Marlee Matlin

by Dawn Schulz

(Las Vegas)

My favorite deaf person, by far, is Marlee Matlin — the youngest woman to ever win an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress (she won at age 21!)

Her role in “Children of a Lesser God” was brilliant. She was discovered through children’s theatre, and throughout her lifetime has appeared in a wide variety of shows, including: Sesame Street, Seinfeld, ER, Desperate Housewives, and Baby Einstein. She also sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLI and competed in “Dancing with the Stars” one season.

She is a truly beautiful and multi-talented woman, AND she’s deaf, which makes her even stronger!

Another admirable quality of Marlee’s is that she is heavily involved in a number of charitable causes, such as VSA Arts, the Red Cross, and the Children Affected by AIDS foundation. President Clinton even appointed her to the Corporation for National Service due to her outstanding efforts as a volunteer.

She recently released an autobiography that describes her entire life journey up to now, and it is remarkable what she has overcome on a personal level, let alone on a professional one.

I truly believe that she is a wonderful role model for any performer, deaf person, or woman, for that matter. She definitely deserves her place in the ranks of deaf history, film history, and American history.

Comments for Marlee Matlin

Jan 30, 2010

Marlee Matlin

by: Brenda L Dawe


Thank you for reminding us of what this very talented actress has done in Mainstream media and in volunteer work.

I saw her hosting “Exreme Home Makeover” the time they built a new house for the Vardon family in Detroit… Deaf parents, blind autistic son and one hearing teen. (The Vardon’s actually presented at the last Michigan Deaf Assoc. biannual conference this past summer.)

A little closer to home… Deaf friends of ours were cellebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and their daughter contacted MM about how much her mother admired her work and asked if MM would send them a card. She did that and MORE… Imagine the look of shock when the daughter handed the couple a large bouquet of flowers and the wife read, “Congratulations on 50 years of marriage…hugs, Marlie Matlin.”


Jan 29, 2010

Awesome!

by: Michelle Jay – Webmaster


Marlee Matlin truly is an amazing woman, and I’m so glad you chose her as your favorite! Thank you for sharing! 🙂


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