14 Essential Facts About Marlee Matlin

1. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God , and is both the only deaf performer to win the award, and, at 21, the youngest to date.

2. Her work in film and television has resulted in a Golden Globe award, with two additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations.

3. Deaf since she was 18 months old, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf.

4. Matlin was born in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby , an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers, Eric and Marc.

5. She lost all hearing in her right ear and 80% of the hearing in her left ear at the age of 18 months.

6. Two years later, she made a guest appearance on Sesame Street with Billy Joel performing a revised version of Just the Way You Are with lyrics by Tony Geiss.

7. Matlin a été nominé pour un Golden Globe Award pour son travail que le rôle féminin principal dans la série télévisée Reasonable Doubts et a été nominé pour un Emmy Award pour une apparence d'invité dans Picket Fences.

8. She became a regular on the series during its final season.

9. She portrayed Carrie Buck in the television drama Against Her Will: L'histoire Carrie Buck basée sur la Cour suprême des États-Unis Buck cas v.

10. In the movie, Matlin played a hearing woman for the first time and earned a CableACE Nomination as Best Actress.

11. Other television appearances include Seinfeld , ER, The Practice and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

12. Dans 2002, Matlin published her first novel, Deaf Child Crossing, which was loosely based on her own childhood.

13. Dans 2004, she starred in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? as Amanda.

14. She also hosted the 3rd annual Festival for Cinema of the Deaf in Chicago, October 15–18, 2004.

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