"The Marilu Show" is a daytime talk show hosted by Marilu Henner. On February 2, 1995 on NBC, "The Marilu Show" featured a one-hour program devoted to the subject of stuttering.
Four guests were featured on the program. Speech-language Pathologist and authority on stuttering Vivian Sheehan, M.A. offered Marilu insight into the nature of stuttering and spoke about her husband, the late Dr. Joseph G. Sheehan, with whom she began a clinic for people who stutter at UCLA over 45 years ago. This Stutterers Group still meets once a week at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
Allan Holzman, the award-winning director of "Message" and the documentary "NO WORDS TO SAY," explained to Marilu what he believes are the childhood experiences associated with the onset of his own stuttering and related some humorous experiences he's had growing up with the speech disability.
Another guest, Etta Milton, reflected on her experiences as a person who stutters and is seen in footage from the "Art Linkletter Show" 25 years ago struggling to say her own name, yet able to sing a song with ease.
Other guests included "NYPD BLUE" star Gordon Clapp and voice actor Noel Blanc. Mr. Clapp plays a police lieutenant who stutters. Mr. Blanc is the son of famous cartoon voice talent Mel Blanc, creator of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and hundreds of other characters. Noel Blanc demonstrated how he is able to continue the tradition.
"The Marilu Show" was taped before a live audience that included National Stuttering Project officers Annie Bradberry and Ira Zimmerman, among others.