American Horror Story

American Horror Story/FX/2011-2017 (Down Syndrome)

Adelaide “Addie” Langdon (Jamie Brewer),  young woman with Down Syndrome who is the daughter of Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange). They live next door to a haunted mansion called “The Murder House” in Los Angeles, California.

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We first see Addy (Katelyn Reed) in the 1970s warning her twin brothers Troy and Brian not to go into “The Murder House.” Addy tries to tell the boys they will die if they enter the house, but they enter, begin to vandalize the place and they are killed, just as Addy prophesied.

Now grown up, Addy once again warns the new residents of the Murder House they will die, but the Harmons dismiss Addy’s statement as being a playful statement.

Meanwhile, Addy is drawn to the house and the Harmons discover Addy has entered their home on a number occasion. Addy visits the house to play with her friends, which turn out to be ghostly spirits of people who have died in the building, which include the ghosts of her brothers, Troy and Brian.

When Addy discovers home invaders have broken into house, she runs to tell her mother, but Constance refuses to listen and locks her daughter in a closet (“The Bad Girls Room”) whose walls are lined with mirrors, forcing Addy to look at her face, which her mother tells her is ugly.

When Halloween arrives, Addy asks if she can be a pretty girl. Constance provides Addy with a rubber mask of a pretty girl and Addy leaves to go trick or treating. Unfortunately, Addy is killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in 2011.

In an effort to save her daughter, Constance drags Addy toward the Murder House in hopes that her spirit would somehow attach itself to the place and thus, keep Addy there for her mother. But Addy dies before that could happens. At the morgue, a now remorseful Constance applies makeup to Addy’s face and calls her daughter beautiful.

Later, with the help of a medium, Constance communicates with Addy’s spirit who tells her mother she was glad that her ghost had not been trapped in the Murder House.

Note: Jamie Brewer, who played Addy in the first installment of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: MURDER HOUSE returned in more stories. In the third season, COVEN, she plays Nan, a young enigmatic witch and clairvoyant who attended Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. In the fourth season, FREAK SHOW, she appeared as a living ventriloquist doll named Marjorie.

Born with Down syndrome on February 5, 1985, Jamie Brewer began acting in 1999. She has trained at ‘The Groundlings Theatre and School’, and continues her training through the theatre and in improvisation at ‘The Ruskin School of Acting’.

She has been involved with a several non-profit organizations, including DSALA, DSiAM, BTAP, National Down Syndrome Congress, American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States, and Civitan International.

On February 12, 2015, she became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway during New York Fashion Week when she took part in Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign.

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Another disabled character to appear on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: MURDER HOUSE was a disfigured man named Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare), a former resident of the Murder House whose wife and child burned in a fire. He was in love with Constance Langdon, but she never reciprocated his emotions.

Constance’s son Tate was the one responsible for Larry’s burns. He knew that Larry killed his brother, Beauregard, and retaliated by dousing Larry with lighter fluid and setting him on fire. In 1994, Tate Langdon murdered 15 people with a shotgun at Westfield High School.

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