The Winter 2012 edition of The Stuttering Foundation newsletter highlighted a handful of celebrities who have lived their lives with a stutter. According to the foundation’s website more than 68 million people stutter world wide, and there are four times as many males than females that stutter. This figure includes actors and actresses, politicians, writers, athletes and many more celebrities that were not hindered by their stuttering and were still able to find success and the lime light.
One famous stutterer was Marilyn Monroe. The blonde beauty said she was taught by speech coaches to use a breathy-airy voice, as well as exaggerated mouth movements to control her stuttering.
Other celebrities who stutter include actor Samuel L. Jackson, musician Carly Simon, actress Nicole Kidman, golfer Tiger Woods, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, NFL running back Adrian Peterson, head coach of the Seattle Sounders Sigi Schmid, and many others. All of these iconic people were able to overcome the obstacle of stuttering to be able to pursue their dreams, and many of them act as spokespeople for stuttering associations.
The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well support for research that explores the causes of stuttering. The website also suggests if you are concerned about a loved one’s stuttering to contact a speech language pathologist who can help. Please contact one of our office locations to set up an appointment or visit our website to find out more information.