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.
Here's a moving video demonstration:
[Hat Tip: Boing Boing]