Now playing: Emily Blunt’s speech at our 2009 Benefit Gala!

The 4th Annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives gala is less than a month away! To celebrate the coming gala, we will start posting the honorees’ and clients’ speeches from last year’s event.

We lead with the first honoree of the evening, the beloved British actress, Emily Blunt!

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Last year’s gala made such an impact on Emily that she soon after joined our Board of Directors. And we’re thrilled to have her back to emcee this year’s gala! Thanks to Emily for continuing to support us in reaching people who stutter!

By |2017-02-19T06:27:05+00:00May 10th, 2010|Benefit Gala, Headlines|2 Comments


  1. Meredith May 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    What a sweet speech! Emily really is a class act.

  2. Steven Chen August 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm - Reply


    It was very nice to hear Emily Blunt talk about her stuttering and particularly her talking about how she overcame her stuttering.

    With respect to a strong genetic proponent to stuttering, I don’t believe that it has reached the stage where it has been proven, I think it has reached the stage where they are starting to propose this as a possibility.

    I found it very interesting that Emily indicated that she overcame her stuttering by appearing in a play using a different voice and being successful. Actually due to this success it shows that if there is a genetic proponent it doesn’t carry much weight, right??!!

    Anyway it was even more interesting how Emily alluded to the fact that the real her was struggling to come out. I think that that hits the nail on the head, in that a strong component to stuttering is not being yourself and still trying to talk as if you are, that would make anyone stutter!

    Too bad she didn’t expound more on “not being herself” and how she became herself, that information would be very helpful to people who stutter. Perhaps she explained this elsewhere.

    Isn’t it interesting, however, how she is in a profession where she plays other people?

    Thanks for letting me post


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