Wolf Files: Celebrity Phobias

— We've all got irrational fears. Most of us just don't have the money to afford 12 boxes of Kleenex like germ-phobic billionaire Howard Hughes.

But in a time when celebrity obsession is running at an all-time high, it's interesting to note that some stars have obsessions even more bizarre than our own.

You'd think Bill Bob Thornton's only fear might be ex-wife Angelina Jolie. But Thornton's got so many phobias, he makes Woody Allen look like Russell Crowe.

Like a lot of people, Thornton struggles with aviophobia (fear of flying) and chromophobia (fear of bright colors). But what do you call the fear of antiques? The Bad Santa star refuses to stay in a room with furniture built before 1950.

Fear of Fears Phobias — persistent fears that interfere with our lives — affect the lives some 14.8 million Americans to varying degrees.

If you're deathly afraid of getting married, you might suffer from gamophobia (fear of weddings), genophobia (fear of sex) or even pentheraphobia (fear of mothers-in-law).

But before you develop phobophobia (fear of fears), rest assured that most of us learn to cope with our phobias and lead relatively normal lives.

But what if you had the money to indulge your fears and idiosyncrasies? In what sort of Neverland would you live?

Would you sort clothing according to color, like European soccer star David Beckham? Click through the following pages for a look at the phobias of the rich and famous, including John Madden, Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.

1. John Madden: No Air Game

Many jet-setters don't like to fly — even in first class. Say what you will about the inflated ego of Monday Night Football's John Madden. The sports commentator is famous for keeping both feet on the ground.

In 1979, Madden vowed to fly never again, and he's yet to yield to the coast-to-coast demands of his job. He drives more than 60,000 miles a year, and his $700,000, 45-foot motor home, "The Madden Cruiser," is famous in stadium parking lots across the country. If the game's in Hawaii, call Dan Fouts.

Aviophobia (fear of flying) has kept other stars out of the sky. Cher, Aretha Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg and Muhammad Ali are known to be queasy riders

If you're looking for an argument, Madden attributes his fears to claustrophobia rather than aviophobia. The former football coach has never been afraid of expressing himself. [Next: David Beckham] 2.David Beckham: Ataxophobia

Talk about perfectionism: In David Beckham's closet, each shirt is filed according to its color. Each can of soda is lined up in his refrigerator like soldiers at attention. Beckham is sometimes described as an ataxophobic — a person who fears disorder.

"Everything has to match in the house," his wife, Victoria, formerly known as Posh Spice, told People magazine two years ago. "If there are three cans of diet Coke he'd throw one away rather than having three because it's uneven."

Beckham is a god on the football field. And in this case, cleanliness really is next to godliness.

At times, he's been known to pick out clothing that matches his furniture.

"He makes perfect arrangements out of things," said Ian Denyar, who directed a 2002 TV documentary on the football star. "The DVD player has to be parallel to the edge of the table." [Next: Johnny Depp]

3. Johnny Depp: Clourophobia

A fear of clowns is no laughing matter, especially to Johnny Depp and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

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