COPD is a medical term used to describe progressive lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
Having COPD can sometimes limit your day-to-day life over time—but it doesn’t always have to.
Here are four successful celebrities with COPD who have brought awareness to the condition:
This Rat Pack member, nicknamed the “King of Cool,” developed COPD late in life due to his heavy smoking.
This beautiful supermodel took part in a series of anti-smoking public service announcements after losing her father to lung cancer. Christy had quit smoking in her late 20s. At age 31, she was diagnosed with COPD. To this day, she remains a successful model, actress, and health advocate. Her story is a reminder that COPD can start to develop as early as one’s 20s, even if it isn’t diagnosed until much later.
Not too long ago, smoking cigarettes on live television was seen as perfectly normal. That seems unimaginable today, which is probably a good thing. Johnny Carson smoked cigarettes live on air for years. Eventually, he developed COPD.
He was a conductor of the New York Philharmonic and composed the memorable scores for West Side Story and On the Waterfront. Bernstein also developed COPD and suffered from frequent lung infections as a result.