Speech life- long pas­sion for writer

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James Franco HE wasn’t ad­dress­ing a nation pre­par­ing for war, but David S e i d l e r ’ s a c c e p t a n c e o f a s c r e e n wr i t i n g O s c a r r e p - re­sented a crowning achieve­ment for a man who over­came a de­bil­i­tat­ing stut­ter as a child.

Sei­dler penned the script for Os­car d a r l i ng The Ki ng’ s Speech, a film whose story of a Bri­tish monarch over­com­ing his stut­ter to rally a nation to war mir­rors in many ways the Bri­tish writer’s own life.

‘‘ I say this on be­half of all the stut­ter­ers in the world – we have a voice, we have been h e a r d , ’ ’ t h e 7 3 - y e a r - o l d screen­writer said while ac­cept­ing his Os­car.

Telling the story of King Ge­orge VI was a life­time am­bi­tion for Sei­dler, who over­came his own stut­ter nearly 60 years ago.

The screen­writer was born in 1936, seven months be­fore Ge­orge took the Bri­tish throne and was forced to over­come his stut­ter to rally the em­pire to face Nazi Ger­many.

Sei­dler over­came his stut­ter in ado­les­cence af­ter un­der­goi n g m a n y o f t h e s p e e c h ther­a­pies por­trayed in The King’s Speech, in­clud­ing stuff­ing mar­bles in his mouth and recit­ing while lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on head­phones.

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