When you hear about famous people who stutter, you often hear stories about the struggles they faced as a young child, before they outgrew or overcame their stuttering. Annie Glenn has a different story to tell. The wife of John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth, Annie Glenn lived a very public life with a severe stutter for more than 50 years.
Now a seasoned singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran first burst onto the music scene with his hit single, The A Team, in 2011. Sheeran hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart before even signing with a record label. Since then, songs like Give Me Love and Thinking Out Loud have kept Sheeran at the top of the charts. He is also widely recognized for collaborating with big artists such as One Direction and Taylor Swift.
John Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art and literary critic best known for his series of “Rabbit” novels – Rabbit, Run; Rabbit: Redux; Rabbit is Rich; and Rabbit at Rest. On paper, Updike’s prose was always carefully crafted, each sentence saying exactly what Updike wanted it to.
John Lee Hooker, born in 1915, found refuge in music at an early age as he struggled with stuttering from childhood. In the biography Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century, author Charles Shaar Murray states, “Hooker sounds as if he has $100,000 worth of sophisticated digital goodies built in his chest and his throat.
Unknown to the general public at the time of his death, Alan Turing is remembered today as a pioneer in the field of computer science, and the mastermind responsible for breaking Nazi code during the Second World War. Most biographies of Turing also note that he struggled with stuttering. However, Turing never let his struggle to speak clearly hinder his intellectual achievements.