Anne Sullivan
Anne Sullivan
Actor Severn Thompson
Seen 8 Footsteps
Gender Female
Status Historical
Relationships Helen Keller, teacher and companion
Job Teacher
Comments This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity.

Johanna Mansfield Sullivan Macy  (1866 –1936), better known as Anne Sullivan, was an American teacher, best known for being the instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller. She appears in Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries.


Born in Feeding Hills, Agawam, Massachusetts, at the age of five, Anne Sullivan contracted trachoma which left her vision impaired for life. She received her education as a student of the Perkins School for the Blind. The summer following graduation, the director of the Perkins Institution, Michael Anagnos, was contacted by Arthur Keller, who was in search of a teacher for his 7-year-old blind and deaf daughter, Helen.

On May 3, 1905, Anne Sullivan married Harvard University instructor and literary critic, John Albert Macy (1877–1932), who had helped Keller with her publications.

In 1932 Keller and Sullivan were each awarded honorary fellowships from the Educational Institute of Scotland. They also were awarded honorary degrees from Temple University. In 1955 Sullivan was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University, and in 1956 the director's cottage at the Perkins School was named the Keller-Macy Cottage.

Sullivan had been seriously visually impaired for almost all of her life, but by 1935 she was completely blind in both eyes. On October 15, 1936, she suffered a coronary thrombosis, fell into a coma, and died five days later on October 20 at age 70, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York with Keller holding her hand.

Appearances and Mentions

8 Footsteps



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