We’ve covered the top 10 female and top 10 male disabled celebrities, many of which are based in the UK. So we thought it was about time we celebrated those disabled celebs from across the world.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and experimenting with new styles.
A few months ago, Lady Gaga revealed that she has fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that can cause pain all over the body. “I wish to help raise awareness and connect people who have it. We can all share what helps/hurts,” she tweeted.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue (extreme tiredness) and muscle stiffness. Although there’s currently no cure, there are treatments to help relieve some of the symptoms.
Tenor, musician, writer and music producer of Italian origin, Andrea Boccelli has sold more than 75 million records. He also studied law.
He was born with congenital glaucoma, which left him partially blind. But that did not prevent him from taking piano lessons until the age of 6. However, at the age 12, he suffered a blow during a football game that left him completely blind.
Boccelli has received numerous awards of international prestige and even has a beach named after him on the Adriatic.
American actress Marlee became deaf at just 18 months after losing all hearing in her right ear and 80% in her left. She believes this was down to a genetically malformed cochlea.
She first acted at the age of 7 and has since been in a whole host of films and high-profile TV shows, including Desperate Housewives, The L-Word, ER and The West Wing.
In the majority of her roles, Marlee has played a deaf character. But in the TV drama ‘Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story’, she played the main character, a hearing woman, for which she was nominated best actress.
She’s also written novels and competed in the sixth series of Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly.
Marlee won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Children of a Lesser God’. To date, she is the only deaf performer to have won the award.
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