On November 25, 2008, the man who wrote the play about Helen Keller called The Miracle Worker died. William Gibson's story of Helen Keller’s relationship with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, won the 1960 Tony Award for best play and is still regularly performed around the country in community theaters. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, played the stage roles of Sullivan and Keller, respectively. They went on to win Academy Awards when repeating the parts for the film version in 1962. Mr. Gibson was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay. Twenty years later, he wrote a sequel about Sullivan called The Monday After the Miracle but it flopped on Broadway. Gibson died at the age of 94 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College on September 24, 1904, 108 years ago today. Radcliffe was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a part of Harvard University.
A new book about Helen Keller imagines a romance in the life of the deaf-blind activist and author. Rosie Sultan's novel Helen Keller in Love starts in 1916 when Keller is in her 30s. She falls in love and becomes engaged.
A Chinese firm that makes sunglasses is now offering a brand named after Hellen Keller. The motto of Xiamen Jinzhi is “You see the world, the world sees you.” A video ad for the product says "Wear these Helen Keller sunglasses as you descend from a chartered plane, and paparazzi and attractive people will flock to you." Helen Keller never wore sunglasses.
On this date (March 17) in 2003, Alabama's official state quarter, featuring Helen Keller, went on sale at the US Mint. A ceremony marked the occasion one week later at Ivy Green Estate, the birthplace of Keller in Tuscumbia. The blind and deaf Alabamian opened many doors for the disabled. The quarter design features Keller's image with her name printed in English and a reduced version of Braille, along with
a "Spirit of Courage" banner.
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