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Actress (Star Wars)
Actor/Comedian (The Blues Brothers)
Singer (Jack and Diane)
Actress (The Facts of Life)
Actor (Happy Days)
Actress (The Mask)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Actress (Children of a Lesser God)
Actor (Around the World in 80 Days)
Motor Neurone Disease
Singer (See Emily Play)
Actress (Pretty Woman)
Actress (Rosemary's Baby)
Actor (Back to the Future)
Actor/Comedian (Stir Crazy)
Actor/Comedian (Nash Bridges)
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Mar 9th, 2011 at 04:23 GMT
Can I suggest "Quadrapeligia" instead of "Wheelchair bound"? It's a bit more accurate.
Mar 9th, 2011 at 04:41 GMT
@rockgolf: 'Wheelchair users' was the broad heading used by the link (Disabled World), but I am happy to follow your suggestion.
Mar 9th, 2011 at 04:54 GMT
I know you already have a person with the disability of blindness and it seems you are trying not to really repeat the disabilities, but I think you should add Ray Charles (blindness) to either this quiz or maybe a sequel. ;)
Mar 9th, 2011 at 05:39 GMT
It'd be nice to accept "Cheech" for Mr. Marin, since he's pretty familiarly known as that. Also, two N's in Minnelli (I failed to catch that mistake once when proofreading a puzzle, and I'll never, ever make it again).
Mar 9th, 2011 at 06:35 GMT
@gwukelic: You were correct, I am trying not to repeat disabilities. @Tahnan: Thanx for the comment, I'll also not make that mistake again.
Mar 11th, 2011 at 04:29 GMT
It's quadriplegia, not quadrapeligia. But I really liked this quiz! I had no idea about most of these.
Mar 11th, 2011 at 15:01 GMT
Thanx to commonloony for the correct spelling and to betraisefold for the editor's pick.
Mar 13th, 2011 at 00:15 GMT
When he released Jack and Diane, Mellencamp was known as John Cougar, so Cougar should be acceptable.
Game published: Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:35 GMT
Robin Williams famously suffers from Bipolar Disorder. He may have Asperger's in addition to that, i don't know.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 05:15 GMT
As a person who suffers from one of the disabilities on this list, I have a lot more respect for many of these performers now. Definitely an interesting, and enlightening, concept for a quiz.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 05:38 GMT
I like the quiz and I respect the people who have overcome disabilities. But in looking at the article from which the Robin Williams clue was taken, I think they are reaching waaaaaay too far for the diagnosis in other people mentioned. Abe Lincoln because he had a nervous breakdown? And Tom Hanks, because he was related to Lincoln? Use the link - it's actually a hoot to read. http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/article_2086.shtml
Mar 18th, 2011 at 05:39 GMT
Yeah, that article's bunk. Citation needed.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 06:29 GMT
people with Asperger's have a flat affect and trouble reading facial clues. there's no way Robin Williams could have made it into Julliard and become a successful actor like that.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 07:00 GMT
I find it totally unacceptable for Sporcle to publish a quiz labeling people with certain mental disabilities without even the slightest shred of evidence (as this quiz does with Robin Williams). Please remove all references that cannot be backed up by the celebritys' own words and republish.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 07:33 GMT
Is it wrong that I was hoping that Don Johnson had a cleft lip?
Mar 18th, 2011 at 08:24 GMT
@jjjoseph: I have removed Robin Williams from the list. I respect your opinion, but even more respect the contribution that the above entertainers have made. The aim of this quiz was to celebrate their success, not to offend. I apologize.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 09:17 GMT
I wouldn't really call asthma a disability, its a condition. I have it and I never tick the 'yes' box on forms asking if I have a disability. After all, there's nothing that is 'disabled', just the passages in the lungs tighten up.
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Mar 18th, 2011 at 10:30 GMT
Some of these I would classify as mental illness rather than disability. Also, John Mellencamp should be accepted.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 10:40 GMT
@delToro87: Personally, I find that tightening of the lungs rather disabling whenever I try to run, and even sometimes just when trying to live my daily life (when you go through a period of having a moderate-to-severe attack every morning, trust me, you feel somewhat disabled.) Do I check the "disabled" box? No... but that's because I tend to assume they mean "legally declared disabled by Social Security, etc.", or that they mean am I disabled with respect to the particular activity they're referring to. So I wouldn't say "yes" if I were being asked with respect to my ability to work an office job, because most of the time, I'm just as able as anyone else... but with respect to more strenuous activity simple honesty might dictate I let them know about the problem, because it would certainly affect my ability to do the task at hand.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 11:31 GMT
I don't understand the purpose of this quiz. Is it to celebrate and be inspired by celebrities who overcame disabilities? If so, then the choices of people whose careers were actually curtailed or halted by their respective illnesses (like Reeve, Fox, Pryor and Heston) are poor examples. For example, M.S. has several subtypes that vary by course and prognosis. Instead of Pryor, whose M.S. was devastating and developed toward the end of his career, a better example may be Montel Williams, whose M.S. has barely slowed him down. Similarly, Niven died within 3 years of his diagnosis of ALS. For an inspiring example of success despite ALS, one need look no further than physicist Stephen Hawking.
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Mar 18th, 2011 at 11:40 GMT
i would hate to work with dan akroyd " Hey Dan" "F*** YOU"
Mar 18th, 2011 at 12:49 GMT
This was very informative, but I'm sure a lot of those celebrities would object to the labels of "battles", or even "disability".
Mar 18th, 2011 at 13:22 GMT
When I think of the title of the quiz, I think of people who had these issues while their careers were ongoing. I don't think of events that ended their career (Reeve) or happened at the end of their life (Heston). Could a quiz like this without a great source be considered libel?
Mar 18th, 2011 at 13:23 GMT
Only 4.8% are Pink Floyd fans? Wait, what's that smell? Oh. It's me, getting a little bit older. Again.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 13:32 GMT
I don't consider myself overly sensitive, but I agree with many of the prior comments, especially the problem of mixing people who have "overcome" problems to reach their success versus problems that ended a career. Also, mixing physical and mental illness issues is problematic. I'm sure the author had good intentions, but I don't like this one very much.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 15:32 GMT
Stevie Wonder has been blind since birth. That is a true Champion of disability.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 15:49 GMT
Am I the only one who kept putting Cher in for The Mask?
Mar 18th, 2011 at 15:54 GMT
That's what Cheech Marin is known for? Nash Bridges? Really?
Mar 18th, 2011 at 17:21 GMT
Michael J Fox. Best actor ever and in my eyes, a role model for all people. So are the rest of the celebrities on this quiz.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 17:38 GMT
did not know, and wouldnt have guessed cameron diaz had ocd and julia roberts stutter, interesting btw, I dont think ashtma qualifies as a disability, specially in comparison to others
Mar 18th, 2011 at 17:50 GMT
Also, it is "Tourette Syndrome", not "Tourette's Syndrome." It's a common misconception. Otherwise, well done.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 17:52 GMT
Love to see Syd Barrett make the list, disappointed to see so many people miss him.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 18:20 GMT
Great idea for a quiz!
Mar 18th, 2011 at 18:24 GMT
While asthma wouldn't be a disability for most people, for a singer, I can see how it would be something to overcome.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 18:53 GMT
But wait, I thought Liza Minnelli had vertigo?
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Mar 18th, 2011 at 19:45 GMT
One could have added Michael Jackson and his vitiligo
Mar 18th, 2011 at 20:29 GMT
@Midmi Your comment is incredibly offensive. Not all people who have Tourette's Syndrome yell out swear words or profanities. Many have involuntary movements and spasms. Understand the disease before you make fun of it.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 23:50 GMT
Mia Farrow had polio..? missed that
Mar 19th, 2011 at 00:23 GMT
@Josh: Cheech Marin is best known for "Cheech & Chong", of course, but I suspect Flick felt that might be too much of a giveaway. "Nash Bridges", being a six-season major network TV show, is a good second choice.
Mar 19th, 2011 at 02:19 GMT
Wait, neurone? I'm 99% positive the word has no silent -e, and yet Wikipedia lists both spellings. Can anyone make the distinction, if there is one? I wouldn't even pronounce it the same way.
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