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Marlee Matlin      

Academy Award Winning Actress; Healthcare Advocate & Disability Rights Activist Fighting for Better Access for the Deaf

Marlee Matlin is one of the most dynamic and inspiring keynote speakers in the world, with several impassioned presentations suited for groups and events of all kinds. In one talk, Matlin takes audiences through the highs and lows of her Hollywood career and journeys as an activist. In separate presentations, as a renowned advocate for diversity, Matlin boldly challenges audiences to advocate inclusion, acceptance, and access for all people and to endeavor to live a life without judgment of others —everybody’s different, and nobody’s perfect. Listeners come away informed and empowered to make a difference in the world, with the knowledge that they can begin by changing just one person’s life.

Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Matlin received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In 2021, Matlin was nominated once again as Executive Producer for the Live Action Short, Feeling Through. And in 2022, her Apple TV+ film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Matlin has also starred in numerous television projects, including "Seinfeld," "The West Wing," "Law and Order SVU," "The L Word," "Switched At Birth," "The Magicians" and "Quantico," garnering four Emmy nominations along the way. In 2022, Matlin made her first foray into directing, being the first network television director who is Deaf for the Fox TV anthology drama, "Accused."

In addition to her film, TV and stage work, Matlin broke barriers when she starred on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" and in 2012, Matlin released her first app, appropriately titled Marlee Signs, teaching American Sign Language to millions of smart phone users. She has also penned three novels for children, as well as her New York Times best-selling autobiography, "I’ll Scream Later."

In 1994, Matlin was appointed by President Clinton to the Corporation for National Service and in 2010, Matlin joined President Barack Obama at the White House in ceremonies celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In June 2022, Matlin was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, representing the Actors Branch.

Despite the odds, Matlin's journey is an inspiration to everyone, regardless of the barriers they face and she has refused to let the naysayers get in the way of her dreams of success. As she so aptly stated, “The only thing I can’t do is hear. The rest is there for the taking.”


American Greetings teams with Marlee Matlin on sign language e-cards
American Greetings is collaborating with actress Marlee Matlin on the first customized digital greeting card line to incorporate music, vocals, animated lyrics and sign language.
Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Marlee Matlin to Keynote Variety's 2019 ...
Viola Davis, Julius Tennon and Marlee Matlin will be some of the keynote speakers at Variety's 2019 Inclusion Summit on May 9.
Marlee Matlin: Charity Work & Causes - Look to the Stars
Profile of Marlee Matlin's support for charities including Red Cross, Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Academy Award-winning actress, Deaf advocate Marlee Matlin to ...
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will share her stories of overcoming obstacles with Central Michigan University students.

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