The following facts were compiled by Walter Wittich of Montreal, Quebec.

Table 1. Legally Blind Celebrities

Name Profession Condition Source*
Alonso, Alicia Ballerina 2 Detached Retinas a
Bocelli, Andrea

Opera Singer/Lawyer

Hereditary Glaucoma b
Braille, Louis Teacher/Researcher Accident + Infection c
Charles, Ray Singer/Songwriter Congenital Glaucoma d
Feliciano, Jose Guitarist Congenital Blindness d
Healy, Jeff Guitarist Congenital Blindness d
Milsap, Ronnie Country Singer Congenital Cataracts e
Milton, John Poet Blind at age 44 d
Runyan, Marla Olympian Track Runner Stargardt Disease i
Shearing, George Jazz Pianist Congenital Blindness f
Sullivan, Tom Actor Congenital Retinopathy d
Templeton, Alec Pianist/Composer Congenital Blindness g
Wonder, Stevie R&B/Soul Singer Retinitis of Prematurity h
       
*Sources:
a. Andros, D. (2001)
b. BocelliOnline (2001)
c. Addison W. (2000)
d. Garza, M. (2001)
e. Milsap, R. (2001)
f. Space Age Pop Music (2001)
g. Mercaz Harmony (2001)
h. ABCNEWS (1999)
i. Marla Runyan Website (2000)

 


Table 2. Visually-Impaired Celebrities

Name Profession Condition *Source
Borge, Victor Musician/Comedian Low vision f
Chihulu, Dale Glass Maker Lost one eye in car accident a
Davis, Jr., Sammy Actor Lost left eye in car accident a
Duncan, Sandy Actress Impaired eye due to tumor a
Falk, Peter Actor Lost right eye due to tumor a
Heino German Folk Singer Albinism b
Monet, Claude Painter Ager-related cataracts c
O'Keefe, Georgia Painter/Sculptor (later on) Age-related vision loss e
Thurber, James Cartoonist Accidental loss of one eye; cataract in other eye a
Warhol, Andy Painter/Writer/Director Albinism d
       

*Sources:

a. Garza, M. (2001)
b. Wade, S. (1999)
c. Ravin, J. G. (1985)
d. Museon (n.d.)
e. Georgia O'Keefe Museum (n.d.)
f. Lighthouse International (2001)

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