“Forgotten Hollywood” – US Capitol to Honor Helen Keller…

Posted on October 7, 2009 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History‘s second chapter is devoted to the enduring struggle to change how America perceives individuals with disabilities. Actor Lionel Barrymore was a pioneer, sitting in a wheelchair during many of his performances.

 Hellen Keller in 1920

Helen Keller in 1920


   Washington D.C. is finally showing their appreciation to those who rose to the occasion despite physical limitations. The U.S. Capitol unveiled a statue of Helen Keller today as part of their National Statuary Hall collection. Keller overcame the fact that she was deaf and blind to become a successful author and educator. A bronze depiction of this gifted advocate will be placed in The Capitol Visitor Center. 35 members of her family were in attendance. Alabama is footing the bill for the honor, since Keller was a native of the state.

   Patty Duke portrayed the amazing Keller in her Oscar winning role in The Miracle Worker in 1962. Helen Keller died in 1968 after a lifetime of accomplishments.

   I display several photos of Keller in my book.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

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