Marlee Beth Matlin gained world wide fame for he Academy Award winning work on Children of a Lesser God. to this date she is the only deaf performer to have won an Academy Award. She is also the youngest recipient of the Best Actress category as she was only 21 years old at the time.
She is also knowfor recuring roles in The West Wing, and Blue’s Clues, ER, The Practice, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
A strong advocate for the rights of deaf people, she only accept television roles if producers commit to caption the films. She has testified before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources in support of the establishment of the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders.