Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin
Matlin receiving a Motion Pictures Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009
Marlee Beth Matlin

(1965-08-24) August 24, 1965 (age 56)
Alma materHarper College
  • Actress
  • author
  • activist
Years active1986–present
Known forChildren of a Lesser God, Switched at Birth, The West Wing, The L Word, Quantico
Notable work
Kevin Grandalski
(m. 1993)
AwardsFull list

Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress, author, and deaf activist. For playing Sarah Norman in the romantic drama film Children of a Lesser God (1986), she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, becoming the only deaf performer to have won an Academy Award as well as the youngest Best Actress winner.[1][2][3][4]

Matlin's work in film and television has resulted in a Golden Globe award, with two additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. Deaf since she was 18 months old, due to illness and high fevers,[5] she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. Her longtime interpreter is Jack Jason.[6][7]

  1. ^ Renfro, Kim. "The 31 youngest Oscar nominees of all time". Insider. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Evry, Max. "The 25 Youngest Oscar Nominees of All Time". MTV News. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "The 59th Academy Awards Memorable Moments". | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. August 26, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Oscars: Marlee Matlin on her Best Actress win". Entertainment Weekly. February 21, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Matlin, Marlee (2009). I'll Scream Later. Simon and Schuster. p. 3. ISBN 9781439117637.
  6. ^ "Marlee Matlin: ‘Do What You Have To Do’", NPR, August 11, 2010.
  7. ^ Rick Rojas, "Jack Jason gives voice to, but doesn't talk over, Marlee Matlin", Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2011.

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