Julia Tavalaro


Age: 68

poet and author who nearly completely paraylzed from a series of strokes in 1966 at the age of 31, who remained completely cognizant but was unable to communicate this to anyone for 6 years (everyone including doctors felt her mind was not present), who was institutionalized alone with her thoughts and fears and unable even to commit suicide, but who eventually was able to communicate to speech therapist Arlene Kratt through eye movements, and whose story came to media attention in 1995 through newspaper and magazine articles and the 1997 book about her life and ordeal Look Up For Yes.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: January 31, 1935

Died: December 19, 2003

New York City, New York