A reader writes:
Kay Steiger seems to have forgotten, or not known, about the film The Miracle Worker, based on an award winning play based on Helen Keller's memoirs. It was released in 1962 and starred Patty Duke as Keller, Anne Bancroft as Anne Sullivan, and was directed by Arthur Penn. It was nominated for several Oscars and won best supporting actress for Duke and actress for Bancroft. A very mainstream Hollywood movie.
The Miracle Worker was remade for TV in 1979. There was also a made-for-TV sequel called The Miracle Continues, which was released in 1984, about Keller's college years and early adult life. In 2000, Disney produced yet another re-make. And last year the story was revived on Broadway.
Apparently Kay Steiger forgot about The Miracle Worker, Johnny Belinda, Nell, Children of A Lesser God, In the Company of Men (kind of), Benny and Joon, Frances, Frida, Girl Interrupted, and many others. I'm all for equality in film, but claiming discrimination where none exists is just silly.