Posts Tagged ‘Helen Keller’

Advocacy Group Opposes ‘Miracle Worker’ Casting Choice

By Patrick Healy © The New York Times — Two weeks after a group of deaf actors protested the choice of a hearing actor for a deaf role in an upcoming Off Broadway production, the issue has surfaced again: Should producers have chosen a deaf or blind child actress to play Helen Keller in this winter’s Broadway revival of “The Miracle Worker”? The producers announced on Wednesday that Abigail Breslin, a 13-year-old newcomer to Broadway who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the beauty pageant contestant Olive in “Little Miss Sunshine,” would play Helen in the production, which is set to open this winter. Ms. Breslin can see and hear…. READ ARTICLE

Abigail Breslin To Make Broadway Debut As Helen Keller In ‘Miracle Worker’

By Amy Wilkinson © MTV — Hollywood has come down with a case of Broadway fever, as yet another young starlet is set to make her Great White Way debut. Just yesterday we pondered Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming role in the Arthur Miller drama “A View From the Bridge,” and now comes word (via Variety) that 13-year-old Abigail Breslin has been cast as Helen Keller in a revival of the 1959 play “The Miracle Worker.” Abigail will star as the blind-deaf girl alongside Alison Pill’s (“In Treatment,” “Milk”) Annie Sullivan, a legally blind woman who teaches Helen to communicate. “The Miracle Worker” is quite a celebrated production, having won four Tonys in 1960 and two Oscars in 1963 for the screen adaptation, both starring Patty Duke as Helen and Anne Bancroft as Annie…. READ ARTICLE

Helen Keller Statue Honors Disabled Advocate

By Sarah Williams © Voice of America News — A statue honoring Helen Keller, a prominent advocate for the disabled, unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The bronze statue depicts Keller as a seven-year-old child by a water pump where she first learned to communicate by sign language. It was donated by the state of Alabama, where Keller was born in 1880…. READ ARTICLE

Keller’s spirit gave hope to the disabled

By Wendell Mitchell © Prattville Progress, Alabama — Folks, we live in a great country. And, I must say, I have never felt more “American” than I did last Wednesday when I sat among some 400 guests in the rotunda of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. It was on this occasion that the Congress of the United States dedicated the statue of Helen Keller and placed it among other great Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to our great country. I was invited by the sponsors of the event to represent the Alabama State Senate as a part of the official Alabama delegation. This was a high personal honor for me and for all of those whom I represent in the 30th Senatorial district…. READ ARTICLE

Pelosi: ‘Helen Keller’s Statue Will Stand as a Testament to Her Strength and to the American Ideal of Equality’

From PRNewswire, WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders spoke at a ceremony [October 7] in the Capitol Rotunda to unveil a statue of Helen Keller. The statue will become part of the National Statuary Hall Collection, which is comprised of two statues from each state to honor notable men and women. Below are the Speaker’s remarks…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Helen Keller statue unveiled

© UPI, WASHINGTON — A statue of Helen Keller, showing her at the moment the blind and deaf 7-year-old got a sense of language, was unveiled Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol. The statue is the first of the 100 artworks donated by states for the Capitol to show a child and a disabled person, the Birmingham, Ala., News reported. More than 400 people attended the ceremony in the Rotunda, including 35 members of Keller’s family. Some of them still live near her childhood home in Tuscumbia, Alabama…. READ ARTICLE

Statue Of Helen Keller To Be Installed In Capitol

From WUSA9 © The Associated Press — Alabama is updating its historical presence in the U.S. Capitol, swapping out a statue of a rather unknown former congressman for a new bronze likeness of Helen Keller. The Keller statue, being unveiled Wednesday morning, is the first in the National Statuary Hall Collection depicting a person with a disability and the only one of a child. Showing Keller as a 7-year-old girl, it replaces one of Jabez Curry, a former Confederate officer, educator, ambassador and preacher who was once well known for advocating for free public education…. READ ARTICLE

Helen Keller statue to be unveiled at Capitol

By Ashley Hayes © CNN — It was a moment vividly depicted in the movie about her life: 7-year-old Helen Keller, holding one hand under a water pump as her teacher spelled “W-A-T-E-R” into her other hand. The statue of Helen Keller will be “a wonderful addition” to the National Statuary Hall, one expert said. In that moment, Keller, an Alabama native who lost her sight and hearing to illness as a toddler, understood that meanings were hidden in the manual alphabet shapes her teacher, Anne Sullivan, had taught her to make with her hands. The moment was shown in the play — later made into a movie — “The Miracle Worker.” On Wednesday, a statue commemorating her 1887 breakthrough will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, the first statue in the Capitol of a person with a disability, as well as the first of a child, according to the Alabama governor’s office…. READ ARTICLE