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Marlee Matlin

Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's theater company at age seven; she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Her deafness never held her back. As an adult she said it so eloquently: "I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally." Marlee studied criminal justice at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and maintained her passion for acting after graduating. While performing on stage throughout Chicago and the Midwest, Marlee attracted notice for her performance in a production of the Tony Award-winning play "Children of a Lesser God" and was cast in the movie version, Children of a Lesser God (1986). Although this was her film debut, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. While shooting her next movie, Walker (1987), in Nicaragua, big-hearted Marlee took time to visit both hearing and hearing-impaired children. She continued this tradition of visiting local children throughout her travels to Germany, England, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Canada, etc.Her interest in the criminal justice field played a part in her on screen career; she portrayed an assistant D.A. in the TV series Reasonable Doubts (1991), while off screen she married police officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993. The couple has four children. Marlee was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1994 for her performance as Laurie Bey in the Picket Fences (1992) episode "Dancing Bandit." Marlee is also a spokeswoman for the National Captioning Institute. In 1995, she testified at a congressional hearing and helped get a law passed that requires all TV sets 13 inches or larger to be manufactured with built-in chips to provide closed captioning on their screens; this was a godsend for deaf viewers.Marlee serves as the national spokeswoman for the largest provider of TV closed captioning, and has spoken on behalf of CC in countries such as Australia, England, France, and Italy. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, including Very Special Arts, the Starlight Foundation, and other charities that primarily benefit children. As someone who loves children so much, it is only fitting that she has four of her own. Professionally, Marlee has even tried producing, being the executive producer for Where the Truth Lies (1999).


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Born:
Aug 24, 1965 In Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
32
First Appeared:
In the series The Oprah Winfrey Show 1986-01-07
Latest Project:
Series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey 2014-03-09

Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Glee
Poster of My Name Is Earl
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of Seinfeld
Filmography
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Unknown 2014-03-09
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
Switched at Birth Melody Bledsoe 46 episodes, 2011-2017 2011-06-06
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
My Name Is Earl Unknown 2005-09-20
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
The L Word Jodi Lerner 29 episodes, 2007-2009 2004-01-18
CSI: NY Unknown 2004-09-22
Desperate Housewives Unknown 2004-10-03
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Unknown 2003-12-03
The Division Unknown 2001-01-07
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Blue's Clues Unknown 1996-09-08
Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Picket Fences Unknown 1992-09-18
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07