In an interview with Life magazine, Tim Burton admitted to being traumatized by a young girl that would stare at nothing but never said a word. He knew her since his first years in school and he became terribly frightened of her. Sometimes he used to imagine that she was possessed or was seeing the spirits of the dead. Eventually, her parents moved to another town but he had worked himself up wondering about happened to her that he had began to have vivid nightmares and that his nightmares eventually became his inspiration for his artwork.
After returning home from college in his early 20's, he learned from some of his acquaintances that she had been diagnosed with severe Autism. Her parents had really just moved in order to enroll her in a special school but the damage was done. He's now a rich and well-known, albeit screwed up, artist.
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