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Thandie Newton's Bulimia Battle

8/5/2007 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Pursuit of Happyness" star Thandie Newton battled bulimia for a year.

The tiny actress told People that her eating disorder started when she was a teen ballet dancer, and that she ate "nothing but cottage cheese" in order to stay thin.

Years later, after a string of emotionally abusive relationships, Newton had an eating disorder relapse. Her bulimia was so severe that she has "scars on my knuckles from where I put my fingers down my throat."

It wasn't until she went to a therapist years later that she "made the connection between shame and self abuse."

Newton has been married for the last nine years and has two daughters, Ripley, 6, and Nico, 2.

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SAM    

NOT A CLUE WHO SHE IS???? WELL, YOU SHOULD GOOGLE HER.
HER BODY OF WORK AS AN ACTRESS IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE!

2601 days ago
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yeoq.com    

yep, that is what hollywood would do to you, eating disorder!

2601 days ago
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simon birch    

Well for ..whocares..and meathook..if you don't care don't respond dipsticks...mabe you should get out more...on second thought...don't! IF you don't care why bother us with your dribble? you people moan and carry on and whine about this and that and then lay on the ...whocares!.....then do us all a favor and don't write anymore...so far what your remarks prove you not only don't care...but have no frickin clue!!!

2601 days ago
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eM    

Can somebody please explain why she would have scars on her knuckles from sticking her finger down her throat? I guess I don't very well understand the dynamics of bullimia, or else this lady has a serrated uvula.

2601 days ago
20.

ratboy    

Man, this chick really looks slutty. More than likely a triple input girl......

2601 days ago
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90292    

She's painful to look at --- if she doesn't have bulimia anymore, than she's now moved to anorexia or coke.

2601 days ago
22.

Melissa    

Wasn't she also in the movie Crash? She was the woman that Matt Dillon pulled over with her husband.

2601 days ago
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Allie    

Longtime ER (hospital drams that launched George Clooney) star in the middle of its run, was a medical professional married to Noah Wiley's character. Was a star in CRASH, Norbit, and later The Pursuit of Happyness. She was a contender for the movie that tanked about the journalist Pearl. Thandie Newton's name came up as a big potential for that movie, many thought she would of been truer to the role.

2601 days ago
24.

Susan    

Yes, she was great in Crash. I think she played the wife of Terrence Howard's character.

2601 days ago
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disgusted    

RATBOY IS CORRECT.....YOU PEOPLE ARE EITHER BLIND, JEALOUS OR INTIMIDATED TO SAY THANDIE IS HARD TO LOOK AT OR SHE LOOKS SLUTTY. OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT IT....IT'S OBVIOUS!!!

2601 days ago
26.

Wicked    

these skinny little wanna-be starlets just need to eat...what man finds skin and bones attactive...only the freaks

2601 days ago
27.

Wicked    

keira, WHAT.EV.ER.

2601 days ago
28.

sharee    

she is a star, she is a great actress.. u dont have a clue of who she is because u must not watch a lot of movies. she was in the movie crash and she was great in it. i feel for her.. she must have went through a lot. im glad she fought off the bulemia. good luck to her!!

2601 days ago
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SUN    

#14 Bulemia is when a person binges on food, usually eating everything in the house, and then throws it all up by sticking their fingers down their throat. The scars come from their teeth scraping up against their knuckles.

2601 days ago
30.

Mia    

She is a tremendous actress. I hope she stays healthy, we need more artists like her. She has class.

2601 days ago
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