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Helen Keller


Well-known American woman who, though deaf and blind, became a women’s suffragist and leftist politics activist. She released twelve books and several articles during the period of her lifestyle. She contracted an illness when she was nineteen a few months old (most likely scarlet fever or meningitis) that still left her blind and deaf. As a kid, she created a repertoire of physical signals which she utilized to talk to her parents and with the youthful daughter from the Keller family’s make. Her lifestyle and her youth education with radical instructor, Anne Sullivan, had been immortalized within the Miracle Employee, a Broadway play (and afterwards, Oscar-winning film) predicated on Keller’s autobiography, THE STORYPLOT of MY ENTIRE LIFE. Sullivan trained her sign vocabulary by using a drinking water pump. She was created in Tuscumbia, Alabama to Kate Adams and paper editor and Confederate Military Captain, Arthur H. Keller. Helen Keller’s paternal grandmother was the next cousin of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. She became friends using the American writer, Tag Twain, who helped her end up being the initial deaf-blind person to get a Bachelor’s level.

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Full Name Helen Keller
Date Of Birth June 27, 1880
Died June 1, 1968, Easton, Connecticut, United States
Place Of Birth Tuscumbia, AL
Profession Activist
Education Radcliffe College, The Cambridge School of Weston, Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Perkins School for the Blind
Nationality American
Parents Kate Adams Keller, Arthur H. Keller
Siblings Mildred Keller, William Simpson Keller, James Keller, Phillips Keller
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom
Movies The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller in Her Story
Star Sign Cancer

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1She was stranded in Cleveland, Ohio in the infamous "White Hurricane Storm," in November 1913 while she was completed a public speaking engagement.
2In 1937, she brought the first Akita (a breed of dog found only in Japan) to the United States. It was a gift from a speaking tour.
3When she was 36 Helen fell in love with Peter Fagan, a 29-year-old Socialist and newspaperman who was her temporary secretary. The couple took out a marriage license, intending a secret wedding. But a Boston reporter found out about the license, and his witless article on the romance horrified Helen's stern mother, who ordered Mr. Fagan out of the house and broke up the love affair. Helen never had any contact with Peter ever again.
4Her portrayal by Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker (1962) won Duke the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at age 16, a record that remained unbroken until Tatum O'Neal, at age 10, won in the same category for Paper Moon (1973).
5Founding Member of the ACLU.
6When she arrived in Hollywood in the mid 1910s, she befriended 'Charles Chaplin', whom was very friendly with her and was her favorite movie star. Photographs were taken with the two and are in print today.
7The most common question she was asked during public appearances was, "Do you close your eyes when you sleep?" Her standard reply was, "I don't know. I've never stayed awake long enough to find out!"
8The Helen Keller Society (American Foundation for the Blind) was, sadly, located in one of the Twin Towers.
9The blind children of Japan always called Helen Keller "Mother", as a sign of respect.
10Wrote her first autobiographical book, The Story of My Life, while still in college.
11Founded The John Milton Society for the Blind in 1928 to develop an inter-denominational ministry to bring spiritual guidance and religious literature to deaf and blind persons.
12Charter member of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.
13Contracted scarlet fever which led to her total visual and hearing impairment at a very young age.
14Pictured with Anne Sullivan on a 15¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in their honor, 27 June 1980.
15Blind and deaf student of teacher Anne Sullivan.
16Learned German, Latin, Greek, and French before she graduated from Radcliffe College.
17Was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University
18Was awarded the French Legion of Honor and the Congressional Medal of Freedom
19She helped promote the use of Braille among blind people.
20Performed in vaudeville with Anne Sullivan.
21She became a socialist while in her early 20s.
22Befriended 10 U.S. presidents
23Had her eyes replaced with glass eyes when she was 30
24Graduated from Radcliffe College in 1904, becoming the first deaf/blind person ever to attend an institute of higher learning, and the first deaf/blind person ever to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.



Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV Series book "The Story of My Life" - 1 episode
The Miracle Worker1962book "The Story of My Life" - uncredited






Biography1963TV Series documentaryHerself
The Unconquered1954DocumentaryHerself

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American Experience2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Muscle Shoals2013DocumentaryHerself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHerself

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1I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight. Silence would teach him the joys of sound.
2I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of it's heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
3On the "White Hurricane Storm" in November 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio: I knew it was storming before I was told. The rooms, the corridors, everywhere within this building vibrates with the power of the storm outside. The storm waves, like sound waves or the waves of the wireless, will not be denied by stone walls and plate glass windows.
4On change: We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
5Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
6If I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
7They took away what should have been my eyes (but I remembered Milton's Paradise). They took away what should have been my ears, (Beethoven came and wiped away my tears) They took away what should have been my tongue, (but I had talked with god when I was young) He would not let them take away my soul, possessing that I still possess the whole.
8Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
9One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
10The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
11Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
12Life is a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.

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