Wednesday, March 26, 2008


A long-forgotten photograph of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan has surfaced. Although there are many pictures of the advocate for the deaf and blind (since she lived into her eighties, dying in 1968), this 120 year old photo is rare because it shows the eight-year-old with not only Sullivan but perhaps with the doll for which she asked for with her first spoken word.

The picture was taken on Cape Cod back in 1888.

The story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan has been told several times in Toobworld, and in several different countries.

Here's a list of actresses who played Helen Keller:

Rhondee Beriault (Helen Keller)
. . . Sound and the Silence, The (1992) (TV)

Cinzia De Carolis (Helen Keller)
. . . "Anna dei miracoli" (1968) (mini) TV Series

Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Helen Keller)
. . . Miracle Worker, The (2000) (TV)

Nuria Gallardo (Helen Keller)
. . . "Estudio 1" (1965) {El milagro de Ana Sullivan} TV Series

Melissa Gilbert (I) (Helen Keller)
. . . Miracle Worker, The (1979) (TV)

Moira Kelly (I) (Helen Keller)
. . . Monday After the Miracle (1998) (TV)

Patty McCormack (Helen Keller)
. . . "Playhouse 90" (1956) {The Miracle Worker (#1.19)} TV Series

Emily Nash (Helen Keller)
. . . "Mentors" (1998) {Breakthrough (#4.6)} TV Series

Edna Ross (Young Helen Keller)
. . . "Biography" (1961) {Helen Keller} TV Series

Mare Winningham (Helen Keller)
. . . Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984) (TV)

At least to my eye (the right... the left is off wandering), this Trueniverse picture of Helen Keller shows that the casting of Hallie Kate Eisenberg in the role was spot on.

Toby OB

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