Positive Film Portrayal of Stuttering In your recent article on portrayals of stuttering in the media (The ASHA Leader, Feb. 15, 2010), I was surprised to note the glaring omission of the BBC production of “I, Claudius.” The distinguished British actor Sir Derek Jacobi’s role as the Roman emperor who stuttered was amazing and unforgettable. ... Inbox
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Positive Film Portrayal of Stuttering
The ASHA Leader, April 2011, Vol. 16, 45. doi:10.1044/leader.IN7.16042011.45
The ASHA Leader, April 2011, Vol. 16, 45. doi:10.1044/leader.IN7.16042011.45
In your recent article on portrayals of stuttering in the media (The ASHA Leader, Feb. 15, 2010), I was surprised to note the glaring omission of the BBC production of “I, Claudius.” The distinguished British actor Sir Derek Jacobi’s role as the Roman emperor who stuttered was amazing and unforgettable. Jacobi’s appearance in “The King’s Speech” was a lovely touch in recognition of that role. It is also worth noting that Michael Palin, famous for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” did appear in “A Fish Called Wanda,” which is cited as a negative portrayal [of stuttering]. Palin’s father was a severe “stammerer,” and Palin has helped to found the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in England. Perhaps that was not such a negative portrayal after all.
Victoria Morrison Johnstown, New York
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