The Miracle Worker is a cycle of 20th-century dramatic works derived from Helen Keller's 1903 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. 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 Patty Duke as Keller and Anne Bancroft as Sullivan. The 1962 film, also starred Bancroft and Duke. Subsequent made-for-television movies were released in 1979 and in 2000.
Source of the name
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.
- The Miracle Worker (1962 film) with Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen Keller
- The Miracle Worker (1979 film) with Patty Duke as Annie Sullivan and Melissa Gilbert as Helen Keller
- The Miracle Worker (2000 film) with Alison Elliott as Annie Sullivan and Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Helen Keller
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- Playhouse 90 production at IMDb
- The Miracle Worker (1962 film) at IMDb
- The Miracle Worker (1979 television remake) at IMDb
- The Miracle Worker (2000 television film) at IMDb
- Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues at IMDb