The Miracle Worker

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The Miracle Worker is a cycle of 20th century dramatic works derived from Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life. Each of the various dramas describes the relationship between Helen—a deafblind and initially almost feral child—and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who introduced her to education, activism, and international stardom. The movie was filmed in Gladstone, New Jersey. They used coaches from the Black River and Western Railroad and the producers wanted to use Ex. Delaware, Lackawanna and Western No.565 in the movie, but because the Central Railroad of New Jersey would not transport the locomotive out of Chester, New Jersey, only some of the BR&W coaches appear in the movie.

Its first realization was a 1957 Playhouse 90 broadcast written by William Gibson and starring Teresa Wright as Sullivan and Patricia McCormack as Keller. Gibson adapted his teleplay for a 1959 Broadway production with Anne Bancroft as Sullivan.

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The title originates in Mark Twain's description of Sullivan as a "miracle worker". The famed American humorist and author was an admirer of both women, and although his own personal finances were problematic, he helped arrange the funding of Keller's Radcliffe College education by his friend, financier and industrialist Henry Huttleston Rogers.



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