People with Disabilities


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss the portrayal of people with disabilities on television.

Highlights
Geri Jewell on being the first visible character with a disability on a television series on The Facts of Life
Garry Marshall on violinist Itzhak Perlman not being approved to guest on an Odd Couple episode because of his physical disability
Marian Rees on executive producing "Love Is Never Silent" for Hallmark Hall of Fame  and her struggle with the network to cast deaf actors in lead roles
William Schallert on starting the Committee for Performers with Disabilities
Nanette Fabray on her difficulty with her hearing, and on her participation in issues involving the deaf community
Ron Howard on the television movie Skyward and the casting of a disabled ingenue
Who talked about this topic

Walter Dishell

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Walter Dishell on the impact of the breast cancer episode of Medical Center

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her difficulty with her hearing, and on her participation in issues involving the deaf community
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Carol Burnett Show and doing sign language for the first time on television, and promoting sign language on television
Nanette Fabray on her guest appearance as stroke survivor on Maude in the episode "Maude's Reunion"

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on the television movie Skyward and the casting of an ingenue with a disability

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on dreaming of being a television actress when she was young, and how this dream related to her cerebral palsy
Geri Jewell on the first time she did stand-up comedy, and how she talked about cerebral palsy in her routine
Geri Jewell on being the first visible character with a disability on a television series on The Facts of Life
Geri Jewell on having to perform a dance number on the first The Facts of Life episode on which she appeared ("Cousin Geri")
Geri Jewell on the impact of her visibility as a person with a disability on The Facts of Life
Geri Jewell on her experience with "overnight fame" and the impact of her visibility as a person with a disability
Geri Jewell on the impact of her role on The Facts of Life and appearing on Norman Lear's special I Love Liberty
Geri Jewell on her feelings about actors without disabilities playing characters with disabilities
Geri Jewell on the difficulty she faced while filming a scene with Peter DeLuise on 21 Jump Street
Geri Jewell on filming the Deadwood episode "Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking" and how show creator/director David Milch coaxed a reaction from her
Geri Jewell on advice for aspiring actors

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on directing scenes on Switched at Birth in sign language

Judith Light

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Judith Light on starring in A Step Toward Tomorrow with Christopher Reeve

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on the TV movie Door to Door, which he co-wrote and starred in, and which was based on the true story of Bill Porter, a door-to-door salesman who had cerebral palsy

Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall on violinist Itzhak Perlman not being approved to guest on an Odd Couple episode because of his physical disability

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on memories working with guest star Linda Bove on Sesame Street and the far-reaching impact of an episode about hearing impairment

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on executive producing "Love Is Never Silent" for Hallmark Hall of Fame  and her struggle with the network to cast deaf actors in lead roles

William Schallert

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William Schallert on starting the Committee for Performers with Disabilities

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