Famous People
Who Wet the Bed

  Your Doctor?  
At the recent national meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 300 doctors and nurses participated in a workshop entitled, "Evaluation of the Wet Child."  Twenty-three percent (23%), or almost one in four, of the doctors and nurses at the workshop admitted that they were bedwetters.

Michael Landon - Actor
Michael Landon was born Eugene Orowitz, son of a former dancer and a movie theater district manager. His mother Peggy lavished attention on his older sister Evelyn, and the few times his father was home he showed little open affection toward him. 

Eugene (Michael) had a bed-wetting problem until age 14.  His mother would display his un-washed wet sheets on her clothesline for the whole
neighborhood to see.  Before he went to school she tied parts of the sheets to him.  After high school Eugene left home, eventually entered acting, and changed his name to Michael Landon.  He landed the lead part in the low budget film, "I Was A Teenage Werewolf", which to his surprise, became a smash hit.  He is most remembered for his heartwarming roles as Little Joe in "Bonanza", and Charles Engles in "Little House on the Prairie."

In 1976 Michael Landon directed a movie, "The Loneliest Runner", starring Lance Kerwin.  Lance plays the "child version" of Landon.  Michael Landon was an Olympic hopeful pondering on his childhood through the movie.  In the movie Lance is a 13 year old bedwetter, and his mother hangs his un-washed wet sheets outside his bedroom window in a cruel (boneheaded) effort to get him to stop the bedwetting. This is how he becomes such an excellent runner, having to run home for nearly a year to get the sheets out of his window, (lest his friends or best girl, played by Melissa Sue Anderson, see this embarrassment). 
He eventually becomes a runner in the Olympic games, and he wins a gold medal!

A review of the movie by Marty Summers: " This movie is a brilliant portrayal of a close-minded, mean mother, who refuses to support her son with his problem.  She really gets it in the end, and that makes the movie that much better.  I love the triumph of the young man in the story, and the support his father finally gives him at the end of the movie.  Good can triumph over evil..."  

Below are Real Media clips of the movie (requires Real Player). 

The movie is in three parts of about 25 minutes each.  To watch the movie click below.  Internet traffic can affect the movie speed, so if the movie slows down a lot, you may want to try again later.

  Loneliest Runner Part 1      Loneliest Runner Part 2      Loneliest Runner Part 3


Michael Landon: His Triumph and Tragedy

Landon Land

Michael Landon Biography

 Franklin D. Roosevelt
of the United States

Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States from 1933-1945, longer than any other U.S. president.  He led the United States out of the Great Depression of the 1930's and through World War II.  He had to wear diapers because of polio, which he was afflicted with as a young man.   In spite of his disability he went on to become one of the greatest men in history.

Source: Tri-state Incontinence Support Group


Suzanne Somers - Actress
Suzanne Somers starred for many years in "Three's Company" and other popular TV shows as well as several movies.  She grew up in the shadow of an abusive father, Frank Mahoney, a physical laborer.  Her childhood was a difficult one. Born in 1946, she spent her early years wetting her bed almost nightly because of the anxiety brought on by her father's drinking binges and mood swings.  She wet almost every night until she was 14 years old, as did her brother Danny.   Then she finally tried a wetness alarm.  Here is an exerpt from her autobiography, Keeping Secrets:

"I was invited to a couple of slumber parties. I was dying to go, but what
if I wet the bed at one of those fancy houses? Mom decided to help me do
something about my bedwetting. She called the Nite-Dri Company. 'Bed-wetting
is just a habit,' the representative said. 'We've figured out how to break
this habit.' I felt uncertain but was willing to give it a try. The idea of
wetting my bed at a friend's house horrified me. What if I wet the bed when
I was married? I had to try this, crazy as it sounded.

To my surprise, in two short months a lifetime habit was broken. The crazy
screen/alarm contraption worked! I stopped wetting the bed at last."


Keeping Secrets - Suzanne Somers - Book Review

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