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Marlee Matlin Biography

Birth Place:
Morton Grove, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Lost her hearing at 18 months of age, after contracting roseola
  • Was 12 when she met Henry Winkler, who encouraged her to pursue her acting dreams
  • In 1986, at the age of 21, was the youngest performer to receive a Best Actress Oscar (for Children of a Lesser God)
  • Husband Kevin knew how to sign before meeting her; he had taken a course in college to fulfill a language requirement
  • In 1993, performed the national anthem in American Sign Language at Super Bowl XXVII as Garth Brooks sang
  • Competed on the sixth season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009
  • Very active in charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross and Easter Seals
  • Has written books for children, beginning in 2002 with Deaf Child Crossing

Awards

  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1986Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner

Relationships