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Marlee Matlin

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated:   4% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)
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Birthplace:   Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
A bout of roseola infantum rendered actress Marlee Matlin almost completely deaf at the age of 18 months. Never permitting her affliction to impede her ambitions, Matlin launched her stage career at age 8, playing Dorothy in the Des Plaines Childrens Theatre of the Deaf production of The Wizard Oz. She put her theatrical aspirations on the back burner while studying criminal justice at William Rainey Harper college, but by her early 20s was back on stage, playing a minor role in the original Chicago Immediate Theatre Production of Children of a Lesser God. By the time this community-theatre effort went "professional" and was transplanted to New York, Matlin had been promoted to the leading role of Sara. She repeated this role in the 1988 film version of Children of a Lesser God, and in so doing became the first deaf actress to win the Academy Award. During this same period, Matlin was involved in a well-publicized romance with her Lesser God co-star William Hurt. In her talk-show appearances, Matlin is invariably accompanied by an interpreter, who relays the meaning of her sign language to the studio audience; from the 1989 TV movie Bridge of Silence onward, however, the actress has endeavored to speak as often as possible. From 1991 through 1993, Marleen Matlin starred as assistant district attorney Tess Kaufman on the weekly TV series Reasonable Doubt and in 1995 and '96 she played Mayor Laurie Bey on the Emmy Award-winning Picket Fences.Moving into the new millennium Matlin continued to be active in television and film, frequently essaying recurring roles in such popular shows as My Name is Earl, The West Wing, and The L Word and turning up as the lead in the existential documentary What the #$*! Do We Know (2004).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
4% Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Cindy
2015
No Score Yet No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie
  • Actor
2013
81% Excision
  • Amber
2012
No Score Yet Sweet Nothing in My Ear
  • Laura Miller
2008
No Score Yet Baby Einstein: My First Signs
  • Actor
2007
27% What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Amanda
2006
No Score Yet Baby Einstein - Baby's Favorite Places First Words Around Town
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Baby Einstein - Baby Wordsworth - First Words - Around the House
  • Actor
2005
34% What the Bleep Do We Know!?
  • Amanda
$10.7M 2004
No Score Yet Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off
  • Executive Producer
2003
No Score Yet Askari
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Kiss My Act
  • Casey
2001
No Score Yet Where the Truth Lies
  • Actor
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Freak City
  • Cassandra
1999
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue
  • Beth McDaniels
1998
No Score Yet When Justice Fails
  • Katy Wesson
1998
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet In Her Defense
  • Jane Claire
1998
47% It's My Party
  • Daphne Stark
1996
No Score Yet Snitch
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story
  • Carrie Buck
1994
13% Hear No Evil
  • Jillian Shanahan
1993
No Score Yet The Linguini Incident
  • Jeannette
1992
98% The Player
  • Herself
1992
No Score Yet L'Homme au masque d'or (The Man in the Golden Mask)
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Bridge to Silence
  • Peggy Lawrence
1989
40% Walker
  • Ellen Martin
1987
81% Children of a Lesser God
  • Sarah Norman
1986
No Score Yet Baby Einstein: Baby Wordsworth First Words - Around The House
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
2011
  • Melody Bledsoe
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Code Black
2015
  • Kathy Byrne
  • 2016
No Score Yet Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Herself
  • 2014
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Julia Holden
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2004-2012
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Jodi Lerner
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Barbara Shapiro
  • 2008
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Gina Mitchum
  • 2006
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Joey Lucas
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Alisa Stevens Alissa
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Dr. Amy Solwey
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Sally Berg
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Sign Language Instructor
  • 1999
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Laura
  • 1993

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