Marlee Matlin
Actress
Marlee Matlin
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This Is What The Oscars Looked Like In 1987
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Discovering Deafness Through Children's Literature
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Literature is one of the most powerful ways we come to understand society and our place in it. Through books, children learn about relationships, conflicts, empathy, morality, and how to classify their own emotions. Stepping into the lives of fictional characters, kids can experience a wide array of influential events in a very meaningful way-- travel, adventure danger, love, loss, death-- expanding their perspective, while remaining in a safe environment. When choosing books for young children, then, it is important to consider the reality that is presented. Does your child's library reflect the multiculturalism of the world we live in? Books that feature deaf/ hard of hearing characters or protagonists should be added to every child's collection! Whether you are the parent of a deaf child or the parent of a hearing child, introducing developing young minds to deafness can help cultivate an appreciation for human diversity. 10 Reasons There Should Be Deaf Characters In Your C ...
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In Defense of Human Hillary
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And Trump is just a pig. I am a good person. And, being a good person, I consider it a near certainty that you are also a good person. No kidding -- almost everybody we know is good. I am sure that almost everybody in the Republican Party is essentially good, even though I love Barack Obama, another person we have overwhelming evidence is essentially good. What is funny and ironic about what I have just said is how true and correct it is while at the same time being so completely disagreed with by almost everybody encountering it. Republicans ask, "Obama is good? Hillary is good?" Democrats ask, "Republicans are good? Paul Ryan is good?" Even Donald Trump? Now... I did say almost everybody. Being human and good, I am struck by how many flaws I have. I wash and so forth, but I am perhaps the messiest person alive -- Oscar Madison territory, except for the food. Like, you will never find a half-eaten sandwich in my old pants pocket, but you might find a small p ...
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In Donald Trump's America, People With Disabilities Are 'Retards' To Be Mocked
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With each new revelation of a callous comment or misdeed from his past, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump alienates part of America’s population. This week’s target: people with disabilities — especially those who are deaf. Trump repeatedly called Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin “retarded” and directed demeaning sexual comments toward her on his show “The Apprentice” back in 2011, according to The Daily Beast. Trump would mock the sound of Matlin’s voice and treat her as if she were intellectually disabled. Matlin is deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. Matlin responded to the report on Friday, tweeting a statement that the word “retarded” is abhorrent to her, and that discrimination is a serious issue for millions of people in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing. She promised she would use her voice to make herself heard in the election. My response to recent media reports - Marlee. pic.twitter.com/Mkrbh47dUO — Marlee Matlin (@MarleeM ...
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Marlee Matlin Responds To Reports Donald Trump Mocked Her For Being Deaf
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Actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, issued a statement Friday in response to The Daily Beast’s report that Donald Trump repeatedly referred to her as “retarded” during her time on “Celebrity Apprentice.”  “The term is abhorrent and should never be used,” Matlin said. “The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in history has upset me deeply.”  The Academy Award–winning actress, who appeared on Trump’s reality show in 2011, explained that Trump’s words reflected the “discrimination and misunderstanding” millions of people like her face every day. Though Trump has yet to respond to The Daily Beast’s report, he has a storied history of using the offensive slur.  But instead of stooping to Trump’s vulgar level in her statement, Matlin went out on a very Michelle Obama–like “When they go low, we go high” moment.  “So, what’s my response? It’s not about insults or taking each other down,” the actress said. “As a person who is Deaf, as a woman, as a m ...
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Marlee Matlin Responds To Reports Donald Trump Mocked Her For Being Deaf
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Actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, issued a statement Friday in response to The Daily Beast’s report that Donald Trump repeatedly referred to her as “retarded” during her time on “Celebrity Apprentice.”  “The term is abhorrent and should never be used,” Matlin said. “The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in history has upset me deeply.”  More...
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Lady Gaga Will Sing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl
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Here's another reason to go gaga for the Super Bowl this Sunday: Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem before the game on Feb. 7.  The NFL announced Tuesday that the "Pokerface" singer will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos. She’ll be singing alongside Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, who will perform in American Sign Language during the anthem. That's quite an act to follow for the half-time show performers, Beyonce and Coldplay.  It's only fitting that a Super Bowl 50 performance is the next stop for Gaga in her 2016 takeover.  Earlier Tuesday, the news broke that she will perform an "experimental tribute" to the late singer and cultural icon David Bowie at the Grammys on Feb. 15, and she's already nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Til It Happens To You.” Lady Gaga also scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original ...
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Lady Gaga Will Sing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl
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Here's another reason to go gaga for the Super Bowl this Sunday: Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem before the game on Feb. 7.  The NFL announced Tuesday that the "Pokerface" singer will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos. She’ll be singing alongside Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, who will perform in American Sign Language during the anthem. That's quite an act to follow for the half-time show performers, Beyonce and Coldplay.  It's only fitting that a Super Bowl 50 performance is the next stop for Gaga in her 2016 takeover.  Earlier Tuesday, the news broke that she will perform an "experimental tribute" to the late singer and cultural icon David Bowie at the Grammys on Feb. 15, and she's already nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Til It Happens To You.” Lady Gaga also scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original ...
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'The World Is Emptier Now': Celebrity Fans And Friends Pay Tribute To David Bowie
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The world was stunned early Monday morning with the news of a legend’s passing: David Bowie, artistic chameleon and Grammy-winning songwriter, died after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. In the wake of the news, Twitter and Facebook were overwhelmed with tributes from Bowie fans around the world. From U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and British astronaut Tim Peake to some of the planet's most influential entertainers, there was a deluge of love and awe for the extraordinary man:  I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016 Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016 Stunned and sad. The world is emptier now, and all they stars crashing down. My love and sympathies to @ManMade ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marlee Matlin
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    In September 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the revival production of the musical Spring Awakening.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    On July 26, 2010, Matlin signed a speech at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    More Details Hide Details She was a finalist on the NBC show The Celebrity Apprentice, competing to win money for her charity, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, finishing in second place. However, on one episode of The Celebrity Apprentice ("The Art of the Deal" aired on April 3, 2011), Matlin raised more funds than had ever been raised for charity in a single event on any television show before ($986,000). Donald Trump then donated an additional $14,000 to make the contribution an even million. Marlee also acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for disability rights. She currently plays the recurring character Melody Bledsoe on the ABC Family television teen/family drama series Switched at Birth.
    On March 29, 2010, Matlin uploaded the pilot to YouTube and launched a viral marketing campaign.
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    In 2010, Matlin produced a pilot for a reality show entitled My Deaf Family, which she presented to various national network executives.
    More Details Hide Details Although they expressed interest, no network purchased rights to the show for ongoing production.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    On November 8, 2009, Matlin appeared on Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein.
    More Details Hide Details After Borstein imitated Matlin calling MovieFone and singing "Poker Face", Matlin herself appeared and launched into a comical tirade against Borstein over being made fun of, and how she was not invited to provide her own voice for Family Guy. Matlin went on to voice Stella, Peter's coworker, in the Season 10 episode "The Blind Side" which has since turned into a recurring role.
    On May 6, 2009, Matlin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    On February 18, 2008, it was announced that Matlin would participate as a competitor in the sixth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details Her dance partner was newcomer Fabian Sanchez. Matlin and Sanchez were the sixth couple eliminated from the competition.
    In January 2008, she appeared on Nip/Tuck as a television executive.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    On February 4, 2007 and February 7, 2016, Matlin interpreted the "Star Spangled Banner" in American Sign Language at Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida and at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, respectively.
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  • 2006
    Age 40
    In 2006, she played a deaf parent in Desperate Housewives.
    More Details Hide Details She also had a recurring role as Joy Turner's (who made many jokes of Marlee's deafness at her expense) public defender in My Name Is Earl and played the mother of one of the victims in an episode of CSI: NY. That same year, Matlin was cast in season 4 of The L Word as Jodi Lerner, a gay sculptor. She appeared in season 4 (2007), season 5 (2008) and season 6 (2009) as the girlfriend of one of the show's protagonists, Bette Porter (played by Jennifer Beals).
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 38
    She also hosted the 3rd annual Festival for Cinema of the Deaf in Chicago, October 15–18, 2004.
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    In 2004, she starred in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? as Amanda.
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  • 2002
    Age 36
    In 2002, Matlin published her first novel, Deaf Child Crossing, which was loosely based on her own childhood.
    More Details Hide Details She later wrote and published a sequel titled Nobody's Perfect, which was produced on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in partnership with VSA Arts in October 2007.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    She was appointed by President Clinton in 1994 to the Corporation for National Service and served as chair of National Volunteer Week.
    More Details Hide Details Matlin was a participant in the first-ever national television advertising campaign supporting donations to Jewish federations. The program featured "film and television personalities celebrating their Jewish heritage and promoting charitable giving to the Jewish community" and included Greg Grunberg, Joshua Malina, Kevin Weisman, and Jonathan Silverman. Matlin received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Gallaudet University in 1987. In October 2007, she was appointed to the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. In 1988, Matlin received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    Matlin married Burbank police officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993, at the home of actor Henry Winkler, five days after her 28th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details They first met while she was filming a scene from Reasonable Doubts outside the studio grounds; the police department had assigned Grandalski to provide security and control traffic. They have four children: Sarah (born 1996), Brandon (born 2000), Tyler (born 2002), and Isabelle (born 2003).
  • 1989
    Age 23
    In 1989, she played a deaf widow in Bridge to Silence.
    More Details Hide Details Matlin was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her work as the lead female role in the television series Reasonable Doubts (1991–1993) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for a guest appearance in Picket Fences. She became a regular on the series during its final season. She portrayed Carrie Buck in the television drama Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (1994) based on the United States Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell 274 U.S. 200 (1927). In the movie, Matlin played a hearing woman for the first time and earned a CableACE Nomination as Best Actress. Matlin later had recurring roles in The West Wing, and Blue's Clues. Other television appearances include Seinfeld ("The Lip Reader"), The Outer Limits ("The Message"), ER, The Practice and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for her guest appearances in Seinfeld, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Practice.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    Matlin attended the 1987 Oscars to present the Academy Award for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details After signing her introduction in ASL, she spoke aloud the "names of the nominees" and of Michael Douglas, the winner. On April 14, 2009, Matlin released an autobiography, I'll Scream Later. In it she describes her drug abuse and how it drove her to check herself into Betty Ford. She also tells about her rocky, two-year relationship with actor William Hurt, who she claims was physically abusive to her and abused drugs during that time. She also addresses the sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child at the hands of her female babysitter. She enjoys a sense of humor about her deafness: "Often I’m talking to people through my speaker phone, and after 10 minutes or so they say, 'Wait a minute, Marlee, how can you hear me?' They forget I have an interpreter there who is signing to me as they talk. So I say, 'You know what? I can hear on Wednesdays.'"
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on August 24, 1965.
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