Remembering Andrea Fay Friedman: The New York Times said that her father said she hadn’t been able to talk in a year before she died.
People praised Andrea Fay Friedman for making a big difference in how disabled people, especially those with Down syndrome, are portrayed and seen. It was famous that she played people with Down syndrome, and her father talked about how they saw it as a “up disorder,” according to the New York Times. In 1992 and 1993, Andrea had a great career, and her role in “Life Goes On” earned her praise.
Remembering Andrea Fay Friedman
It was American actor Andrea Fay Friedman who broke down boundaries and improved how people with Down syndrome were portrayed in the entertainment business.
Her groundbreaking role as Amanda Swanson on the TV show “Life Goes On” (1989–1993) busted myths and showed how a teen with Down syndrome really interacted with others and went about her daily life.
In addition to “Life Goes On,” Friedman had roles in a number of other movies and TV shows, showing how versatile she was. There are parts she has played on TV in “Family Guy,” “ER,” “Baywatch,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “ER.”
in the “Family Guy” episode “Extra Large Medium,” she did her first voice-over job as Ellen, a character with Down syndrome. Friedman’s work shows how committed she is to getting people in the entertainment business to understand and show people with Down syndrome more accurately.
In addition to her successful starring career, Friedman did a lot of important things outside of show business. As an assistant teacher in UCLA’s Pathway program, she helped students with disabilities make the move to living on their own.