Steven Spielberg opens up about his dyslexia

“I never felt like a victim. Movies really helped me…kind of saved me from shame, from guilt. Making movies was my great escape,” says Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg. At 65, Spielberg has opened up about being diagnosed with dyslexia five years ago – a revelation he describes as “the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I’ve kept to myself all these years.” Director of blockbuster classics such as Jaws and E.T., Spielberg spoke to author and “Friends of Quinn” website creator Quinn Bradlee about his lifelong battle with dyslexia and how this struggle influenced his career as a filmmaker. Spielberg explains, “I was two years behind my entire class and I had to go through what everybody goes through – teasing.” Similar to many of his director contemporaries, such as Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Spielberg used the cinema to escape his troubles. He goes on to say that being a misfit was the reason “Why I made The Goonies, because I was a member of the Goon Squad.” His message to any youngster struggling with the disorder? “It’s more common than you can ever imagine, you are not alone…and it will not hold you back.” ~Brandon Bastaldo

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  1. Amanda • September 27, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    Good for him. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.

  2. Jenn • September 27, 2012 @ 9:54 AM

    I’m actually really curious as to how he was diagnosed at the at of 60 with it?! You’d think that’s something that should have been addressed ages ago

  3. Sarah • September 27, 2012 @ 9:56 AM

    I was diagnosed with it and I was really upset until I found out that there are SOO many people who have dyslexia but have gone on to do amazing things…Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Graham Bell, Orlando Bloom, Tom Cruise…they’re all such big inspirations for me! 🙂

  4. Anonymous • September 27, 2012 @ 9:56 AM

    No wonder some of his movies are a little backwards…

  5. Jay • September 27, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

    This explains a lot about Minority Report

  6. C-Dub • September 27, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

    But have no fear, Dyslexia for cure found.

  7. Nobody Important • September 27, 2012 @ 4:12 PM

    This also explains why the last Indiana Jones was such a jumbled mess.

  8. J.C. ash • September 29, 2012 @ 5:15 AM

    If it were not for movies many Dyslesia and Dysgraphia kids would have never got thougt school .you eascape into other place just not to be in your own life ..I. Even now with so much information out there we are still called stupid ,,,Maybe a movie would help Mr S

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