Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Beth Matlin is an American actress, author, and activist. For playing Sarah Norman in the romantic drama film Children of a Lesser God (1986), Matlin won the Academy Award for Best Actress (among other accolades), becoming the only deaf performer to have won an Academy Award as well as the youngest winner in the Best Actress category.Matlin starred in the police drama series Reasonable Doubts (1991–1993) which earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations. Her guest roles in Seinfeld (1993), Picket Fences (1993), The Practice (2000), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2004–05) earned her a collective four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Her role in CODA (2021) earned her nominations for a Satellite Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Being deaf since she was 18 months old, due to illness and high fevers, Matlin is a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. Her longtime interpreter is Jack Jason. In 1993, she married Kevin Grandalski, with whom she has had four children.




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