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1. This person, born into an acting dynasty, won a Best Actor Academy Award for "A Free Soul" in 1931 and was an influential director and song composer. He opened the door for others in his field with disabilities as he starred in a large percentage of his movies in a wheelchair. Who is he?
2. This wheelchair basketball player, who won a gold medal at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup, is a frequent actor, presenter, and guest on many BBC television shows. He spends a great deal of his time with charities to help others, particularly children, confined to a wheelchair. Who is this person who was named one of the Top 100 most influential Black British people?
3. This Mexican artist began painting after a terrible bus accident in 1925 left her in tremendous pain, in a body cast, and then eventually in a wheelchair. Her artistic works, many of them self-portraits, often showcased disabilities rather than hiding them. Who is this woman, married to Diego Rivera, who became a symbol of bisexualism and people with handicaps?
4. This man was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, when he was a graduate student in 1963. Completely wheelchair bound, he learned how to use his finger and eye movements and became a leader in exploring gravity and black holes. Who is this author ("A Brief History of Time"), physicist, risk taker, and sometime actor who pushed the boundaries of his world?
5. This woman was a lawyer and a teacher and, in 1967, became the first African American congresswoman from the deep South in the USA to be elected to the Texas Senate. She was a key person calling for the impeachment of President Nixon during the Watergate scandal and never let her wheelchair hold her back, even as she gave the Democratic convention keynote address in 1992. Who was she?
6. This royal was the self-proclaimed protector of the Roman Catholic Church. During his over 40 years on the throne he saw the rise and fall of his empire. Married at one time to Queen Mary I of England, who was this king who insisted his gout not stop him and was the recipient of one of the world's first wheelchairs?
7. This actor was widely known for playing Superman in the film titled the same name and its sequels. He went on to star in other films and plays. When he broke his neck in 1995, he switched to directing and also became an advocate for rights of disabled people. Not letting his wheelchair slow him down, who was this real-life super man?
8. This man was a respected doctor, columnist, and news contributor. He was a speech writer for Vice President Walter Mondale and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his work in the "Washington Post" newspaper. What many people did not know is that he was paralyzed from the waist down and used his injury to spur him on rather than get him down. Who was he?
9. This man is very well known for having played Frank N. Furter in the 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". However, he has also done theater and television work, as well as being a musical artist. After a stroke left him in a wheelchair, he paused long enough only to switch to voice acting and audiobooks. Who is this?
10. This man contracted polio just before he turned 40, but did not let that stop him from obtaining his political goal. In fact, he would go on to win a record four U.S. presidential elections. He led the country through a depression and a war. Who is this person ,who proved that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"?
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