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Marlee Matlin          

Academy Award Winning Actress & Activist

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Paramount Pictures Children of a Lesser God, earning her the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar, making her one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Matlin was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. That same year she was honored by Harpers Bazaar as one of The Ten Most Beautiful Women and Esquires Women We Love.

Since then, Matlin has starred in numerous feature films, including Walker, The Player, Hear No Evil and in the AIDS drama Its My Party written and directed by Randal Kleiser. In 2005, Matlin starred in the critically acclaimed documentary/feature, What the Bleep Do We Know!?

On TV, Matlin made her debut starring opposite Lee Remick, in CBSs Bridge to Silence, a film that marked her first speaking role. Following that she starred for two seasons in NBCs series, Reasonable Doubts opposite Mark Harmon. For seven seasons, Matlin starred opposite Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits and Bradley Whitford as pollster, Joey Lucas, on NBCs Emmy Award winning series, The West Wing. She has also guest starred on HBOs The Larry Sanders Show, ABCs Spin City and Desperate Housewives, NBCs ER, CBSs Judging Amy and CSI: New York and had a recurring role on NBCs My Name is Earl. In 2007, Matlin joined the cast of Showtimes cutting-edge drama The L Word starring opposite Jennifer Beals and in 2008, Matlin broke barriers once again when she joined the cast of ABCs Dancing with the Stars. She also appears on the most recent season of NBCs The Celebrity Apprentice, opposite Gary Busey, Star Jones and of course, Donald Trump.

Passionate about children, she has also appeared in a number of educational and childrens programs. Matlin served as host of PBSs Emmy Award winning series People in Motion and, in 2007, was featured in the PBS documentary, Through Deaf Eyes. Her other television appearances include MTVs Rock the Vote, Disneys award winning series Adventures in Wonderland, and Nickelodeons Emmy Award winning Blues Clues where she appeared as Marlee the Librarian. She can currently be seen starring in Disneys highly acclaimed Baby Einstein DVD series, teaching sign language to infants and toddlers.

An Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, Matlin has also received multiple nominations for her work on television including two Golden Globe Award nominations as Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, two Peoples Choice Awards nominations for Favorite Actress in a Drama, and four Emmy award nominations for her guest turns on CBSs Picket Fences, ABCs The Practice and NBCs Seinfeld and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

In September 1999, under her Solo One Productions banner, Matlin embarked on her first effort as Executive Producer with the courtroom thriller Where the Truth Lies (Lifetime Television) in which she also starred. In 2003 she producedEddies Million Dollar Bake-off (The Disney Channel). She is also the author of three novels for children entitled Deaf Child Crossing (2002) and the sequels, Nobodys Perfect (2006) and Leading Ladies (2007) for Simon & Schuster.

Matlin most recently penned her autobiography for Simon & Schuster. Entitled Ill Scream Later, Matlin takes readers on the frank and touching journey of her life, from the frightening loss of her hearing at 18 months old to the highs and lows of Hollywood, her battles with addiction, and the unexpected challenges of being thrust into the spotlight as an emissary for the deaf community.

Matlin currently serves as a National Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Red Cross, encouraging Americans to donate blood. She has worked on behalf of closed captioning and was instrumental in getting Congress to pass federal legislation requiring all televisions manufactured in the United States be equipped with closed captioning technology. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including Easter Seals, The Children Affected by Aids Foundation, as well as those charities which primarily benefit children. In 1995, Matlin served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and was honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony by President Clinton. In 2006 Matlin was honored by AOL as Chief Everything Officer, highlighting the important contributions of mothers, both home and work environments.

Matlin makes her home in the greater Los Angeles area, with her husband, law enforcement officer Kevin Grandalski, and their four children.

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