Famous Deaf People

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When Nyle DiMarco said ‘I think the biggest misconception is that people think deaf people are not able to do things’, she couldn’t have been more correct in her observation. Did you know that some of the greatest men/women on earth whom we know or revere today were actually partially or completely deaf in their lifetime? They had the courage to rise above their limitation and become iconic figures that the world would take pride in. If you have a nick of doubt about it, read this. American history would have been miser had there been no Thomas Alva Edison or Helen Keller in it! The most celebrated American inventor and businessman who is best known for inventing the first practical electric light bulb and phonograph, Edison was actually deaf from his childhood. Helen Keller was not just deaf but blind too. But she highly determined that she was, she went on to become the first deaf-blind person to gain a Bachelor degree in Arts. German music wouldn’t have had its share of greatness without the eminent pianist and classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven. But did you know that Beethoven suffered from hearing impairment? And these are just a handful of the many more legendary figures from history who were actually deaf. Check out the list of famous deaf people who made it big in life.
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Leslie Nielsen
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Films: ‘Forbidden Planet’, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ and ‘Airplane!’)
Leslie Nielsen
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Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Regina, Canada
Died: November 28, 2010
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Marlee Matlin
(The First Deaf Performer to Win an Academy Award and the Youngest Winner in the 'Best Actress' Category)
Marlee Matlin
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Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morton Grove, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Sean Berdy
(Actor)
Sean Berdy
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Birthdate: June 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lauren Ridloff
(Known for her roles in the TV series The Walking Dead and the film Eternals.)
Lauren Ridloff
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Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Matt Hamill
(Light heavyweight mixed martial artist who won silver in Greco-Roman Wrestling and a gold at the 2001 Summer Deaflympics)
Matt Hamill
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Loveland
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Maarten Stekelenburg
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Maarten Stekelenburg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Tigran Petrosian
(Chess player, Writer)
Tigran Petrosian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1984
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Ayumi Hamasaki
(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)
Ayumi Hamasaki
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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David Wright
(Baseball player)
David Wright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Evelyn Glennie
(Composer, Percussionist)
Evelyn Glennie
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aberdeen
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Tamika Catchings
(Basketball player)
Tamika Catchings
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Listed In: Athletes
Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lage Vuursche, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Virginia Satir
(American author)
Virginia Satir
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Died: September 10, 1988
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Laura Bridgman
(Educator)
Laura Bridgman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, New Hampshire,United States
Died: May 24, 1889
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Aryana Engineer
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Birthdate: March 6, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Moody, Canada
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
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Shelley Beattie
(Bodybuilder)
Shelley Beattie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States
Died: February 16, 2008
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Stephanie Nogueras
(Known for her roles in the television series Switched at Birth[2] and Grimm, and the 2018 film Unfriended: Dark Web.)
Stephanie Nogueras
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Birthdate: November 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Joachim du Bellay
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1522
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liré, Orée-d'Anjou, France
Died: January 1, 1560
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Giovanni Baglione
(Italian Painter and Art Historian)
Giovanni Baglione
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Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 30, 1643
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Kathleen Ollerenshaw
(Mathematician)
Kathleen Ollerenshaw
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England
Died: August 10, 2014
 21 
Lance Allred
(Basketball player, Writer)
Lance Allred
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pinesdale, Montana, United States
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 5, 1809
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 27, 1889
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Slava Raškaj
(Painter)
Slava Raškaj
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Birthdate: January 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ozalj
Died: March 29, 1906
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Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
(Rhodesian Physician and Politician)
Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bexley, England
Died: May 8, 1971
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Arthur Hinsley
(Archbishop)
Arthur Hinsley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Carlton, England
Died: March 17, 1943
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Charles Joseph Kickham
(Revolutionary)
Charles Joseph Kickham
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mullinahone, Ireland
Died: August 22, 1882
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Vanessa Lima Vidal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Anders Gustav Ekeberg
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Birthdate: January 16, 1767
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 11, 1813
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Elena Yakovishina
(Alpine skier)
Elena Yakovishina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Petrona Viera
(Painter)
Petrona Viera
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Birthdate: March 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: October 4, 1960
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Jack Clemo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Austell, England
Died: July 25, 1994
Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Andrea Ferrell
(Actor)
Andrea Ferrell
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Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Sonu Anand Sharma
(Retired Indian Deaf Badminton Player and a Deaflympics Gold Medal Winner)
Sonu Anand Sharma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Ivan Karlovich Arnold
(Artist)
Ivan Karlovich Arnold
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1805 AD
Birthplace: Russia
Died: 1891 AD