Top Gun glamor Tom Cruise. Not new. Einstein, Currie, Edison. Entrepreneurs and nobel laureates - believable enough as research links dyslexia with high cognition and creativity. When Cher acted in the Mask as a mom who could not read, I didn't know she was also dyslexic in real life. Names like Kiera Knightley, Andy Warhol and George Washington made me go 'they too?' Now some 13 other biggies:
1. John Lennon. It was his voice singing "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" I was hearing while traipsing the killing fields in Cambodia.
2. Nigel Kennedy. ... all those violin music I have been fortunately subjected to lately
3. Leonardo da Vinci. Just huge.
4. Pablo Picasso. Portrait de la tante Pepa
5. Hans Christian Andersen. Fairy tales are so alive in my world!
6. Agatha Christie. I wanna get my hands on The Body in the Library
7. Terry Goodkind, author of The Sword of Truth series.
8. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hmnn... I have never finished reading The Great Gatsby
9. John Edmund Delezen. I play Eye of the Tiger when writing killer university exams
10. Fannie Flagg. I still have Fried Green Tomatoes. Unopened.
11. Philip Shultz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
12. Patricia Polacco, children's author and illustrator
13. William Butler Yeats. I guess I will be austenuating 'a fire in my head' for awhile