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      Marlee Matlin

      Marlee Matlin

      Highest Rated: 94% CODA (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)

      Birthday: Aug 24, 1965

      Birthplace: Morton Grove, Illinois, USA

      Deaf almost from birth, actress Marlee Matlin became a respected Academy Award-winning actress. Born in Morton Grove, Illinois, she lost most of her hearing while still a baby. She began performing on stage as a youngster in productions with other hearing-impaired youth. She came to the attention of actor Henry Winkler who encouraged her to continue acting. Just out of her teens, she was cast opposite William Hurt in the drama "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), the film adaptation of Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning play. Matlin starred as Sarah Norman, a reluctant to communicate deaf woman who becomes romantically involved with one of her teachers. The role earned her the Oscar for Best Actress, making her at 21 the youngest actress to win the award. Despite the success, she initially struggled to find follow-up roles. She had a supporting role in the drug drama "Walker" (1987) and starred in the television film "Bridge to Silence" (CBS, 1989). Her career began to find a groove in the 1990s. After starring in the French film "L'homme au masque d'or" (1990) with Jean Reno, she began finding steady work. She starred in the big screen thriller "Hear No Evil" (1993) and co-starred with Mark Harmon in the legal drama "Reasonable Doubt" (ABC, 1991-93). She had a memorable cameo appearance in Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992), as well as on "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-98), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). David E. Kelley cast her in the recurring role of Mayor Laurie Bey in his "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96). She also played a non-hearing-impaired character for the first time when she starred in the TV movie "Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story" (Lifetime, 1994), playing a woman who was forcibly sterilized by the state of Virginia. She found steady work as well in films such as "It's My Party" (1996), "When Justice Falls" (1999), and "In Her Defense" (1999). An advocate of closed captioning, Matlin was instrumental in getting legislation passed requiring televisions to be outfitted with the technology necessary to provide the service. At the turn of the century, the actress began appearing on a recurring basis on Aaron Sorkin's presidential drama "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) playing political strategist Joey Lucas. She worked steadily on television, including guest appearances on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-12) and "My Name is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09). She had a recurring role on the LBGTQ landmark series "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09) playing deaf sculptor Jodi Lerner, one of the love interests of Jennifer Beals' Bette Porter. She played a guidance counselor and the mother of Sean Berdy's deaf character Emmett on the teen drama "Switched at Birth" (Freeform, 2011-17). The actress also appeared as a contestant on both "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2008-17). She continued her run of playing recurring characters, joining both "The Magicians" (Syfy, 2015- ) and "Quantico" (ABC, 2015-18) in that capacity. She also appeared on "This Close" (Sundance, 2018- ), a show created by deaf actors Joshua Feldman and Shoshannah Stern about hearing impaired best friends living in Los Angeles. Matlin then played the mother of fellow deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank in the sci-fi thriller "Entangled" (2020).

      Highest rated movies

      CODA
      Excision
      The One I Love
      Children of a Lesser God
      It's My Party
      Walker
      What the Bleep Do We Know!?
      Hear No Evil

      Photos

      Marlee Matlin Marlee Matlin at arrivals for CALIFORNICATION and WEEDS Season 3 Premiere Screening, ArcLight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA, August 01, 2007. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Marlee Matlin at arrivals for CALIFORNICATION and WEEDS Season 3 Premiere Screening, ArcLight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA, August 01, 2007. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Marlee Matlin at arrivals for Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, Sony Studios, Los Angeles, CA August 27, 2016. Photo By: Michael Germana/Everett Collection HEAR NO EVIL, Marlee Matlin, director Robert Greenwald, 1993, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!?, Director Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin, on set, 2004, (c) Samuel Goldwyn Comedy Central Roasts, Marlee Matlin, ©CC IT'S MY PARTY, (back) Joel Polis, George Segal, Gregory Harrison, Bronson Pinchot, Dimitra Arliss, (center) Marlee Matlin, Eric Roberts, Lee Grant, (front) Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Cho, Paul Regina, 1996, (c) United Artists CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Marlee Matlin, Linda Bove, 1986, (c)Paramount CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, 1986 CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, from left: Marlee Matlin, William Hurt, 1986, © Paramount CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Marlee Matlin, 1986 CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Piper Laurie, Marlee Matlin, 1986, (c)Paramount Switched at Birth, Marlee Matlin, 'To Repel Ghosts', Season 4, Ep. #11, 08/24/2015, ©FREEFORM Switched at Birth, Marlee Matlin, 'A Mad Tea Party', Season 4, Ep. #19, 10/19/2015, ©FREEFORM HEAR NO EVIL, Marlee Matlin, D.B. Sweeney, 1993, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. IT'S MY PARTY, George Segal, Marlee Matlin, Eric Roberts, Lee Grant, Dimitra Arliss, 1996, (c)United Artists Comedy Central Roasts, Marlee Matlin (L), Gilbert Gottfried (R), ©CC WALKER, Ed Harris, Marlee Matlin, 1987. ©Universal HEAR NO EVIL, Marlee Matlin, D.B. Sweeney, 1993, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      94% 91% CODA Jackie Rossi (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 30% Multiverse Dierdre (Character) - 2019
      6% 30% Some Kind of Beautiful Cindy (Character) - 2014
      82% 76% The One I Love Diner Patron (Character) $511.6K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Foreclosed Ally Turner (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 67% No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie Self - 2013
      86% 61% Excision Amber (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 73% Sweet Nothing in My Ear Laura Miller (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Einstein: My First Signs Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Einstein - Baby's Favorite Places First Words Around Town Unknown (Character) - 2006
      34% 69% What the Bleep Do We Know!? Lead (Character) $10.9M 2004
      No Score Yet 49% Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off Executive Producer - 2003
      No Score Yet 40% Askari Paula McKinley (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 62% Kiss My Act Casey (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 74% Freak City Cassandra (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 62% Where the Truth Lies Dana Sue Lacey (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue Beth McDaniels (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 40% In Her Defense Jane Claire (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 33% When Justice Fails Katy Wesson (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 28% Dead Silence Melanie Charrol (Character) - 1997
      50% 79% It's My Party Daphne Stark (Character) $562.0K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snitch Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story Carrie Buck (Character) - 1994
      20% 35% Hear No Evil Jillian Shanahan (Character) $5.2M 1993
      No Score Yet 76% The Linguini Incident Jeanette (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 56% Bridge to Silence Peggy Lawrence (Character) - 1989
      44% 65% Walker Ellen Martin (Character) $216.1K 1987
      80% 78% Children of a Lesser God Sarah Norman (Character) $26.8M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      61% 60% Accused Director 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021-2023
      No Score Yet 52% New Amsterdam Bev Clemons (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2021-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 86% This Close Annie (Character) 2018-2019
      70% 47% Quantico Jocelyn Turner (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of the Network Stars Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 83% Switched at Birth Melody Bledsoe (Guest Star) 2011-2014 2017
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Stella (Guest Voice) 2012 2014 2017
      No Score Yet 81% Code Black Kathy Byrne (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Change Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 75% Cosmos Unknown (Guest Voice) 2014
      70% 71% Glee Herself (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2012-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011-2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Apprentice Guest,
      Contestant
      2011-2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nate Berkus Show Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Central Roast Unknown (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2004 2006 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2008
      74% 83% Nip/Tuck Barbara Shapiro (Guest Star) 2008
      82% 88% My Name Is Earl Ruby Whitlow (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: New York Gina Mitchum (Guest Star) 2006
      81% 95% The West Wing Joey Lucas (Guest Star) 2000-2002 2004-2006
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Amy Solwey (Guest Star) 2004-2005
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Alisa Stevens (Guest Star) 2005
      58% No Score Yet I'm With Her Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue's Clues Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999
      No Score Yet 85% ER Sign Language Instructor (Guest Star) 1999
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      82% 95% Picket Fences Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Jennifer Winter (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      89% 92% Seinfeld Laura (Guest Star) 1993
      50% No Score Yet Reasonable Doubts Assistand DA Tess Kaufman (Character) 1991-1993