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Helen Keller; a legend

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Helen Keller is a great name in physically handicapped people’s world. She was, for a time, the most famous handicapped person in the world. She was handicapped but this problem never made her look down in her life and cry for her disabilities.

Instead she got up and fought against her physical challenges and this self determination, confidence, self- determination has earned her a name in world’s most respectable people.

When she was 19 months old, a severe fever gripped her. The fever was uncontrollable and left Keller blind and deaf and barely able to communicate. At the age of six years, Keller met Anne Sullivan (later Anne Sullivan Macy), the tutor who taught Keller the alphabet and thereby opened up the world to her. From that day Keller forgot her physical challenges and sta rted studying.

Earlier she faced many difficulties but then she became an excellent student and eventually attended Radcliffe College, where she graduated with honours in 1904. Keller used to read, write like any other normal person. While in college she penned down her life and the book was named The Story of My Life which was released in 1902.

This book made her famous not only in her nation but people across the world came to know about this brave hearted lady. Her other works include The World I Live In (1908), Out of the Dark (1913), and 1938's Helen Keller's Journal.

In later life Keller became an activist and lecturer, sometimes in support of the blind and deaf, and sometimes for causes including Socialism and women's rights. She also founded and promoted the American Foundation for the Blind. During her lifetime Keller was regarded as one of America's most inspirational figures.

Keller's story was told in a 1957 television play, The Miracle Worker, which later became a Broadway play (1959) and then a 1962 film starring Anne Bancroft as Sullivan and Patty Duke as Keller; both Bancroft and Duke won Academy Awards for their work... Keller's image appears on the quarter-dollar coin honouring Alabama, first released in 2003. According to the U.S. Mint, the coin is the first U.S. coin to feature Braille.

By FW Editor


Tags: lecturer, writer, 1880



Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 09 April '10


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