Stuttering Gets the Royal Treatment on the Big Screen

By Stuttering Foundation, PRNE
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Stuttering Foundation Applauds The King's Speech for Raising Worldwide Awareness

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, January 13, 2011 - With the release of the critically acclaimed new film, The King's Speech,
starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, it is most timely to highlight the
plight of those who stutter and the resources that are available to them.
This incredibly complex disorder affects 68 million people worldwide. The
movie, which has received seven Golden Globe nominations, captivates
audiences with the anguish of King George VI's debilitating stutter and his
relationship with Lionel Logue, the Australian speech therapist retained to
help him cope with his disability.

"A tsunami called The King's Speech has turned our world upside down!"
said Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation. "This movie has
done in one fell swoop what we've been working on for 64 years. While the
film will be viewed as entertainment by the movie-going public, it will
particularly resonate for people who struggle with stuttering on a daily

In most films, a stuttering character is most often relegated to the role
of comic relief, and rarely fills the role of hero. Colin Firth's role as
King George VI, or "Bertie," is the wondrous exception.

"I am delighted that The King's Speech will introduce a new generation of
young people to the inspiring story of King George VI," said Ms. Fraser. "He
continues to be a powerful role model whose broadcasts of hope kept the
spirits of the British people alive during the dark days of World War II. He
even inspired my father, Malcolm Fraser, who founded The Stuttering
Foundation more than six decades ago."

Malcolm Fraser felt the same dread of speaking in public that the King
experienced in the 1940s. Fraser, a successful businessman, went on to
establish and endow the 64-year-old nonprofit Foundation in 1947. Today, The
Stuttering Foundation helps people by providing free online resources on its
Web site,, services and support to those who
stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes
of stuttering.

Today's research shows that stuttering does indeed have a biological
cause and can be treated effectively. There are speech-language therapists
worldwide who can help, and the Foundation provides a free list of

Please visit or call +1-800-992-9392.

Ms. Fraser is a very experienced spokesperson. Here are recent comments:

"Wanted to touch base and say how terrific you were on our show today.
You are knowledgeable and engaging on the air, a rare combination. And one
that makes for great radio."

- WGBH, Boston's NPR station

"We all thought it went really well-lots of interesting stories from
callers, and you were great on the air as well."

- Wisconsin Public Radio

Greg Wilson, +1-571-239-7474, gregwilsonpr at, for the Stuttering Foundation/NOTE TO EDITORS: Jane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation and co-author of If Your Child Stutters : A Guide for Parents, 8th edition. Since its founding in 1947 by Malcolm Fraser, the Foundation has provided comprehensive, up-to-date help to millions of people for whom stuttering is a concern.

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