I have a confession. I am an entertainment news junkie. I know, it’s embarrassing, but true. There is a very good chance that if you were to walk into my house E! News would be on. But you need to know that in order to understand my excitement when I ran across the Stuttering Foundation’s brochure of Famous People Who Stutter. How cool is that? Here are entertainers that so many admire and they wanted the world to know that they stutter, but it has not inhibited them. They have gone on to accomplish great things and that is a message I want all my fluency students to hear loud and clear! I frequently remind my students of famous people who stutter and often times they are pleasantly surprised and I hope encouraged. I recently visited the American Stuttering Foundation’s website and realized their list of the rich and famous who stutter had been updated. So I wanted to share some of the famous faces on the list with all of you!
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James Earl Jones — Actor James Earl Jones, a Broadway, television, and movie star, is well-known for his voice as Darth Vader in Star Wars and his book Voices and Silences. He is also the voice of CNN. Jones is featured in the SFA's Famous People Who Stutter brochure. He received the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for his "long and quiet devotion to advancing literacy, the arts and humanities on a national and local scale," said SAG President Alan Rosenberg.
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Nicole Kidman — This award-winning actress is known for her performances in Dead Calm, The Hours, To Die For, Batman Forever, and Rabbit Hole. She is married to Keith Urban and pulls of the "fair skin look" better than anyone else (insert jealousy here).
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Emily Blunt — This Golden Globe Award-winning actress is probably best known for her work in My Summer of Love and The Devil Wears Prada. And she is married to Jim from The Office. Awesome!
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Bruce Willis — Having starred in more than 60 movies, he became popular in the late 1980s with the Die Hard series. Other popular films include Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, and The Sixth Sense. Formerly married to Demi Moore.
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Jimmy Stewart — He is considered one of the finest actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Stewart earned Lifetime Achievement awards from nearly every major film organization. In addition to acting, he had a military career in which he advanced to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force. He is the guy in It's a Wonderful Life. I seriously believe it is criminal not to watch this movie during the Christmas Holidays!
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Marilyn Monroe — This actress and singer is one of the most popular movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s. She is known for her comedic skills and screen presence. Monroe is pictured in the SFA's Famous People Who Stutter Brochure. Happy birthday Mr. President!
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Tim Gunn — Host of the popular fashion reality TV show Project Runway. I have a feeling that somewhere along the way a speech therapist told him to "make it work Tim."
(All bios are from the American Stuttering Foundation Website and my own entertainment knoweldge.)