Marlee Matlin

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Real Name: Marlee Beth Matlin
Birth Place: Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
Birth Date: August 24, 1965
Occupation: Actress, Producer, Soundtrack

Marlee Matlin Biography

Marlee Beth Matlin was born to Don and Libby Matlin; she was their third child. Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of 18 months. That didn't stop her, though, from acting in a children's theater 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." 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. 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 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, Marlee has even tried producing, being the executive producer for Where the Truth Lies (1999) (TV).

Marlee Matlin Movies / TV-Shows

Gone (2017)
Hollywood Medium (2016)
Quantico (2015)
The Magicians (2015)
Code Black (2015)
Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)
The One I Love (2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Foreclosed (2013)
Excision (2012)
Switched at Birth (2011)
Piers Morgan Live (2011)
The Great Food Truck Race (2010)
The Talk (2010)
Stand Up to Cancer (2010)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2010 (2010)
Glee (2009)
Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (2009)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008)
Chelsea Lately (2007)
Baby Einstein: Baby's Favorite Places First Words Around Town (2006)
What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole (2006)
Dancing with the Stars (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
My Name Is Earl (2005)
CSI: NY (2004)
Desperate Housewives (2004)
The L Word (2004)
The Apprentice (2004)
What the #$*! Do We (2004)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
The Division (2001)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
In Her Defense (1999)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
The West Wing (1999)
Two Shades of Blue (1999)
Family Guy (1999)
Judging Amy (1999)
Dead Silence (1997)
The Practice (1997)
It's My Party (1996)
The Daily Show (1996)
Blue's Clues (1996)
Spin City (1996)
The Outer Limits (1995)
ER (1994)
The Player (1992)
Picket Fences (1992)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)
The Linguini Incident (1991)
Seinfeld (1989)
Walker (1987)
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
Sesame Street (1969)

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