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Marlee Beth Matlin was born on August 24, 1965. Marlee became deaf at the age of 18 months due to a bout with Roseola Infantum. That didn't stop her from acting in a children's theatre company at age 7; she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." 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 onscreen 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.

 


Actress

Silent Knights (2007) (pre-production) .... Charlotte Manning
"The L Word" (2007) .... Jodi Lerner
Askari (2001) .... Paula McKinley
Kiss My Act (2001) (TV) .... Casey
Two Shades of Blue (2000) .... Beth McDaniels
Where the Truth Lies (1999) (TV) .... Dana Sue Lacey
Freak City (1999) (TV) .... Cassandra
When Justice Fails (1998) .... Katy Wesson
In Her Defense (1998) .... Jane Claire
Dead Silence (1997) (TV) .... Melanie Charrol
It's My Party (1996) .... Daphne Stark
Snitch (1996) .... Cindy
Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (1994) (TV) .... Carrie Buck
"Reasonable Doubts" .... Asst. Dist. Atty. Tess Kaufman (43 episodes, 1991-1993)
Hear No Evil (1993) .... Jillian Shanahan
The Linguini Incident (1991) .... Jeanette
Homme au masque d'or, L' (1991) .... Marķa
Bridge to Silence (1989) (TV) .... Peggy Lawrence
Walker (1987) .... Ellen Martin
Children of a Lesser God (1986) .... Sarah Norman



Notable TV Guest Appearances

"CSI: NY" .... Gina Mitchum (1 episode, 2006)
"My Name Is Earl" .... Ruby / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
"The West Wing" .... Joey Lucas (17 episodes, 2000-2006)
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Dr. Amy Solwey (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
"Desperate Housewives" .... Alisa Stevens (1 episode, 2005)
"The Division" .... Ann Polton (1 episode, 2003)
"Gideon's Crossing" .... Lindsay Warren (1 episode, 2001)
"The Practice" .... Sally Berg (1 episode, 2000)
"Judging Amy" .... Eliza Spears (1 episode, 1999)
"Chicken Soup for the Soul" .... Teacher (1 episode, 1999)
"ER" .... Sign Language Instructor (1 episode, 1999)
"Spin City" .... Sarah (1 episode, 1997)
"Blue's Clues" .... Librarian (1 episode)
"The Outer Limits" .... Jennifer Winter (1 episode, 1995)
"Picket Fences" .... Laurie Bey (5 episodes, 1993-1996)
"Seinfeld" .... Laura (1 episode, 1993)


Producer

Silent Knights (2007) (pre-production) (executive producer)
Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003) (TV) (executive producer)
Where the Truth Lies (1999) (TV) (executive producer)


Self

Super Bowl XLI (2007) (TV) .... Herself - National Anthem interpreter
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
- The Llanes Family (2006) TV Episode
- The Vardon Family (2004) TV Episode

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
- Episode #2.91 (2006)
- Episode #1.80 (2005)

What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole (2006) .... Amanda
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 31 May 2004 (2004)
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004) .... Lead
"I'm with Her" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Winners & Losers & Whiners & Boozers: Part 1 (2004)
"Hollywood Squares" .... Guest Appearance (1 episode, 2003)
- Episode dated 17 November 2003 (2003)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself - Past winner
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" .... Herself (1 episode, 2001)
- Episode dated 17 July 2001 (2001)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999) (TV) .... Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Past Winner
"The Larry Sanders Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1997)
- The Book (1997)
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1997)
- Episode dated 10 January 1997 (1997)
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Herself (1 episode, 1995)
- Yakety Yak (1995)
The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards (1994) (TV) .... Herself
Super Bowl XXVII (1993) (TV) .... Herself (National Anthem Performer)
Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International (1992) (TV) .... Herself
The Player (1992) .... Herself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself (film sequence on favourite films)
The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor
Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (1987) (TV) .... Herself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood (1987) (TV) .... Herself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) (TV) .... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Sound


Archive Footage

... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2005) (TV) .... Herself
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (V) .... Herself
Especial Oscars 86 (1987) (TV) .... Sarah
 


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