Famous Dyslexics

Albert Einstein: Physicist

His teachers said that he was mentally slow, unsociable and adrift in his foolish dreams.

Princess Beatrice: Princess of England

“Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it.”

Tom Cruise: Actor

“Being dyslexic, I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.”

Agatha Christie: Writer/Author

“Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was an extremely bad speller and have remained so.”

Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist

“Dyslexia is probably one of the things that made da Vinci so creative, made him Leonardo,” says Salvatore Mangrone, MD Associate Professor in the Sydney Kimmel Medical College, “If you look at his notebooks, the orthography – the set of norms of writing a language – is a mess.”  “Leonardo had as many as nine different ways of writing the same word.”

Sir Winston Churchill: Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Describing himself, Churchill said, “I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel ….. so completely outclassed and left behind.”

Jim Carrey: Actor

In his early years at school, Carrey was very quiet and didn’t have many friends. He was an undiagnosed dyslexic and often struggled in school.

Bill Gates: Businessman

“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft, and I am the owner of Microsoft.”

Jennifer Aniston: Actress

Jennifer spent the first 20 years of her life struggling with a learning difficulty she didn’t know she had. “Before being diagnozed (with dyslexia), I thought I wasn’t smart, I just couldn’t retain anything. Now I had this great discovery, I felt all my childhood trauma – dies, tragedies and dramas were explained.”