Alma Thorpe




Age: 63


Summary: Georgia woman whose troubles with mental illness, sexual abuse, and dark family secrets were captured in a 1998 award-winning film called Alma (which won Best Documentary Feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival) who was diagnosed as clinically schizophrenic and was given electroshock treatment after she was involuntarily committed in 1965 to Milledgeville's Central State Hospital, but who spent most of her life at home playing the piano and writing and receiving hundreds of letters.



Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes


Born: December 20, 1941


Died: December 16, 2005


Location: Atlanta, Georgia