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As a child, Emily Blunt had a stutter that was so bad, she could hardly say her own name. "The misdiagnosis [was] that I was a tense child," Blunt says. "And I wasn't. I was desperate to speak." John Phillips/AP hide caption

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My Big Break

Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

The actress stars in the new film Into the Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.

As a child, Emily Blunt had a stutter that was so bad, she could hardly say her own name. "The misdiagnosis [was] that I was a tense child," Blunt says. "And I wasn't. I was desperate to speak." John Phillips/AP hide caption

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Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

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Whiteness Project participants were filmed talking about race. The project doesn't use their names, to encourage frankness. Feral Films, Inc. hide caption

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The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

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Wolf celebrated Hanukkah in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank last year. As the holiday approached, she felt lonely, until her Palestinian host mother and a few neighbors came to watch her light candles on her portable tin menorah and hear her explain the holiday story. Courtesy of Amelia Wolf hide caption

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Celebrating Hanukkah In A Palestinian City

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This scraggly 50-foot Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pa., became a symbol for a town hit by tough economic times to rally behind. Ben Allen/WITF hide caption

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It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together

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Anthony Hamilton's first Christmas album is called Home for the Holidays. LaVan Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

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