PRINT April 1990


The Autobiography of Eve

A MIND OF MY OWN is the autobiography of Chris Costner Sizemore, better known as “Eve.” Sizemore was the case study upon which The Three Faces of Eve, a popular 1957 movie directed by Nunnally Johnson, was based. Joanne Woodward played Eve, winning an Academy Award for her virtuoso performance as a woman under the influence of a mental illness, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). In the movie Woodward metamorphosed, before the camera and without special effects, from Eve Black, “the party girl,” to Eve White, “the mother/wife,” to Jane, “the intellectual woman,” enacting a female Jekyll, Jekyll and Hyde as constituted through a psychiatric/cinematic lens.

Sizemore has been dogged by her cinematic representative “Eve,” who made her a celebrity, although no one knew who she was— Sizemore didn’t go public until the mid ’70s —and, more disturbing, neither did she. In a sense her life has been

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