Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Age
48
Birthday
Aug. 24th, 1965
Born in
Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
Height
5' 4

Marlee Matlin's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dancing With the Stars TV Show
Dancing With the Stars
Switched at Birth TV Show
Switched at Birth
The L Word TV Show
The L Word
Reasonable Doubts TV Show
Reasonable Doubts
 

Main Movie Roles

2004 - What the #$*! Do We now!?
1996 - It's My Party
1992 - The Player
1991 - The Linguini Incident
1986 - Children of a Lesser God

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Joey Lucas
17
Herself - Finalist
13
Mayor Laurie Bey
13
Ruby Whitlow
3
Stella (Voiced)
3
Librarian
2
Jennifer Winter
1
Gina Mitchum
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Marlee Beth Matlin (born on August 24, 1965), to Don and Libby Matlin; she was their third child. Matlin became deaf at the age of 18 months due to a bout with Roseola Infantum. That didn't stop her, though, from acting in a children's theatre company at age 7; 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". Matlin 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 Matlin 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. Matlin was nominated for an Emmy award in 1994 for her performance as Laurie Bey in the Picket Fences (1992) episode "Dancing Bandit." Matlin 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 is currently serving 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, Matlin has even tried producing, being the Executive Producer for Where the Truth Lies (1999). She is now an active character on the ABC Family television teen/family drama series Switched at Birth.


TRIVIA:
  • Used to live with 'William Hurt (I)' (qv).
  • As a child, she attended a synagogue for the deaf.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
  • Was married in 'Henry Winkler' (qv)'s (the Fonz's) backyard.
  • Youngest Winner to win the Oscar in the Best Actress Category at the age of 21.
  • Husband is a police officer.
  • Her daughter Sara was born on the same day an episode of _"Picket Fences" (1992)_ (qv) aired, in which her character, Laurie Bey, also gave birth.
  • Graduated from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL.


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