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TITLE: THREE FACES OF EVE, THE • PERS: WOODWARD, JOANNE • YEAR: 1957 • DIR: JOHNSON, NUNNALLY • CREDIT: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / 20TH CENTURY FOX ]

The Three Faces of Eve

This is a true story about DID (dissociative identity disorder). Eve is a women affected by what is also more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, who was treated in the 1950s. Three faces of Eve was also converted into a movie based on her story, and has to a large degree been true to how it was for her.

Eve White is a timid, self-effacing wife and mother who is subject to severe and blinding headaches and occasional blackouts. Eventually she is sent to see a personality psychiatrist Dr. Luther, and while having a conversation, a “new personality”, the wild, fun-loving Eve Black, emerges. Eve Black knows everything about Eve White, but Eve White is unaware of Eve Black. When Eve Black becomes the dominant personality, Eve White’s husband leaves her and abandons their daughter, Bonnie. Eve White is sent to an asylum after Eve Black tries to kill Eve White’s daughter.

Dr. Luther considers both Eve White and Eve Black to be incomplete and inadequate personalities. Most of the film depicts Luther’s attempts to understand and deal with these two faces of Eve. He eventually prompts her to remember a traumatic event in Eve’s childhood. Her beloved grandmother had died when she was six, and according to family custom relatives were supposed to kiss the dead person at the viewing, making it easier for them to let go. Eve’s grief and terror led to her “splitting off” into two distinctly different personalities.

Under hypnosis at one session, a third personality manifests, the relatively stable Jane. After discovering the cause of her disorder, Jane is gradually able to remember everything that has ever happened to all three personalities. When Luther asks to speak with Eve White, they discover that Eve White and Eve Black no longer exist. All three personalities have merged again into a single one. She marries a man named Earl whom she met when she was Jane and reunites with her daughter Bonnie.

This is a true story about DID (dissociative identity disorder). Eve is a women affected by what is also more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, who was treated in the 1950s. Three faces of Eve was also converted into a movie based on her story, and has to a large degree been true to how it was for her. Eve White is a timid, self-effacing wife and mother who is subject to severe and blinding headaches and occasional blackouts. Eventually she is sent to see a personality psychiatrist Dr. Luther, and while having a conversation, a "new personality", the wild, fun-loving…

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