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Emily Blunt opens up about stuttering, which afflicted actors from Marilyn Monroe to Bruce Willis

Emily Blunt's new movie "The Quiet Place" is about a family who tries to live silently, lest terrible things befall them. She won't be speaking much - which is a tad unusual for the British actress. More often, her roles display flawless vocal abilities, via her American accents ("The Girl on the Train," "Sicario") and singing ("Into the Woods," upcoming "Mary Poppins").

So it's difficult to believe that Blunt spent her childhood bullied for a nearly debilitating stutter. But that might be what helped launch her acting career.

On the cusp of her teenage years, Blunt was relentlessly mocked by her classmates. As a defense...