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Film About Special Olympics Founder Anne Burke in the Works

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The story of the woman who launched the first Special Olympic Games is being made into a movie. “Special” will center on Anne Burke, who was just 24 when she created the inclusive competition in 1968. ShivHans Pictures and production company In Cahoots are joining forces on the project. Deadline broke the news.

“It’s a female underdog story about defying the odds to create an event that brought thousands of disabled children out of the shadows,” the source summarizes, “an event that would grow into a worldwide phenomenon championed by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.”

In CahootsKen Kwapis (“Big Miracle”) will direct “Special” and Matthew Scott Weiner will write the screenplay based on his original pitch. Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson of ShivHans Pictures will produce, as will In CahootsAlexandra Beattie.

Burke, who is dyslexic, had dropped out of college and was working as a physical education teacher at West Pullman Park in Chicago before she created the Games. At a time when anti-war and civil rights protests were dominating the news, “the rights of the disabled were low on the priority list of progress,” Deadline writes. As she established the Games, Burke encountered resistance from reluctant parents of individuals with special needs as well as the prejudiced head of the Olympics commission.

After the inaugural Special Olympic Games, Burke went back to school and eventually earned a law degree. She is now an Illinois Supreme Court Justice.

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The Details of JFK's "Affair" With Marilyn Monroe Are Way More Chill Than We've Been Told

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The Details of JFK's
Image Source: Getty / Baron Marilyn Monroe was one of the most glamorous and sought-after stars of her time. John F. Kennedy was, well, the president of the United States. After Marilyn performed a steamy rendition of "Happy Birthday" at the commander-in-chief's 45th birthday party in May 1962, rumors of an affair were propelled - and those rumors have persisted throughout history, even though details of an ongoing relationship between the two are actually pretty scarce. RelatedMarilyn Monroe Was Linked to Lots of Men, but These Are the Lucky Few Who Won Her Heart The first time Marilyn and JFK were confirmed to have been at the same place at the same time was at the April in Paris Ball on April 11, 1957, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC; Marilyn was there with her then-husband, playwright Arthur Miller, while John attended with his wife, Jackie, and his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Both of
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Michelle Obama Shares Moving Tribute to Her Mom on Her Birthday: ‘You Are My Rock’

Michelle Obama Shares Moving Tribute to Her Mom on Her Birthday: ‘You Are My Rock’
Michelle Obama paid tribute to her mother Marian Robinson in honor of her 80th birthday.

The proud daughter shared a beautiful childhood throwback photo of her with her mother on Instagram late Saturday.

In the caption for the closeup photo, Obama praised her mother, saying that she is her “rock.”

“Happy Birthday Mom! Your unconditional love has made me who I am today. You are my rock. My ❤️,” the former first lady wrote. “I’ll always be your Miche. I love you.”

The former first mother-in-law has also been vocal about her admiration for her daughter, complimenting her daughter’s “grace” as a first lady.
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Michelle Obama Posthumously Honors Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Espy Awards

Michelle Obama Posthumously Honors Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Espy Awards
Michelle Obama honored late Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Wednesday at the 2017 Espy Awards in Los Angeles.

The former first lady, who was welcomed on stage with a standing ovation, presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Shriver’s son, Timothy Shriver, who now chairs the Special Olympics.

I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman, a woman who believed that everyone has something to contribute and everyone deserves a chance. When we give others the chance to fulfill their greatest potential, we all win,” Mrs. Obama said before being joined by Special Olympians. “Through her passionate service,
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Espy Awards: Michelle Obama Honors Late Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Former first lady Michelle Obama posthumously honored Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, at the 25th annual Espy awards Wednesday night. Shriver died in 2009.

Obama presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Kennedy's son, Timothy Shriver, who chairs the Special Olympics. The organization helps to empower those with intellectual disabilities through sports.

"I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman," said Obama, who received a standing ovation from the audience as she walked onstage. She called Shriver a woman who believed "everyone deserves a chance to push themselves and find out what they're made of."

Obama...
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Michelle Obama to Give Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Eunice Kennedy Shriver at 25th Espys

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Michelle Obama to Give Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Eunice Kennedy Shriver at 25th Espys
Michelle Obama will be presenting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver at The 25th Espys this year, Espn announced on Monday. Timothy Shriver who is the Chairman of Special Olympics will accept the award on his mother’s behalf. The show will be broadcast live on ABC on Wednesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. Et. “Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a passionate champion for those with developmental challenges, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential,” said Mrs. Obama. “Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all.
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Espy Awards: Michelle Obama to Honor the Late Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Espn has chosen Michelle Obama to help posthumously honor Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

The former first lady is presenting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Shriver's son, Timothy Shriver, during ABC's broadcast of the Espy awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Timothy Shriver chairs the Special Olympics, a sporting event his mother founded in the late 1960s to help empower people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Shriver is being honored "for her dedication to using the power of sports to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become acknowledged and celebrated members of society."

Obama said in a...
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver to Be Honored With Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

Eunice Kennedy Shriver to Be Honored With Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs
Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver is set to be posthumously honored at the 25th ESPYs awards next month, Espn announced on Tuesday. Timothy Shriver, one of her five children and Chairman of Special Olympics, will accept the award on her behalf at the awards show hosted by Peyton Manning from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Shriver, who was the sister of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, first launched the organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 1968. Also Read: Peyton Manning to Host 25th Annual Espys It now provides year-round training and.
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ESPYs: Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Be Posthumously Awarded to Eunice Kennedy Shriver

The ESPYs will posthumously award this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, it was announced Tuesday.

A renowned advocate for children’s health and disability issues, Shriver created the Special Olympics as a global movement to empower disabled individuals. Throughout her life, Shriver worked diligently to ensure that the rights of those with intellectual disabilities are acknowledged and accepted. She died in 2009 at the age of 88.

Of selecting Shriver to receive this award, Espy's executive producer Maura Mandt said, “The effort that Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her family have been displaying for these past...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Internet Troll Who Insulted the Special Olympics

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Internet Troll Who Insulted the Special Olympics
Arnold Schwarzenegger completely put a troll in his place with one Facebook comment.

In a social media video shared on Thursday, the star celebrated the athletes of the Special Olympics at the 2017 World Winter Games in his native country of Austria. “These guys inspire me!” Schwarzenegger, 69, captioned his clip captured on Snapchat.

"You all are truly the greatest athletes in the world!" –@Schwarzenegger pic.twitter.com/21JWeI1dKk

Special Olympics (@SpecialOlympics) March 24, 2017

While most comments were positive and encouraging, one remark caught the former New Celebrity Apprentice host’s eye that required his response.

“I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Responds to 'R-Word' Comment Over Special Olympics

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[[tmz:video id="0_7wr1ohbg"]] Arnold Schwarzenegger just schooled an Internet troll for mocking the Special Olympics, calling the participants the r-word. A random guy posted this ... "The Special Olympics make no sense. The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is the best. Having r****** competing is doing the opposite!" The guy was responding to a video Arnold posted touting the athletes. Arnold responded to the troll this way ... "it's a teachable moment.
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Christopher Kennedy, Rfk’s Son, Is Running for Governor of Illinois

Christopher Kennedy, Rfk’s Son, Is Running for Governor of Illinois
Christopher Kennedy, the eighth child of the late Robert F. Kennedy, is expected to announce today his candidacy for governor of Illinois, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Kennedy, a decades-long Illinois resident, has flirted with running for the top seat in Illinois for months, as he’s hired political consultants and pollsters for the run, according to Politico. In years past, he’s considered runs for both the senate and governor, but ultimately decided not to run, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In 2009, he said he decided against running because he felt he could do more at home in Illinois than
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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

Take a look at the roots of American campaign image consciousness, and the then-new techniques of cinéma vérité to bring a new 'reality' for film documentaries. Four groundbreaking films cover the Kennedy-Humphrey presidential primary, and put us in the Oval Office for a showdown against Alabama governor George Wallace. The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates Blu-ray Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, Faces of November The Criterion Collection 808 1960 -1964 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 53, 52, 53, 12 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 39.95 Starring John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, McGeorge Bundy, John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Goodwin, Albert Gore Sr., Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Pierre Salinger, Haile Selassie, John Steinbeck, George Wallace, Vivian Malone, Burke Marshall, Nicholas Katzenbach, John Dore, Jack Greenberg; Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy Jr., Caroline Kennedy, Peter Lawford. Cinematography Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker,
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Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes Step Out to Support the Special Olympics

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Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes Step Out to Support the Special Olympics
It was all glamour and glitz at the usually sweaty Equinox Sports Lounge and Club in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon when some of Hollywood's biggest stars showed up to support the 2015 Special Olympics at the annual Gold Meets Golden event. This year's bash was hosted by Nicole Kidman and stars like Katie Holmes, Gina Rodriguez, Matt Bomer dropped by the event to raise funds for athletes participating in the Special Olympics Games this summer (which will take place in Los Angeles). Though Holmes, 36, and Kidman, 47, were not present on the red carpet at the same time, they both individually
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Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes Step Out to Support the Special Olympics

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Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes Step Out to Support the Special Olympics
It was all glamour and glitz at the usually sweaty Equinox Sports Lounge and Club in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon when some of Hollywood's biggest stars showed up to support the 2015 Special Olympics at the annual Gold Meets Golden event. This year's bash was hosted by Nicole Kidman and stars like Katie Holmes, Gina Rodriguez, Matt Bomer dropped by the event to raise funds for athletes participating in the Special Olympics Games this summer (which will take place in Los Angeles). Though Holmes, 36, and Kidman, 47, were not present on the red carpet at the same time, they both individually
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Miley Cyrus Dating Patrick Schwarzenegger: What Rory Kennedy Thinks

Miley Cyrus Dating Patrick Schwarzenegger: What Rory Kennedy Thinks
Winning one family member over at a time. Rory Kennedy commented to Us Weekly at the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award on Tuesday, Dec. 16, about Patrick Schwarzenegger dating Miley Cyrus. "I'm happy for them," Kennedy, 46, said of Maria Shriver's son and the pop artist. (Rory, daughter of the late Bobby Kennedy, and Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, are first cousins.)  She had no further comment about whether or not she thought Cyrus is too wild for the University of Southern California student. Us Weekly broke [...]
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The Truth About the Forgotten Kennedy

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The Truth About the Forgotten Kennedy
There was one Kennedy that the world never got to know: Rosemary, the third of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose's nine children. Born in 1918, she was mentally impaired and never truly fit in with her family. "The shame of her disability was our family secret," says her nephew Timothy Shriver, 55, who includes her story in his new book, Fully Alive. Related: JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette: Their Love Story"She grew up in a time where there was enormous shame surrounding children with special needs," Shriver, the son of Rosemary's sister, Eunice Shriver, tells People. "People didn’t want to admit it.
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The Truth About the Forgotten Kennedy

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The Truth About the Forgotten Kennedy
There was one Kennedy that the world never got to know: Rosemary, the third of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose's nine children. Born in 1918, she was mentally impaired and never truly fit in with her family. "The shame of her disability was our family secret," says her nephew Timothy Shriver, 55, who includes her story in his new book, Fully Alive. Related: JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette: Their Love Story"She grew up in a time where there was enormous shame surrounding children with special needs," Shriver, the son of Rosemary's sister, Eunice Shriver, tells People. "People didn’t want to admit it.
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Maria Shriver on Why She's Teaming Up With Espn's '30 for 30' to Tell Her Mother's Story

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Maria Shriver on Why She's Teaming Up With Espn's '30 for 30' to Tell Her Mother's Story
One day after announcing that she will executive produce an Espn “30 for 30” film, Maria Shriver revealed why she's partnering with the sports documentary series. Speaking at the 5th annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit on Friday, the journalist and philanthropist will tell the story of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics. Los Angeles will host the Special Olympics next July, airing on Espn. “The '30 for 30' idea came from the realization that my boys don't watch anything but Espn,” Shriver said Friday. “When I was watching (Espn film) ‘The Book of Manning,’ I...
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Katy Perry Is One of President Obama's 'Favorite People'

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Katy Perry Is One of President Obama's 'Favorite People'
Katy Perry's fans are definitely vocal about their love for the singer, and President Barack Obama might just be a card-carrying member of the KatyKats! Perry, 29, performed at the White House on Thursday as part of a reception for the Special Olympics, and the president gave her a very warm introduction. "We have just one of my favorite people performing tonight - Katy Perry. We are so grateful to her," Obama said just before the singer, who's in the middle of her Prismatic tour, took the stage to perform songs including "Roar." But the presidential praise didn't stop there.
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