet Coke.
Attending public school at Flexlands, Godolphin and Latymer,
she was a bright student, tomboyish and encouraged to be foul-mouthed by Battersby, a working-class Londoner who found it
hilarious to hear a posh girl swear. But her fury at her father's death gradually turned inwards, making her troubled and
withdrawn, with a paranoid fear of illness, till she reached breakdown in the form of anorexia - anorexia, as she says, being
"the mode of nervous breakdown most available to teenage girls". By the age of 15, she weighed just five stone yet, with the
support of Loe and Battersby, and the aid of five years of Freudian analysis, eventually recovered. Now she claims that anorexia
and the learning process it forced upon her were "the best thing that ever happened to me".