Famous Stars with Dyslexia!

by horne_jeffrey | created - 20 Nov 2014 | updated - 19 Oct 2015 | Public

15 to 20 percent of the general population suffer from a reading condition known as dyslexia. Dyslexia is a reading learning disability where people usually read words, letters, and sentences backward, which can drastically affect their comprehension. This condition is labeled as the most common learning disorder and most recognized reading disorder. Dyslexics tend to struggle with auditory short term memory, phonological awareness, phonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic coding, language skills/verbal comprehension, and rapid naming. Dyslexics tend to learn to read instead of reading to learn. To elaborate, learning to read is dyslexics asking other people the definition of a unfamiliar word or constantly sounding out difficult words, which can distract them from finding the point of the story. Reading to learn can be dyslexics who having the coping mechanisms to understand and enjoy what they are reading. In some cases, dyslexics may read entire book or essay without discovering the author's thesis. Helpfully, individuals can receive help by receiving extra time and attention in the classrooms. For example, most common class accommodations includes giving students time in a half to finish their exams. If the exam is 90 minutes long, dyslexic students may receive 2 hours and 15 minutes since half of 90 is 45, which will be added to the 90 minutes. Other types of coping tools are using pen to highlight, put a star, or circle main ideas. Interestingly, people with dyslexic tend to have average and above average intelligence, which means they have the ability to do the work.

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Actor | Top Gun

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2. Whoopi Goldberg

Actress | Ghost

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3. Jay Leno

Producer | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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4. Henry Winkler

Actor | The Waterboy

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5. Orlando Bloom

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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6. Lara Flynn Boyle

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7. Patrick Dempsey

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Actress | Moonstruck

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9. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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10. Caitlyn Jenner

Actress | Can't Stop the Music

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11. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

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12. Anderson Cooper

Actor | Chappie

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13. Steven Spielberg

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15. Tommy Hilfiger

Actor | Zoolander 2

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16. Jamie Oliver

Self | The Naked Chef

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17. Magic Johnson

Producer | Obsessed

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18. Charles Schwab

Soundtrack | Jimmy's Hall

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19. Alyssa Milano

Actress | Commando

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20. Liv Tyler

Actress | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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21. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

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22. Danny Glover

Actor | Lethal Weapon

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23. Erin Brockovich-Ellis

Actress | Erin Brockovich

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24. Albert Einstein

Self | Champagne for Caesar

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I told people dyslexics have the potential to become geniuses and great thinkers.

25. Michael Dudikoff

Actor | Platoon Leader

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26. Leonardo Da Vinci

Writer | The Year of Living Locked Up

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27. Galileo Galiei

Composer | Kanseitou

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28. Susan Hampshire

Actress | The Forsyte Saga

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29. Steve Jobs

Producer | Toy Story

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30. Dean Kamen

Actor | Black-ish

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31. Keanu Reeves

Actor | The Matrix

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32. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

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33. Ozzy Osbourne

Soundtrack | Little Nicky

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34. Dallas Page

Actor | The Devil's Rejects

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35. Rex Ryan

Actor | Sweet Jane

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NFL football coach of the New York Jets.

36. Lindsay Wagner

Actress | The Bionic Woman

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37. Holly Willoughby

Actress | Agatha Christie's Marple

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38. Jim Carrey

Actor | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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JC is said to have dyslexia as a child while living with ADHD all his life.

39. Jennifer Aniston

Actress | Friends

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40. Suzanne Somers

Actress | Three's Company

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41. Vince Vaughn

Producer | The Break-Up

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42. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

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43. Babe Ruth

Actor | Speedy

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44. Bill Gates

Actor | Frasier

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45. Pablo Picasso

Art_department | Something's Gotta Give

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46. George Washington

Writer | In the Words of the Framers: The Creation of the Constitution

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47. Thomas Jefferson

Actor | Tarzan of the Apes

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48. John F. Kennedy

Writer | Profiles in Courage

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49. George W. Bush

Camera_department | Journeys with George

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50. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

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51. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

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52. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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53. Mark Anthony

Make_up_department | Minority Report

54. Vince McMahon

Producer | WWE Monday Night RAW

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55. Joe Montana

Actor | Asylum

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56. Jewel Kilcher

Soundtrack | Ride with the Devil

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57. Channing Tatum

Actor | White House Down

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58. Harrison Ford

Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark

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59. Richard Branson

Actor | Superman Returns

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60. Lucille Ball

Actress | I Love Lucy

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61. Billy Bob Thornton

Actor | Sling Blade

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Inducted into the Dyslexia Hall of Fame in Washington DC.

62. Kaya Scodelario

Actress | Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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