Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin


8/24/1965, Morton Grove, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Marlee Beth Matlin


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Marlee, who burst onto the scene years ago with her performance in the feature film Children of a Lesser God (for which she won an academy award), has continued to build her resume ever since. Like any celebrity, Matlin's personal life is grist for the press. ParentTime did…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1987, Marlee won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Sarah Norman on Children of a Lesser God.

    • Marlee's dance partner on Dancing With the Stars is newcomer Fabian Sanchez.

    • Marlee has donated a piece of art she created to help support the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She painted a fiberglass sheep to promote awareness of insomnia. This item was on Ebay.

    • She used to live with William Hurt.

    • On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, Marlee appeared in a documentary on PBS/KCET called "Through Deaf Eyes". The documentary is about 200 years of Deaf life in America.

    • On February 4, 2007, Marlee Matlin performed the Star Spangled Banner in American Sign Language at Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida.

    • Marlee Matlin married Roman Catholic law enforcement officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993 (in Henry Winkler's back yard).

    • While starring in Reasonable Doubts, Marlee appeared in 2 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. Her topics were a teacher tribute and violence prevention.

    • Marlee attended the L Word Premiere Party at the Copacabana club in N.Y. She was excited about the premiere party and also about being on The L Word.

    • Marlee Matlin announced that she has signed a contract to be on The L Word for three seasons, starting with season 4.

    • Marlee Matlin revealed being a long-time friend with Jennifer Beals since they met on a flight for Paramount's 75th anniversary. Beals even helped Matlin get ready the night she won her Oscar.

    • Marlee prefers working in TV or films because stage work means she would have to go to London or Broadway, far from her family.

    • Marlee uses the Internet daily, answering to friends, fan mail, and penning notes to herself.

    • Marlee has been signing since she was 5 years old.

    • In her dressing room, Matlin has a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and a television with closed-caption technology while at home, she has a series of signaling devices to alert her when the doorbell or the phone rings, or even when her baby cries.

    • Marlee's favourite forbidden snacks include Crunchy Cheetos and French Fries.

    • In 2004 she played in What the Bleep Do We Know? as a depressed wedding photographer who tries to keep control through meditation and spirituality.

    • Marlee is known for her great Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and shares her recipe with her fans.

    • Marlee lives in Los Angeles.

    • Serving as a spokesman of Red Cross she encourages Americans to donate blood.

    • In 1995, Marlee served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and was honored in ceremony in the White House by the President.

    • Marlee was appointed in 1994 by US President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National Service.

    • Marlee has had two books published to date; "Nobody's Perfect" in 2006 and "Leading Ladies" in 2007.

    • In 1999, she made her first effort as Executive Producer and also starred in the thriller Where the Truth Lies.

    • Marlee starred in Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story, playing a character who was not deaf.

    • Marlee starred with Lee Remick in Bridge to Silence, a movie that was Marlee's television debut and her first speaking role.

    • When filming Walker in Nicaragua Marlee took time to visit hearing impaired children, as she always does throughout her travels.

    • It was announced that she will be joining the cast of The L Word for the upcoming 4th season as a potential love interest of Jennifer Beals' character, Bette Porter.

    • Marlee Matlin is actively involved with a number of charitable organisations. Among them are the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Starlight Children's Foundation, Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet.

    • She made her stage debut at the age of seven as Dorothy in a children's theatre version of The Wizard of Oz, and continued to appear with the same children's theatre group for some years.

    • At age 21 she became the youngest woman to have received an Oscar for Best Actress and one of the four to have accomplished that in their debut.

    • While Marlee was at William Rainey Harper College, she put aside her acting aspirations, to study criminal justice.

    • Marlee is totally deaf in her right ear, and has lost 80% of her hearing in her left ear.

    • Marlee and her husband, Kevin, have four children: Sarah Rose, January 19, 1996; Brandon Joseph, September 12, 2000; Tyler Daniel, July 18, 2002; and Isabella Jane, December 26, 2003.

    • Lost most of her hearing when she was 18 months old after having Roseola infantum.

    • Marlee's first novel "Deaf Child Crossing" was published in 2002.

    • Marlee Matlin's Emmys:

      Nominated for
      Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series in 2004
      for her portrayal of Dr. Amy Solwey
      on the NBC show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

      Nominated for
      Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series in 2000
      for her portrayal of Sally Berg
      of the NBC show The Practice

      Nominated for
      Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series in 1994
      for her portrayal of Laura
      on the NBC show Seinfeld

      Nominated for
      Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series in 1994
      for her portrayal of Laurie Bey
      on the CBS show Picket Fences

  • Quotes

    • Marlee Matlin: Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.

    • Marlee Matlin: The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.

    • Marlee Matlin: The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.

    • Marlee Matlin: (on Through Deaf Eye) I'm a proud person who happens to be deaf. I don't want to change it. I don't want to wake up and suddenly say, 'Oh my God, I can hear.' That's not my dream. It's not my dream. I've been raised deaf. I'm used to the way I am. I don't want to change it. Why would I ever want to change? Because I'm used to this, I'm happy.

    • Marlee Matlin: (at the L word premiere Party) And the best thing was that I got to make out with Jennifer Beals !

    • Marlee: (about Jennifer Beals and shooting some episodes of The L Word) We had a lot of fun and we kept in touch all these years. And I spent my birthday in bed with Jennifer Beals!

    • Marlee: (about joining The L word) When I went to the wrap party for West Wing, everyone was so supportive of my doing the show (L word).I hadn't seen any of the episodes until I got involved. I'm a mom of four, and I go to bed early. But they gave me the DVDs, and I got hooked.

    • Marlee: I like to say that the greatest handicap of deafness does not lie in the ear, it lies in the mind. I hope that through my example, such as my role on The West Wing, I can help change attitudes on deafness and prove we can really do everything...except hear.

    • Marlee: When I learned to sign and speak at the same time, the whole world opened up to me. That's the beauty of encouraging kids who are deaf to use whatever it takes to communicate.

    • Marlee: The best feeling in the world is when you child just comes up to you and lays their head in your lap, for no other reason but just because.

    • Marlee: I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally.

    • Marlee: Every one of us is different in some way but for those of us who are more "different," we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing as they can... just differently.

    • Marlee Matlin: I live my life like everyone else; everyone has their own obstacles. Mine is deafness.