Liza's "sh" - when did it start? Why has it worsened? Carol's "sh" sibilant lateral lisp - is it just exaggerated, or does she do it in private too? Holly Hunter - uses the same regionalism for every role, regardless of where the play/tv show/movie is set. Hepburn uses her New England dialect in DRAGON SEED when she's supposed to be a Chinese! Discuss the celebrity speech impediments that you find endearing or irritating in the extreme
Celebrity Speech Impediments, Accents, Dialects, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||07/26/2016|
Barbara Walters lisp - why did this woman choose broadcasting as a career?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/30/2010|
Tom Brokaw has several speech problems. For many years, he anchored the "Nighly News." He's very sloppy, slurry, and mush-mouthed. Then he has a problem with "r" coming out as "w", too.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/30/2010|
I think Liza's and Carol's are because of dentures.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/30/2010|
Ah! R1, how could I forget about Barbara Walters?! To this day I will watch her on the View and repeat something she's just said in imitation of her bizarre impediment combined with that unspecified broadcast accent she seems to have.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/30/2010|
I love Sean Connery's accent but it does sound a bit like a really sexy speech impediment.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/30/2010|
Speaking of dentures...
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/30/2010|
Holly Hunter owns this thread. There's a reason her only accolades have come from a movie in which she didn't say a word. It's not the ridiculous accent as much as it sounds like she constantly has marbles and snuff in her mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/30/2010|
Actually, it seems like the only youngish actors who can do accents these days are the Australians. I suppose they learn early on that if they want any international work, they've got to be able to pass as other nationalities. With the exception of lovely Eric Bana, of course. It's so funny to hear that bit of Australia come out of his mouth, when he's supposed to be in ancient Troy or outer space.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/30/2010|
Drew Barrymore's baby-doll lisp shines through in every role, but I find it endearing.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/30/2010|
Drew Barrymore's baby-doll lisp is totally distracting.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/30/2010|
Oliver Hudson has a lisp he cannot conceal.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/30/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/30/2010|
Adam Scott-- who grew up in Santa Cruz, CA-- has a bit of the universal rich kid stoner's drawl. The soft o's, etc. I love it.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/30/2010|
Whitney's. Her speech is so slurred. I don't know what it's about. Her tongue is weird, too, when she sings.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/30/2010|
Ugh for Holly Hunter's accent. I'm a native Texan but her twang is horrible. She sounds like a hillbilly.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/30/2010|
Whitney also has dentures now.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/30/2010|
Barbara Walters has a terrible voice and speech pattern. Dr. Morton Cooper, a voice expert to the stars, talks about how horrible it is in his books.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/30/2010|
Peter Sarsgaard has something going on with his speech, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's a general ooziness. So sleazy, of course I love it.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/30/2010|
Jean Arthur is the gold standard here.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/30/2010|
Anyone heard Holly's new "Got Milk?" voiceover? The whole package of twang and marbles is even worse than ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/30/2010|
That's not a speech impediment, R2. That's a drinking problem.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/30/2010|
Bernadette Peters's Queens accent -- I can't believe she hasn't been asked to blend when singing. In the cast recording for "Gypsy," the actors playing Louise and Herbie sing "togetherrrrr" and Bernadette sings "togetha." Sticks out in a big way.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/30/2010|
I thought part of acting school was to take speech and enunciation classes and learn how to hide or fake an accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/30/2010|
most don't go to acting school
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/30/2010|
Annie Lennox rules with her soft Scottish burr. I don't hear it in her songs, though, even live ones.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/30/2010|
Holly Hunter is hearing impaired and has that southern accent. It is amazing that she can speak as well as she does.
Carol Kane is another one who is hearing impaired as well.
I cannot snark on either one of those two at all.
Drew Barrymore is horrible. I think she was told to keep the lisp as a child (for a cuteness factor) and just could never get rid of it. Some child stars are told such things.
Barbara Walters spent part of her girlhood in Boston. I think that made her speech issue worse or something. There is an interview she did somewhere on the net where her Boston accent shone through like the dickens, but she also had that total inability to pronounce her "R's" as well. It is really weird and I wish I could remember where I saw it, but I cannot.
Troy Garity has a horrible way of speaking. He is Jane Fonda's son and I have no idea what is wrong with him, but he can barely speak clearly at all and he oftentimes speaks really slowly like a stroke victim or something. I think he owns this thread.
The best person who kept their accent is Paula Prentiss. She almost always used her own Texas accent in films and all and just did not let it stop her because she had a masterful command of her voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/30/2010|
Russell Simmons owns this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/30/2010|
[quoteIt's so funny to hear that bit of Australia come out of his mouth, when he's supposed to be in ancient Troy or outer space.
Because we all know that people in ancient Troy spoke with a British accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/30/2010|
Keep on rolling them, idiot at R28.
The point is that the cast were also supposed to speak with a uniformity of accents - the British accent was the one chosen.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/30/2010|
I think R8 is right about Australian actors. My friend is an actor from Australia and she says the same thing. Their film industry is tiny and everyone knows they have to master American accent if they want to have a chance at international career.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/30/2010|
[quote]Troy Garity has a horrible way of speaking. I never heard him speak. You think he's "special?" Fonda seem to favor him over her daughter Vanessa.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/30/2010|
ADAM ARKIN! Seriously, couldn't his father afford a speech therapist? It makes me nuts!
Jesse Jackson owns this thread! I don't understand a word he says--is it a southern accent or speech impediment?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/30/2010|
Here is a clip of Troy Garity speaking. And yes, I do think he is "special" in some way. His way of speaking in "A Soldier's Girl" is how he really speaks. Really.
Jane Fonda totally favors him for sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/30/2010|
R33's clip is hilarious.
I didn't realize Troy Garity spoke like he was recovering from a massive head injury and the fact that he plays the communications officer in his sci-fi movie is unintentionally hysterical.
It's like he's channeling William Shatner attending the Keanu Reeves School of Thespian Arts.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/30/2010|
Jay Leno's voice makes me want to hit him in the face with a shovel. Or maybe it's just because I hate him so much.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/30/2010|
For the poster commenting on Bernadette Peters' accent....singing a hard "R" at the end of words is a hallmark of untrained singers.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/30/2010|
Joan Cusack. I don't know what it is about her voice, but it's annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/30/2010|
Holly Hunter speaks out of the side of her mouth due to hearing loss she suffered as a child. She is deaf in one ear.
I thought Gerard Butler's garbled speech was a Scottish thing, because Sean Connery has similar issues. However, as a child Butler had surgery that impaired his hearing.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/30/2010|
If you've ever heard her order off the menu, you'd think she was raised in a Parisian convent. Actually the only thing truly French about Miss Crawford does pertain to her oral endowments.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/30/2010|
What I have, dahling, is not an impediment, much less an affectation, nor can it accurately be considered an accent. It's more of a life style, dahling, really.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/30/2010|
Joe Jonas owns this thread. Despite years of speech therapy, he still has a heavy lisp. His lips literaly do somersaults over one another. He's another one I think might be "special". No wonder his younger brother is the leader.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/30/2010|
R41, many gays find it difficult to eliminate a lisp.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/30/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/30/2010|
"Holly Hunter speaks out of the side of her mouth due to hearing loss she suffered as a child. She is deaf in one ear." I thought I read it was from a firearm that went off too close to her ear on a movie set.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/30/2010|
"Judge Judy"'s authority is undermined by her coarse Brooklyn accent. It will always make her sound less educated.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/30/2010|
Anderson Cooper pronounces double t's like d's. He'll say "buddon" instead of "button" and "Manhaddan" instead of "Manhattan", "thredden" instead of "threaten". It's oddly cute. He also has a habit of saying "ro-butt" instead of "robot".
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/30/2010|
The cast of Zoom
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/30/2010|
I'm deaf in my right ear but I don't speak out of the side of my mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/30/2010|
Judge Judy sound less-educated when she uses "badly" to describe how she feels.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/30/2010|
[quote]Judge Judy sound less-educated when she uses "badly" to describe how she feels.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/30/2010|
I don't see or hear anything wrong with Troy Garity, really. Flame away, bitches.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/30/2010|
I love accents, I'd hate it if everyone sounded the same, it would be so boring.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/30/2010|
You can hear Liza's sshhh on Flora, the Red Menace. It's gotten worse over the years and yes, dentures don't help.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/30/2010|
Jonathan Ross' trouble with saying 'r'. Cruel given his surname.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/30/2010|
The first time I noticed Whitney had a slurred speech was the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview. She didn't have dentures then. I think she has lost tongue control due to drugs.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/30/2010|
Tharah Paulthon's lithp.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/31/2010|
Alicia Silverstone speaks out of the side of her mouth too--it is such an odd affectation.
Doesn't Ally Sheedy do it too? I watched "St. Elmo's Fire" the other night and she has some weird mouth movement going on...
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/31/2010|
Maybe someone already mentioned something similar, but I hate how John McCain says WAR-shington instead of WASH-ington.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/31/2010|
Gywneth Paltrow's lisp. She gets accolades from critics for her British accent but it's an accent marred by the ever present lisp.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/31/2010|
Charlize Theron's tongue roll, her voice comes off like she has a bucket of saliva in her mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||05/31/2010|
Barbara Walters sounds like an elderly owl, drowning.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/31/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/31/2010|
There's something weird about how John Leguizamo talks but I can't put my finger on it, it's like he chews his words. It's irritating.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/31/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 64||12/08/2010|
"Drew Barrymore's baby-doll lisp shines through in every role, but I find it endearing."%0D %0D %0D %0D %0D Speaking of baby doll lisps....Katie Holmes. Surprised no one mentioned her. Her baby voice irritates me to no end.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 65||12/08/2010|
Liza doesn't have dentures. If you compare pics from her younger Cabaret days and now, it's the same teeth. Her more recent speech impediment is a result of the encephelitis she was stricken with a decade ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||12/08/2010|
I love you, r47. It's like we grew up in the same household.
Getting back to our list, the best friend (Crista Miller) from "Cougartown" has something going on with her lips that gives her an obnoxious lisp. She's one of the reasons I stopped watching the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||12/08/2010|
Barbara Walters has an accent typical of the Jewish community in inner-city Boston. I work with an older man about a decade younger than Barbara who grew up a block away from her, and he speaks the same way.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||12/08/2010|
Mikael Nyqvist in Downloading Nancy, could not speak without that funny accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||12/08/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 70||12/08/2010|
[quote]John McCain says WAR-shington instead of WASH-ington%0D %0D My mom says "warsh" for "wash" too but she's from Michigan. I don't know what McCain's excuse is.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||12/08/2010|
Clay Aiken. What is up with his phrasing when he sings?
[quote]Holly Hunter speaks out of the side of her mouth due to hearing loss she suffered as a child. She is deaf in one ear.
I'm not knocking her and whatever problem she may have, but Stephen Colbert lost hearing in one ear when he was a kid and he speaks beautifully.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||12/08/2010|
Chris Matthews should not be on television or radio with that disgusting speech. A few months ago he criticized someone for having a "NJ accent." %0D %0D He should listen to himself before he dare criticize anyone.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 73||12/08/2010|
Madonna and Johnny Depp currently have the worst affectations of speech. It often sounds as though they have no idea which accent they're trying to use when they speak. Really, how could girl form Michigan and a boy from Kentucky/Florida speak so ridiculously?
|by Anonymous||reply 74||12/08/2010|
The worse affection is David Tyler Muir on ABC News.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||12/08/2010|
President Obama speaks out of both sides of his mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||12/08/2010|
No wonder Holly Hunter was awarded with an Oscar for THE PIANO. The Academy was rewarding her for keeping her mouth shut for the entire movie!
|by Anonymous||reply 77||12/08/2010|
I always suspected that Holly Hunter's speech pattern was more the result of hidden bull dykism than a true speech impediment. Bitch sounds like a damn longshoreman when she speaks. I have always thought the same thing about Reba McEntire. Dem bitches sound like they've got gonads!
|by Anonymous||reply 78||12/09/2010|
Chris Wragge is the ultimate mush mouth!
|by Anonymous||reply 79||12/09/2010|
I think Troy Garrity's accent is adorable. And it doesn't hurt that he's about the cutest thing around.
And the person who said Holly Hunter speaks out of the side of her mouth because of hearing loss in one ear is a complete moron. People who do that do it because of facial muscle anomalies.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||12/09/2010|
John Travolta's been fighting his way past ill-fitting dentures for several years now. He always sounds like Liza Minnelli. %0D %0D I wonder if the Drew Barrymore lisp comes from being a drunk during her formative years. Whenever she speaks I see a little girl in a party dress at Studio 54 demanding her next line of coke.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||12/09/2010|
I think Beyonce sounds like an idiot when she speaks. Truly, truly stupid-sounding.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||12/09/2010|
Cindy Brady owns this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||12/09/2010|
Anne Hathaway did a delicious parody of Katie Holmes's baby voice on SNL a couple of weeks ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||12/09/2010|
You can't discuss "baby voice" without mentioning Melanie Griffith. Sounds like she's 5 instead of 55.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||12/09/2010|
David Zayas, the guy who plays Angel Batista on Dexter has an Elmer Fudd-like speech impediment. It's always there a little, but on the last episode in particular it was very pronounced.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||12/09/2010|
Judging by the thoughts Troy Garrity is expressing in that video, he is not dumb or special, I think he has emotional/mental issues.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||12/09/2010|
[quote]Getting back to our list, the best friend (Crista Miller) from "Cougartown" has something going on with her lips that gives her an obnoxious lisp.
More plastic surgery than Cher, and started way younger. God knows why, too; she was so adorable on "Drew Carey" that I had a huge crush on her. Now she's a mannequin with Michael-Jackson syndrome. Not a good change.
Mine: Hal Sparks as Michael in "Queer as Folk" -- the character was born and bred in PA, but the actor's from Kentucky. In a stand-up routine, Sparks talks about "taking his accent into an alley and shooting it" so it wouldn't keep him from getting laid, but the one word that survived the assault was 'everybody'.
He says 'ever-body' in almost every episode of QAF. A friend pointed it out early on, and after that I couldn't ignore it.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||12/09/2010|
Speaking of QAF, how about Robert Gant's lisp?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||12/09/2010|
R82, I don't think it's a speech impediment as much as her own Texas (?) drawl combined with a small brain.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||12/09/2010|
Hilary Swank talks like she got grass in her mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||12/10/2010|
r60, it's dyke voice mixed with an Afrikan accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||12/10/2010|
James Franco has a slight lisp, doesn't he?
|by Anonymous||reply 93||12/10/2010|
Newscasters are the best examples. They either mumble or have such bac speech impediments that you understand only every other word. Think Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Matt Lauer, etc. And local anchors/reports/weathermen are no better. In NYC, Michael Gargulo, John Marshall, Lori Stokes, Joe Nolan, and the list goes on...
|by Anonymous||reply 94||12/10/2010|
[quote]Jay Leno's voice makes me want to hit him in the face with a shovel.
Somebody already beat you to it, R34.
ITA with R51.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||12/13/2010|
"Hepburn uses her New England dialect in DRAGON SEED when she's supposed to be a Chinese!"%0D %0D Just to be clear, are you suggesting that she should have a Chinese accent? A standard American accent? What?
|by Anonymous||reply 96||12/13/2010|
What is that jesse jackson accent? No one else speaks that way. Even his son doesn't speak with that accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||12/13/2010|
Troy Garity sounds fine to me. Those bags under his eyes...they are really distracting. Elizabeth Perkins' lisp always bugs the hell out of me. I haven't seen her lately, maybe she's retired?
|by Anonymous||reply 98||12/13/2010|
Hugh Laurie, is bad, I love house anyway!
|by Anonymous||reply 99||04/16/2011|
The actor Taylor Nichols has a true stutter and in some of the things I've seen in him (Barcelona for example), they don't edit it out.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||04/16/2011|
Paula Prentiss: THE most annoying, unbearable voice in Hollywood. Ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||04/08/2012|
Doesn't anyone wonder why I have a thick southern accent, yet I was raised in Brentwwod, California by my Mommie Dearest ?
|by Anonymous||reply 102||04/08/2012|
Lou Ferrigno stutters and because he's partially deaf doesn't completely pronounce some words correctly.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||04/08/2012|
Winona Ryder talks through her nose.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||04/08/2012|
Do film and TV actors even get vocal training anymore?
I hear so much bad, mumbled, horrible-sounding speech onscreen these days I can't stand it.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||04/08/2012|
[quote]Holly Hunter - uses the same regionalism for every role, regardless of where the play/tv show/movie is set.
I guess you missed the note-perfect Scottish burr she used for her voiceovers at the beginning and the end of The Piano.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||04/08/2012|
R7--I guess Holly's Best Actress Oscar nomination for Broadcast News, isn't much of an accolade. I love her accent and find it endearing. She does speak in The Piano and sounds nothing like a hillbilly. Her accent was good enough for Jodie Foster to steal for Silence of the Lambs and win an Oscar.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||04/09/2012|
Maggie Gyllenhaal lisps. I was surprised when I saw her on some late night talk show a while ago, but she definitely has one.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||04/09/2012|
Madonna's speaking dialect of choice is a truly funny mishmash of "white American woman putting on a vaguely brit/euro/posh accent." But then one out of her every dozen vowel sounds misses its mark, and you hear a fleeting glimpse of the Ciccone clan from Pontiac MI.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||04/09/2012|
R101 You just know the Paula Prentiss Troll will come after you for that! Uh huh.
Sarah Paulson annoys me just like in general. But, what she is doing lately really gets on my nerves. She forces her voice down into a low register but then when he lisp acts up her natural register goes right along with it. It is the weirdest thing.
In "Game Change" she would speak in her fake lower register but then when her lisp would act up she would speak in a breathy voice.
Annoying! Own your lisp, Sarah. Just own it. You're almost 40 years of age, there is nothing more that can be done with it so just own it, deary.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||04/09/2012|
Speaking of low registers, R110, Jodie Foster has a forced low register that is downright distracting.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||04/09/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 112||04/09/2012|
Demi Moore deliberately damaged her vocal chords, ostensibly to have a sexier voice. Anyone think her efforts worked?
|by Anonymous||reply 113||04/09/2012|
Naomi Lewin, announcer on WQXR-NYC classical radio, is undoubtedly playing the kazoo through her nose when she talks.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||04/09/2012|
Doris Day's combo squeaky/gravely voice was caused by her 2.5 pack a day smoking habit.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||04/09/2012|
[quote] Liza's "sh" - when did it start?
OP, with her first drink of the day.
[quote] Why has it worsened?
Because of her seventh drink of the day, darling.
Any other questions?
|by Anonymous||reply 116||04/09/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 117||04/09/2012|
I don't care what kind of surgery Gerard Butler had as a child, his speech impediment is annoying and he spits when he talks. James MacAvoy and Sean Connery are Scots. Ewan McGregor is a Scotsman. None of them talk like that. Butler's teeth are the problem and with all his millions from making the garbage movies he makes, you'd think he would get it taken care of. I can't watch 300 without laughing outloud at his one dimensional, spit infested portrayal.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||04/09/2012|
The speaking voices of Streisand, Midler and SJP make my teeth itch.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||04/09/2012|
Ugh - Gilbert Gottfried and Jennifer Tilly.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||04/09/2012|
Emma Stone owns this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||04/09/2012|
Boris Karloff had a lisp, but it didn't bother me none or harm his career. He was a jewel.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||04/09/2012|
Sarah Palin's baby doll nasal is repulsive.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||04/09/2012|
Foster and Hunter have lesbian accents.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||04/09/2012|
You nailed it, R124.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||04/10/2012|
R124 Do you mean cane voice?
|by Anonymous||reply 126||04/10/2012|
Joan Rivers. I love her to death, Brooklyn accent and all.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||04/10/2012|
Olympia Dukakis can't speak without her Boston accent. And Keith Morrison - weirdest speech pattern EVAH.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||04/10/2012|
Is Charlize a lesbian?
|by Anonymous||reply 129||04/10/2012|
THe story about Alan RIckman's childhood impediment is a myth.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||04/10/2012|
Kayne's blue gum accent...
|by Anonymous||reply 131||04/10/2012|
Apparently James Earl Jones stuttered as a kid so he had to be trained not to do that. The result is pulling his lips away from his teeth so widely and sharply that I have to look away.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||04/10/2012|
Joan Rivers is from Larchmont. Her accent is not Brooklyn at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||04/10/2012|
This is very offensive. Don't stop someone because they may have a slight speech impediment.I have heard BEAUTIFUL singers and TALENTED actors/actresses with lisps. I don't understand what the problem is.And why would you care?It usually has to do with the mouth's formation.Or the way you grew.Its not their fault!
|by Anonymous||reply 134||04/17/2012|
R133 - Joan Rivers was born and raised in Brooklyn and later moved to Larchmont. Her accent is decidedly Brooklyn, which she acknowledges and is proud of as it is her trademark.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||04/17/2012|
I thought Mae West's accent was funny and cute.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||04/17/2012|
[quote]I don't understand what the problem is. And why would you care?
I care because it's unpleasant to listen to someone with a speech impediment!
And I'm pretty sure that virtually every single type of speech impediment could be rectified if the person sought professional help.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||04/17/2012|
Sometimes it seems that Len Goodman of Dancing With the Stars has a slight speech impediment, but I could just be imagining things.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||04/17/2012|
[quote]Sometimes it seems that Len Goodman of Dancing With the Stars has a slight speech impediment, but I could just be imagining things.
No, I've heard it, too. But I think he's either nearly overcome it, or else he's learned how to hide it; either way, it's so fleeting it seems imaginary.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||04/23/2012|
[quote]Jonathan Ross' trouble with saying 'r'. Cruel given his surname.
I used to work for a guy who couldn't pronounce "r".
His name? George Parker.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||04/23/2012|
Cher and Athena Lee (ex-wives of rock) both speak like they've had their jaws broken or is that some weird accent?
|by Anonymous||reply 141||09/17/2012|
Matthew McConoughey - cant shake the east Texas drawl for anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||09/17/2012|
[R142] But still hot as fuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||09/17/2012|
[R143] when I go home to Texas, Matthew does the voice overs for Reliant Energy company. The voice always catches my attention and I just melt.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||09/17/2012|
Didn't women used to be taught that it wasn't lady-like to pronounce a hard "R," which is why a lot of older women (like Baba Wawa) round it off?
|by Anonymous||reply 145||09/17/2012|
Janine Turner could not drop the drawl. On NE Maggie was supposed to be from Michigan, but Janine could not be convincing as a Midwesterner.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||09/17/2012|
I love Jean Arthur's coy-frog voice. Evidently so did Paula Poundstone.
I hate the way Anton Yelchin and Adam Brody talk. There's the hint of lisp plus the Owen Wilson soft-consonant bit.
I cannot listen to Jimmy Stewart and Audrey Hepburn. His legendary voice is a distraction, and she was an early waif with a mincing voice.
Humprey Bogart is the only person whose lisp is a turn on.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||09/17/2012|
[quote]Janine could not be convincing as a Midwesterner.
She can't be convincing as a human, either.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||09/17/2012|
[quote]Do film and TV actors even get vocal training anymore? I hear so much bad, mumbled, horrible-sounding speech onscreen these days I can't stand it.
It's the same here in England. I was watching a TV drama this evening and the lead (cast cos he's pretty & a model, but now wants to act and is quite god, I suppose) mumbled and muttered and slurred his words. I could only work out about 1/3 of what he said in the whole film.
I went to acting school in England in the early 80s and they were teaching you how to talk and project before you'd finished walking into the room and I have NO objection to that.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||09/17/2012|
In recent years there have been more and more actors from the UK who have skipped drama school and formal training, once de rigueur, and it shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||09/17/2012|
Jesse Ventura had the Liza sh thing today on The View....never noticed it before....painkillers?
|by Anonymous||reply 151||09/17/2012|
A couple of the afore-mentioned celebrities have cleft lips/palates:
-Tom Brokaw -Jesse Jackson
|by Anonymous||reply 152||09/18/2012|
Barbara Walters does not have a lisp, but she famously has trouble with her "r"s. It's not a speech impediment but an accent common to a small group of Jews who live in Boston--I know because I work with a man who is in Barbara's age group who grew up two blocks away from her in Buoston, and he speaks the exact same way. You should hear him give directions to his house--he lives on a street called "Rural Road"!
|by Anonymous||reply 153||09/18/2012|
Sarah Paulson's voice irritates me to no end. Not looking forward to her lisping through another season of American Horror Story. It takes me right out of the show--I can't focus on anything else.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||09/18/2012|
I wouldn't care about her lisp if she was a good actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||09/18/2012|
Ann and Nancy Wilson!! I KNOW they grew up in Seattle (they constantly remind us), and that they spent the best years of their career in Vancouver, B.C., but I can't stand the "reeeely coo-ul wey" they drag out those vowels.
Runners-up: Jane Fonda Candice Bergen
|by Anonymous||reply 156||01/30/2013|
Al Gore's southern accent along with his slow talk makes you just want to move him to a higher speed.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||02/01/2013|
Stephen Hawking sounds like a computer.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||10/22/2013|
What sort of accent had Madeline Kahn? I always found it very sexy...
|by Anonymous||reply 159||04/20/2014|
A sibilant S is sexy.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||04/20/2014|
Nancy Grace is the worst. I couldn't stand how she mispronounced little Caylee Anthony's name. She pronounced "Caylee" as "Kelly" really drawing out the "L". The same with the name "Haley" which she pronounced "Helly" She should not be on television (for so many reasons)
|by Anonymous||reply 161||04/20/2014|
How about that Nature-Made pharmacist commercial spokeswoman? What's wrong with her and why couldn't they find someone else to represent them?
|by Anonymous||reply 162||04/20/2014|
I was just about to mention Wentworth Miller's sibilant s.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||04/20/2014|
McConaughey's got a sibilant s too.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||04/20/2014|
Troy McClure has a wicked accent for a newsreader.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||04/20/2014|
Adam scott 's drawl is the same as the bald dude from Hotel Impossible who also has a hair of Babwa Wawltas/Elmer Fudd going on. I want to know what this specific impediment/accent is called.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||05/14/2014|
Has Anyone noticed Britney's way of projecting the tongue against the upper lip to pronounce the /l/ sound.
I always wondered if it was a marketing gimmick (probably the whorish part of overtly sexualized school girl) or if she really does it that way in real life which sounds totally retarded.
See how she is pronuncing "My /l/oneliness is ki/l/ing me no more". She also does it with the /ð/ sound as in "than" below.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||05/14/2014|
Also, as much as I love her, Adele always puts the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLABle and doesn't enunciate clearly. Someone Like You would be even more fantastic if she didn't mush all the words together.
Neva min I'll fin Some un Li Keyew....
|by Anonymous||reply 168||05/14/2014|
Cher studied voice under Dean Martin.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||05/15/2014|
June Allyson always sounds like an impediment needing to be worked on by a professional voice coach.
She made a whole career with that strange intonation.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||05/15/2014|
This thread belongs to Tony Curtis, who could/would never lose his Noo Yawk accent. As evidenced by his infamous delivery of "Yondah lies da castle of my fodduh," in the film, "The Black Shield of Falworth."
|by Anonymous||reply 171||05/15/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 172||12/01/2014|
Michael Keaton has a lisp, I don't know if he always had it but I couldn't stop noticing it in Spotlight and whenever he popped up during the last awards season. Perhaps he had dental work done in recent years.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||07/26/2016|
I thought Liza's was a DL affectation, having to do with her drinking.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||07/26/2016|