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Marlee Matlin is a Actor American born on 24 august 1965 at Morton Grove (USA)

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin
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Birth name Marlee Beth Matlin
Nationality USA
Birth 24 august 1965 (53 years) at Morton Grove (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, Honorary doctorate

Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God (1986), and is both the only deaf performer to win the award, and, at 21, the youngest to date. Her work in film and television has resulted in a Golden Globe award, with two additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. Deaf since she was 18 months old, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. Her longtime interpreter is Jack Jason.


Matlin is actively involved with a number of charitable organizations, including Easter Seals (where she was appointed an Honorary Board Member), the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, VSA arts, and the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet. She was appointed by President Clinton in 1994 to the Corporation for National Service and served as chair of National Volunteer Week. Matlin was a participant in the first-ever national television advertising campaign supporting donations to Jewish federations. The program featured "film and television personalities celebrating their Jewish heritage and promoting charitable giving to the Jewish community" and included Greg Grunberg, Joshua Malina, Kevin Weisman, and Jonathan Silverman.

Matlin received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Gallaudet University in 1987. In October 2007, she was appointed to the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. In 1988, Matlin received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

Matlin attended the 1987 Oscars to present the Academy Award for Best Actor. After signing her introduction in ASL, she spoke aloud the "names of the nominees" and of Michael Douglas, the winner.

On April 14, 2009, Matlin released an autobiography, I'll Scream Later. In it she describes her drug abuse and how it drove her to check herself into Betty Ford. She also tells about her rocky, two-year relationship with actor William Hurt, who she claims was physically abusive to her and abused drugs during that time. She also addresses the sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child at the hands of her female babysitter.

She enjoys a sense of humor about her deafness: "Often I’m talking to people through my speaker phone, and after 10 minutes or so they say, 'Wait a minute, Marlee, how can you hear me?' They forget I have an interpreter there who is signing to me as they talk. So I say, 'You know what? I can hear on Wednesdays.'"

Matlin married Burbank police officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993, at the home of actor Henry Winkler, five days after her 28th birthday. They first met while she was filming a scene from Reasonable Doubts outside the studio grounds; the police department had assigned Grandalski to provide security and control traffic. They have four children: Sarah (born 1996), Brandon (born 2000), Tyler (born 2002), and Isabelle (born 2003).

Best films

Grand Canyon (1991)
Children of a Lesser God (1986)

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Filmography of Marlee Matlin (17 films)

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Some Kind of Beautiful, 1h40
Directed by Tom Vaughan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Salma Hayek, Pierce Brosnan, Benjamin McKenzie, Jessica Alba, Malcolm McDowell, Fred Melamed
Roles Cindy
Rating56% 2.849212.849212.849212.849212.84921
By day, Richard Haig (Pirece Brosnan) is a successful and well-respected English professor in the UK. By night, Richard indulges his own romantic fantasies with a steady stream of beautiful undergraduates. So when Kate (Jessica Alba), Richard’s stunning, athletic, 25-year-old American girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant, Richard is shocked. Putting his wandering eye beind him, he marries her and agrees to move to Los Angeles to start their family. It doesn't take long for Richard to realize that his past is hard to escape, as is the toll his strained relationship with his dysfunctional father has had on him.
The One I Love, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Marlee Matlin, Mary Steenburgen
Roles Diner Patron
Rating70% 3.5486053.5486053.5486053.5486053.548605
Confronted with the potential end of their marriage, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) are seeing a therapist (Danson) regularly. After asking them to each play a note on a piano, he identifies a disconnection in their relationship and suggests they take a weekend retreat to a large, secluded estate. The couple decides to try anything to save their marriage and agree to go.
4Closed (2013)
, 1h31
Directed by Nick Lyon
Genres Thriller
Actors Marlee Matlin, James Denton, Christina DeRosa, Jamie Kennedy, Paul Sorvino, Sara Fletcher
Roles Ally Turner
Rating52% 2.6497152.6497152.6497152.6497152.649715
C'est un film tiré d'une histoire vraie sur un couple qui après avoir cherché une maison pendant un long moment achète une maison saisie par la banque. Lorsqu'ils viennent s'installer un homme se faisant passer pour le propriétaire est là. Ils réussissent à le faire expulser et c'est là que leur cauchemar commence.
Excision (2012)
, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, Malcolm McDowell
Roles Amber
Rating60% 3.0494853.0494853.0494853.0494853.049485
The film depicts the life of a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), with aspirations of a career in medicine and the extremes to which she goes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. Pauline has a younger sister named Grace (Ariel Winter) who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Pauline has vivid dreams about herself and others being mutilated with excessive amounts of blood; and after each dream wakes panting in an orgasmic state.
Sweet Nothing in My Ear, 1h45
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about disabilities, Films based on plays, Sign-language films, American Sign Language films
Actors Jeff Daniels, Marlee Matlin, Rosemary Forsyth, Sonya Walger, Phyllis Frelich, Ed Waterstreet
Roles Laura Miller
Rating66% 3.3454153.3454153.3454153.3454153.345415
Dan and Laura Miller (Daniels, Matlin) have been married for several years, referring to each other as their "best friend," but their relationship begins to change when their only son, Adam (Valencia), loses his hearing at the age of four. At first his parents accept this change because Laura is deaf herself. Though later, Dan begins to explore the idea that with a surgical procedure and cochlear implants his son may be able to hear once again.
What the Bleep Do We Know!?, 1h49
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama, Documentary
Themes Documentary films about the paranormal
Actors Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Barry Newman, Robert Bailey, Jr., John Ross Bowie, Armin Shimerman
Roles Lead
Rating54% 2.700772.700772.700772.700772.70077
Filmed in Portland, Oregon, What the Bleep Do We Know!? presents a viewpoint of the physical universe and human life within it, with connections to neuroscience and quantum physics. Some ideas discussed in the film are:
In Her Defense, 1h34
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller
Actors Marlee Matlin, Michael Dudikoffi, Daniel Pilon, Sophie Lorain
Roles Jane Claire
Rating54% 2.7114552.7114552.7114552.7114552.711455
Lawyer Andrew Garfield begins having an affair with a deaf woman, played by Marlee Matlin, when one day her husband catches them. Andrew Garfield then kills him. From then on in the film, the lawyer must defend his lover who's blamed for the murder that he committed himself.
When Justice Fails, 1h31
Directed by Allan A. Goldstein
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller
Actors Jeff Fahey, Carl Marotte, Marlee Matlin, Charles Edwin Powell, Monique Mercure, Arthur Holden
Roles Katy Wesson
Rating49% 2.473362.473362.473362.473362.47336
L'inspecteur Tom est sur une double affaire de meurtre, et son chemin croise celui d'une ravissante avocate imbattable ou presque. Va-t-il savoir garder la distance entre l'enquêteur et l'amoureux ?
It's My Party, 1h50
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Sida et LGBT, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Eric Roberts, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison, Lee Grant, Devon Gummersall, George Segal
Roles Daphne Stark
Rating70% 3.546233.546233.546233.546233.54623
It's My Party chronicles a two-day party hosted by Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) who, having been diagnosed with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, will fall into a state of mental lapse lasting for months until his death. He decides instead to host a party for his family and friends, at the end of which he will commit suicide by taking Seconal.
The Player
The Player (1992)
, 2h4
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about films, Musical films
Actors Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James
Roles Herself
Rating75% 3.798333.798333.798333.798333.79833
Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is a Hollywood studio executive dating story editor Bonnie Sherow (Cynthia Stevenson). He hears story pitches from screenwriters and decides which have the potential to be made into films, green-lighting only 12 out of 50,000 submissions every year. His job is threatened when up-and-coming story executive Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) begins working at the studio. Mill has also been receiving death threat postcards, assumed to be from a screenwriter whose pitch he rejected.
Grand Canyon, 2h14
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Danny Glover, Marlee Matlin, Kevin Kline, Randle Mell, Steve Martin, Marley Shelton
Rating68% 3.448783.448783.448783.448783.44878
After attending a Lakers basketball game, an immigration lawyer named Mack (Kevin Kline) finds himself at the mercy of potential muggers when his car breaks down in a bad part of Los Angeles late at night. The muggers are talked out of their plans by Simon (Danny Glover), a tow truck driver who arrives just in time. Mack sets out to befriend Simon, despite their having nothing in common.
The Linguini Incident, 1h38
Directed by Richard Shepard
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Rosanna Arquette, David Bowie, Andre Gregory, Eszter Balint, Buck Henry, Viveca Lindfors
Roles Jeanette
Rating63% 3.1999053.1999053.1999053.1999053.199905
Lucy (Arquette) is a frustrated magician, specifically an escape artist, who is obsessed with becoming a modern female version of Harry Houdini. She collects Houdini artifacts and waits for her big break while working as a waitress at a trendy Manhattan restaurant. With British bartender, Monte (Bowie), and her roommate Vivian, she arranges a heist of the restaurant. Monte is also determined to get Lucy to marry him, under the pretense that he needs his green card.
L'Homme au masque d'or, 1h45
Actors Jean Reno, Marlee Matlin, Marc Duret, Sergio Calderón
Roles Sœur Maria
Rating63% 3.1958753.1958753.1958753.1958753.195875
A San Domingo, au cœur de la Sierra Madre, le père Victor Gaetano a transformé sa petite paroisse délabrée en orphelinat de fortune. Avec l'aide de sa jeune sœur, Maria, il s'occupe de ses trente enfants. Pour subvenir aux besoins de sa grande famille, le père Gaetano se produit sur les rings de catch, le visage recouvert d'un masque doré. Les enfants coulent des jours paisibles, jusqu'au jour où le diocèse, méfiant à l'égard de ce prêtre peu orthodoxe, décide de le muter. Un jour, de retour d'un combat, le curé catcheur prend en stop un jeune vagabond, Pedro. Au détour d'un chemin ils découvrent un village abandonné.
Walker (1987)
, 1h35
Directed by Alex Cox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Historical, Western
Actors Ed Harris, Peter Boyle, Alan Bates, Richard Masur, René Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka
Roles Ellen Martin
Rating65% 3.2989453.2989453.2989453.2989453.298945
In 1853, soldier-of-fortune William Walker (Ed Harris) flees Mexico after a failed attempt to incite an armed insurrection. He is placed on trial by US officials, but wins acquittal on breaking the Neutrality Act. Walker believes in Manifest Destiny and has plans to marry and start a newspaper until his fianceé Ellen Martin (Marlee Matlin) dies of cholera. Financed by American multimillionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle), Walker and 60 mercenaries embark on a mission to overthrow the Government of Nicaragua, to secure Vanderbilt's rights over an overland shipping route between the Atlantic and Pacific.