Theoretically, stuttering is a disorder in which a person’s speech is affected by involuntary prolongation and repetitions of sounds, syllables, words and spontaneous pausing between sentences. It is a condition in which an individual’s speech flow is hindered, resulting in the person giving up on with the message he intended to say. But successful are only those who embrace themselves, work hard on their demerits and emerge victorious. And to be honest, there are several celebrities and people out there who have done just that. As a roundup, here’s a list of celebrities and personalities, who are stutterers.
Monroe, the woman who could make men go crazy by here mere screen presence had been a stutterer in her life. One of the best looking women of the 1950’s and 60’s (even now), Monroe started her career as a model which later fetched her film contract in the 1940’s. Apart from being an actor and a symbol, she was a singer as well. Some of her successful films include The Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve, Bus Stop for which she won a Golden Globe nomination, The Seven Year Itch and others.
Fondly known as the King of Rock, Elvis Presley is a cultural icon and a hall of famer. His first single Heartbreak Hotel that was released in the year 1956 brought him into the limelight and gave birth to a new genre of music which is now called Rock and Roll. He has been nominated 14 times at the Grammy’s, out of which he has won three. At the age of 36, he received Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement award. To the people, he is always the King who played a key role in revolutionizing music.
United Kingdom’s one of the best known war leaders and Prime Minister was a historian, an efficient officer in the British Army, a writer, an artist as well. His confession on the disorder he had, and his efforts to completely overcome this condition were very much evident, as he went on from being a stutterer to one of the best orators ever. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and was also the first person in the history of United Kingdom to be regarded as the honorary citizen of the United States of America.
Sir Isaac Newton
The scientist, whose research on the science of gravity is considered to be one of the most influential discoveries of the world, was a victim of this disorder. He was a physicist, a mathematician and is considered to be one of the world’s most remarkable scientists. And after Sir Francis Bacon, Newton was the second scientist to have been knighted. He was knighted on April 1705.
Hailing from England, Rowan Atkinson is widely popular as Mr. Bean. His incorporation of the disorder in his shows proves that a person can indeed bring out something positive from his demerits and emerge successful. Apart from being a comedian, Rowan Atkinson is also a screenwriter. Included in the Observer’s top 50 British Comedy Artistes list, Atkinson’s successful ventures include the Mr. Bean TV series, Johnny English, Johnny English Reborn and Not the Nine O’clock News.
Samuel L. Jackson
His performance in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 blockbuster flick Pulp Fiction would never make it seem that Samuel Jackson was a victim of this disorder. His diction and dialogue delivery has been unparallel in Hollywood so far, and surprisingly he was subjected to stuttering. He has over 100 films under his credits out of which the most successful ventures include Kill Bill Volume 2, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, the Avengers and much more. Mentored by the veteran Morgan Freeman and Spike Lee, Samuel Jackson is truly a treasure to the Hollywood film industry.
One of the greatest action heroes Hollywood has ever produced, Bruce Willis unfortunately suffered from stammering. The reason behind his stammering is believed to be the divorce of his parents during his teens, whose trauma had led him end up with such disorder. Often criticized and teased as Buck-buck in school, he then rose from his fall, joined the Drama Club, arrived as an action hero and competed against the best known hunks like Arnold, Sylvester and the likes.