Erin Brockovich commented about the famous Hinkley, California vs PG&E lawsuit featured in the movie (starring Julia Roberts) and about using her dyslexia:
“I can still go through all 634 plaintiffs. I learned to do that because of my dyslexia. I had no real coping skills; I could not read and comprehend in my brain the way a lot of you do.
“So I learned most of everything in my life by memorization, and it paid off for me in Hinkley.
“I can be on page 550 and stop and go, “Wait a minute, that’s not what they said on page 69,” and go back and find the exact thing, because as I’m scanning, I’m memorizing.” [commonwealthclub.org Q & A, February 22, 2001]
Brockovich became Director of Environmental Research, Masry & Vititoe Law Offices.
Book: Take It From Me: Life’s a Struggle But You Can Win by Erin Brockovich
In their Dyslexic Advantage site post “Dyslexic Actor, Anthony Hopkins – Thor Interview”, Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide quote from a Biography Channel profile that Hopkins, due to his dyslexia, “preferred to paint and play the piano rather than making friends at school.”
Hopkins recalls: “I was lousy in school: a real screw-up, a moron. I was antisocial and didn’t bother with the other kids… I didn’t know what I was doing there. That’s why I became an actor.”
The Eides note Hopkins is distantly related to poet W.B. Yeats who also had dyslexia, and comment, “Hopkins’ work exemplifies dyslexic strengths with the music of language, social and nonverbal perception, seeing from multiple perspectives, and personal memory.”
Continued (with quotes by Henry Winkler, Richard Branson and others) in my Creative Mind post Dyslexia and Creativity.
Also see related article: Being Dyslexic With A Creative Mind – actors Keira Knightley, Whoopi Goldberg; writer Richard Ford; director Joe Wright and others.