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About Ricardo:

Movie about Ricardo starting Kirstie Alley (Cheers)

Timeline of Ricardo and Donna Thornton
  • 1953: Donna Lee Selby is born on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

  • 1958: Ricardo Thornton is born on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

  • 1963: Donna enters Forest Haven Institution in Washington, D.C.

  • 1966: Ricardo enters Forest Haven

  • 1970: Donna takes her first job working at McDonalds in Washington, D.C.

  • 1978: Ricardo leaves Forest Haven to live in a group home. He begins working as a processor at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library where he continues to work today

  • 1979: Donna leaves Forest Haven to live independently for the first time. She takes up residence in an apartment in Washington, D.C. with her friend, Margaret

  • 1983: Ricardo proposes marriage to Donna.

  • 1984: Donna and Ricardo are married, going against Social Services rules

  • 1986: Donna and Ricardo's story is first told by Mike Wallace on CBS News 60 Minutes on Feb. 16 

  • 1986: Their son Ricky Thornton is born on Dec. 4

  • 1987: Donna begins working as a housekeeper at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she continues to work today

  • 1990: Follow-up story on Donna and Ricardo and their son, Ricky, is broadcast on "CBS News 60 Minutes on April 29

  • 1993: Ricardo begins speaking on behalf of Special Olympics as one of their Global Messengers

  • 1997: Ricardo is named one of 15 "1997 Washingtonians of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine

  • 2001: Ricardo participates in Special Olympics African Hope, in an event to raise awareness and promote acceptance of people with mental retardation throughout Africa; Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association gives Ricardo the SGMA Heroes Award for his outstanding hard work and dedication to Special Olympics Washington, D.C.

  • 2002: Washington, D.C. Commission on National and Community Service honors Ricardo as one of the first recipients of the Mayor's Community Service Award for his work with Special Olympics.
Some Facts About Kirstie Alley
  • Kirstie Alley was born in Wichita, Kan., Jan. 12, 1955

  • Alley attended Southeast High School in Wichita.

  • She appeared as a contestant on "The Match Game" in the 1980s

  • Appeared on "Password Plus!" in 1980; Identified herself as an interior designer who just moved to Los Angeles from Wichita

  • The only living former "Cheers" cast member who has yet to appear on the show's spin-off series, "Frasier"

  • Alley made her first recognizable film appearance as the beautiful Vulcan Lt. Saavik in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982)

  • She followed the "Star Trek" movie with "Champions" (1983), "Blind Date" and "Runaway" (both 1984), the teen comedy "Summer School" (1987), the hit "Look Who's Talking" (1989), the less successful sequels "Look Who's Talking Too" (1990) and "Look Who's Talking Now" (1993), to name a few. 
  • Some of Alley television credit includes "A Bunny's Tale" (ABC, 1985), the successful miniseries "North and South" (ABC, 1985), "Cheers" (NBC, 1987), and "Veronica's Closet" (NBC, 1997)


My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 3

5:30pm PST

Friday, December 4

2:10pm PST