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Her smile helped win a series of award-winning Polaroid camera commercials, but Mariette Hartley struggled with depression. Now she wants to make sure people know medicine can ease mental illness.

"We have such an opportunity to take the stigma and shame away from it and save people," Hartley told the Omaha World-Herald.

Hartley, 57, whose career included "Peyton Place" and a 1979 Emmy for a role in "The Incredible Hulk," wrote about her father's suicide in her 1990 autobiography, "Breaking the Silence."

She suffered depression after a divorce two years ago, she said.

"You can then reach out to someone who is in the early stages of it and help pull them over the River Styx, literally, to solid ground," she said.

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