updated 12/06/1999 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/06/1999 AT 01:00 AM EST
But unknown even to her closest friends, Bergman was in pain. "We believe she suffered from a progressive phobic disorder," says her husband of nine years, screenwriter Dino Andrade, 36. "She was haunted by irrational fears that steadily grew." Until Nov. 11. That morning, she did a radio show celebrating Disneyland's 45th anniversary. That evening, she put a shotgun to her head. Andrade says he found the body and two notes—one to him, the second to their friend, writer John Bell—"saying she could not handle the fear anymore."
An only child growing up in Los Angeles, Bergman idolized her neighbor Adriana Caselotti, the original voice of Snow White. Years later, her own ability as a mimic led to her being named Caselotti's successor. She went on to roles in many major animated works, including this year's South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Andrade regrets Bergman told no one of her distress. "There was no getting her for help," he says, noting she seemed unhappy, but not alarmingly so, in recent weeks. "We did not see this coming."