Carole Bayer Sager has written over 400 songs and has been awarded an Oscar® and a Grammy® for her work. In 1987, the music icon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Yet, she reveals to Oprah, Carole missed her induction and stayed at home, paralyzed by insecurity. What made it even more difficult, she says, is that several music legends were in attendance at the ceremony to be inducted in the same class, including Carole King (her “idol”), Gerry Goffin, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
“I sort of had a mini–nervous breakdown,” she says. “I couldn’t move out of my bed. I couldn’t go to New York to accept that because I feel, and this sounds so crazy, but I feel somewhere back in time I made a deal with the devil: ‘Give me a fantastic life, and I promise you I won’t enjoy it.'”