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Annie Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller to Speak

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2009 at 6:38AM

Helen Keller was deaf, dumb and blind after an illness at 19 months. Her teacher Annie Sullivan figured out how to teach her to communicate by sense of touch. Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft won Oscars in The Miracle Worker in the roles of Keller and Sullivan.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Helen Keller was deaf, dumb and blind after an illness at 19 months. Her teacher Annie Sullivan figured out how to teach her to communicate by sense of touch. Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft won Oscars in The Miracle Worker in the roles of Keller and Sullivan.

Here's a moving video demonstration:

[Hat Tip: Boing Boing]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.