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PostSubject: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:42 pm

school..but were the actors really blind? When they're on the show I'm always trying to see if they flinch or mess up. Today "Annabelle" was on and I was trying to see if they would react to the "fake" water being thrown at them.

BTW..love this episode!
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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:06 pm

Good question...:think:
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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:37 pm

As far as I know the little actors who played blind children from Mary's school, were not blind in real life. If they didn't react when the fake water was thrown over them was for they were taight not to react. They were actors, you know ...and actors must know how to fake things... grinsmiley

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:17 pm

I always wondered that too. I tried to observe them, but could never figure it out.

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:17 pm

I know that some were really blind... you could tell in their eyes...


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:52 pm

Thats a good question


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:00 pm

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I know that some were really blind... you could tell in their eyes...

True.

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:32 pm

good question i never thought of it b4



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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:19 am

Are you sure? I've never heard about them being really blind. When I was younger, at first, I believed that Kinwood Boomer was really blind for his eyes seemed the ones of a blind person. But as you all knows, he was not blind in real life! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:22 am

He did have some unique looking eyes. He was really good at playing a blind person.

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:29 pm

I never thought of this before.

A bit off topic but Shanesia Davis-Williams that played Marissa Clark on the 1990`s show Early Edition said she learned to play being blind for her role by spending time observing children at a school for the blind.


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:07 pm

A little trivia...........Thumbsup

Both Mary and Adam ( Linwood Boomer ) had to attend a genuine institution for the blind in order to learn how to fill a glass of water, to sit down on a chair and to walk down a hallway, etc.

In fact, the title of this episode, "I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away", was actually chosen after the expression was used by a blind resident at the school. The people working on the set liked it, and thought it would make the perfect title for the episode.



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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:25 pm

Aww, that is so sweet. Very interesting!

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:47 pm

Yes it is very sweet and interesting!


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:57 pm

I didn't know it, Rhonda. Thank you for the trivia.

I was always amazed seeing in which accurate way Linwood Boomer and Melissa Sue Anderson portrayed blind persons. We had a blind classmate at the University, and he would act exactly like them. I've read that they studied how to portray a blind person being along with real blind men and women , but I couldn't help but being surprised, since when you are truly seeing, even if you fakes not to see, some odd thing that could be ACTUALLY happening before your eyes, could start you, and make to ruin the whole work.

When I was a child, me and some of my friends played to be blind...but we would always kept our eyes closed. If we'll have our eyes openes, we would HAVE to watch what we had in front of us...It's so hard... :think:

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:39 am

I recall reading somewhere that most of the children used were trained to act blind. I wish I could remember where I read that!

The girl that Mary comforts in "Darkness Is My Friend" was really blind. She wrote Melissa Anderson a letter and Melissa told Michael Landon about the letter and Michael let the girl be in an episode. I thought that was pretty cool.


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:17 am

Prairie Dweller wrote:
The girl that Mary comforts in "Darkness Is My Friend" was really blind. She wrote Melissa Anderson a letter and Melissa told Michael Landon about the letter and Michael let the girl be in an episode. I thought that was pretty cool.

Yes she was.


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:42 am

Was't that Susan?


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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:32 pm

Prairie Dweller wrote:
I recall reading somewhere that most of the children used were trained to act blind. I wish I could remember where I read that!

The girl that Mary comforts in "Darkness Is My Friend" was really blind. She wrote Melissa Anderson a letter and Melissa told Michael Landon about the letter and Michael let the girl be in an episode. I thought that was pretty cool.

Aww, that was really nice.

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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:29 pm

Carol wrote:
I know that some were really blind... you could tell in their eyes...

Exactly.

In the episode where Mary and Laura are held captive in the school, Mary comforts (Susan?) when it's all over, and you can tell that her eyes don't look normal. She looks as if she's really blind.





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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:07 am

Prairie Dweller wrote:
I recall reading somewhere that most of the children used were trained to act blind. I wish I could remember where I read that!

The girl that Mary comforts in "Darkness Is My Friend" was really blind. She wrote Melissa Anderson a letter and Melissa told Michael Landon about the letter and Michael let the girl be in an episode. I thought that was pretty cool.

I hadn't heard that before, but it's really sweet. Another reason - to a list of many reasons - to love this show.

I read that for an "assignment" when MSA was "learning" how to act blind, she was supposed to go home, close her eyes and walk around like that and she said that when she did, it terrified her and really helped her understand how it could feel to lose your sight suddenly.




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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:34 pm

Wow. This interesting facts about MSA learning to be blind. Some of the kids, acting blind.




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PostSubject: Re: May be a silly question about the children at the blind   Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:40 pm

Prairie Dweller wrote:

The girl that Mary comforts in "Darkness Is My Friend" was really blind. She wrote Melissa Anderson a letter and Melissa told Michael Landon about the letter and Michael let the girl be in an episode. I thought that was pretty cool.

Oh how sweet!! loveheart


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