When you watched any of the Pirates of Caribbean movies, did you know Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley learned their lines in spite of battling dyslexia? Impressive, isn’t it? Yet, they are not alone. Many famous people, geniuses even, have suffered from this learning disability'”including Walt Disney and Albert Einstein.
According to the MSN Encarta dictionary online, dyslexia is the “impaired ability to understand written language: a learning disorder marked by a severe difficulty in recognizing and understanding written language, leading to spelling and writing problems. It is not caused by low intelligence or brain damage.” That would make it tough to learn lines, but these five performers have overcome their major obstacle and thrived.
1. Keira Knightley has been vocal about her dyslexia. She has stated she was diagnosed with it since she was six, and initially had a tough time learning lines. She worked hard to overcome it, and has obviously been successful at learning her lines.
2. Orlando Bloom, Knightley’s love match in Pirates of the Caribbean, used to hide his learning disability from his friends, he now speaks openly about it. He has admitted that he has struggled, but it hasn’t stopped him from striving for his dreams. He encourages parents who have children with dyslexia to teach their children that they can accomplish anything, just as his mother encouraged him.
3. Henry Winkler, probably best known for playing Fonzie on Happy Days, wrote a children’s book whose main character had dyslexia. He modeled the character after his childhood. He also became an advocate for dyslexia and speaks out about it at events.
4. Whoopi Goldberg has a Grammy, two Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Tony, an Oscar'”and dyslexia. Unfathomable, but she has conquered her disorder and triumphed against it. She was labeled as dumb, but has stated it was her mother who encouraged her in life.
5. Vince Vaughn not only has dyslexia, but also credits his success to having it. He has stated he had work harder because of it and his ADHD— without medication. That’s something you really have to admire.