While Harvey Keitel has spoken to large audiences from both the stage and the screen, as a child he often had trouble expressing himself due to his stutter.“As a kid I was told to shush,” he says. “And as a result it’s taken me a lifetime to be able to speak.”
As a child, Peggy Lipton’s introversion was only worsened by her severe stutter. The actress notes she often had trouble saying her own name. It wasn’t until she embarked on her acting career that she was able to find a safe haven from her speech impediment.
While Nicole Kidman has appeared in dozens of films, grossing more than $4 billion worldwide, she describes herself as being exceptionally shy, a circumstance that was only worsened by her childhood stutter.
Is it stuttering, or something else? That’s a question I am often asked as the fluency consultant in my school district. More and more, my colleagues and I are seeing students with language problems who also exhibit disfluent speech.