By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

27 Famous People You Didn’t Know Had Dyslexia.

Dyslexia is pretty common in the world of medical diagnoses, but there are a lot of misconceptions about the condition: What it is, how it manifests, and what "type" of person has it. Also known as the "reading disorder," dyslexia affects people's ability to process words written on a page, to varying degrees. Often, those with dyslexia have a really difficult time in school, and they are dismissed as being difficult, aimless, or of low intelligence.

However, this list is a testament to the fact that these misconceptions are simply not true. Some of the greatest artists, thinkers, and visionaries of our time have been diagnosed with dyslexia, and some of the people on this list just may surprise you.

#1. Keira Knightley

When the actress was six, she still couldn't read: So she pretended she could so her parents wouldn't know there was a problem. Eventually her mom picked up on her ruse, and the doctor diagnosed her with dyslexia.

#2. Pablo Picasso

Tests have shown that people with dyslexia have a better understanding of space, so it might make sense that this iconic artist had it.

Pablo Picasso

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#3. Orlando Bloom

"The gift of dyslexia was that I learned everything forward and backward, inside out, so I was fully prepared when it came to acting," the actor once said at an event. "I had to learn everything so that I wouldn’t have stage fright or the lines wouldn’t fall out of my mind. I was terrified that with my dyslexia, I would not be able to retain the dialogue. So I suppose I had a good handle on language, in a sense, at a young age."

#4. William Hewlett

Hard to believe that one of the fathers of Silicon Valley and eventual co-founder of Hewlett-Packard had dyslexia, but it's true.

William Hewlett

#5. Erin Brockovich

My high school teachers would not have believed I could have read all those briefs," the famous legal clerk said an interview. "Early on I was told I probably wouldn't make it through college. I knew I wasn't stupid, but I had great hardships in school -- since second grade."

Erin Brockovich

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