Marilu Henner Has Hyperthyroidism, Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, Can Recall Every Day of Her Life
American actress Mary Lucy Denise "Marilu" Henner was producer and author. She is best known for her role as Elaine O'Connor Nardo on the sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1983. She was born April 6, 1952.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, to a Greek mother and Polish father, Henner was raised on the northwest side of Chicago in the Logan Square neighborhood.
While a student at the University of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Henner originated the role of "Marty" in the Kingston Mines production of Grease in 1971.
A good memory is essential for any aspiring actress struggling with her lines. But in the case of Marilu Henner - a Broadway star who rose to fame in the 1970s sitcom Taxi - her memory isn’t just good, it’s incredible. For her, the past is simply unforgettable.
Give her any date from the past 40 years and she can instantly tell you the day of the week, what she was wearing, what the weather was like and what was on TV.
Superior Autobiographical Memory. Basically, Henner can recall every single day of her life.
Do you remember what happened on June 3rd, 1986? How about April 19th, 1994? If you’re Marilu Henner you do. The actress is one of 12 people in the world who has been diagnosed with hyperthymesia, which is also known as highly
Henner, who is probably best known for playing Elaine Nardo in the hit TV show “Taxi,” can recall the exact moment when she got the part.
Landing the role in “Taxi” is a pretty big event in Henner’s life, so it’s understandable that she remembers all the little details. But Henner can also remember small events and insignificant days. According to ABC, the actress’s first memory was when she was baptized.
“It was June 4 of 1978. It was a Sunday and I found out at the ‘Grease’ premiere party. ‘Taxi’ is so vivid to my mind. The very first rehearsal was July the 5th of 1978. That was a Wednesday and our first show was shot the 14th, a Friday.”
“I just remember the water, and I remember the white. Whenever I go back into memory, I’m always in my body looking out.”
Henner likens her memory to a movie, saying that whenever she’s given a date or a year she sees “these entire little movie montages, basically on a time continuum, and I’m scrolling through them and flashing through them.”
Since her time on “Taxi,” Henner has had parts in “whose The Boss?” “Cybil,” “ER,” “Numbers,” and “Unforgettable.” Henner said that she has been able to use her incredible super memory to enhance her acting. Henner said:
“Definitely being an actress, I learned how to embrace my memories and celebrate them and explore them without hesitation whatsoever.”
Henner.who is releasing a new book called “Total Memory Makeover” about hyperthymesia, said that her memory makes her feel that her life is significant. Henner said:
“It’s that defense against meaninglessness. I’m not just occupying time. There’s some significance to what I’m doing and how I’m living my life.”