Sneezing in the Spotlight: Grin and Bear It?

Scarlett Johansson

Known for her striking beauty, as well as her rich voice and talent, Scarlett Johansson has made a respectable career for herself at a young age.

Now 24, Johansson had a breakout role at age 13 in the "The Horse Whisperer." But it was her lead role opposite Bill Murray in the 2003 film "Lost in Translation" that put her on the public's radar.

Recently, Johansson has joined with fellow New Yorker Woody Allen to make several films, including "Match Point" in 2005, "Scoop" in 2006 and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," to be released this year.

It was during the filming of a love scene in "Match Point" that the starlet's allergies came into the spotlight.

In an interview with the BBC, Johansson described dealing with her allergies under Allen's directing:

"He, [Allen] for some reason thinks I'm a hypochondriac, which I find to be absolutely ridiculous. I'm just environmentally sensitive, that's all. Rolling around in a wheat field in the rain is not the best thing for anybody with allergies," Johansson said.

"He said that if my eye swelled to the size of his fist I could have two days off. ... It wasn't so bad, but have you seen the size of his fists? They're not small. It was slightly swollen, but nothing a couple of Allegra D couldn't cure."

Naomi Campbell

The notoriously mercurial British modeling icon Naomi Campbell recently announced that she is no longer drinking because "I find that I'm allergic to alcohol," she said. The San Francisco Gate also reported her saying that she has "more energy and more fun than when I was drinking and I can hang out really late and get up early in the morning with no hangovers and still smile."

According to James Li at the Mayo Clinic, a true allergic response to alcohol is uncommon.

"A true food allergy involves your immune system," Li wrote on the clinic's Web site. "In such cases, your immune system mistakenly identifies a specific food or a component of that food as a harmful substance. Signs and symptoms include hives, breathing difficulties and swelling of your lips, tongue or throat."

But some people can be allergic to specific ingredients in drinks, like wheat. And an allergy could make a person more susceptible to the normal effects of a drink or two.

Campbell also claimed that much of her well-publicized bad behavior is alcohol-related. In 2000, she pleaded guilty to hitting her assistant with a phone and threatening to throw her out of a moving car. Campbell pleaded guilty again in 2007 to hitting her housekeeper. And in 2008 she was accused of spitting on a police officer at London's Heathrow Airport.

Her publicist, Jeff Raymond, declined to answer questions about her allergy.

Tiger Woods

On the golf course, Tiger Woods is a formidable force against any fellow golfer. But one foe always poses problems on the green.

"The weather will affect him differently than the other guys because Tiger is allergic to every thing on the golf course," Earl Woods, Tiger Woods' father, said in a 2003 interview with The New York Times. "He has taken allergy shots as a kid and he has developed a resistance to everything. But … in the spring, that pollen gets to him."

Woods, 32, has not let his allergies get the better of his game. He has won 86 tournaments during his 12-year professional career.

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