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Marlee Beth Matlin

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Morton Grove, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of <private> Matlin; Donald Matlin and <private> Matlin (Hammer)
Wife of <private> Grandalski
Mother of <private> Grandalski; <private> Grandalski; <private> Grandalski; <private> Grandalski; <private> Grandalski (Matlin) and 2 others
Sister of Eric Matlin and <private> Matlin

Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

    • ex-partner
    • <private> Grandalski
      spouse
    • <private> Grandalski
      child
    • <private> Grandalski
      child
    • <private> Grandalski
      child
    • <private> Grandalski
      child
    • <private> Grandalski (Matlin)
      child
    • <private> Matlin
      child
    • <private> Matlin
      child
    • <private> Matlin (Hammer)
      parent
    • father
    • <private> Matlin
      parent

About Marlee Matlin

Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress. She is the only deaf performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, which she won for Children of a Lesser God. At the age of 21, she became the youngest woman in history to win that award. 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.

Matlin 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.'"

On April 14, 2009, Matlin released an autobiography, I'll Scream Later.

family

Matlin was born in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (née Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. Her family is Jewish, and of Russian descent. She married Burbank police officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993, at the home of actor Henry Winkler, five days after her twenty-eighth birthday. They have four children: Sarah (born 1996), Brandon (born 2000), Tyler (born 2002), and Isabelle (born 2003).

philanthropy

Among her achievements in this arena:

She was a finalist on the NBC show The Celebrity Apprentice, competing to win money for her charity, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, finishing in second place. However, on one episode of The Celebrity Apprentice ("The Art of the Deal" aired on April 3, 2011), Matlin raised more funds than had ever been raised for charity in a single event on any television show before ($986,000). Donald Trump then donated an additional $14,000 to make the contribution an even million.

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Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress, author, and activist. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God (1986) and to date is the only deaf performer to have won the award. 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, due to illness and high fevers, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. Her longtime interpreter is Jack Jason.

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Marlee Matlin's Timeline

1965
August 24, 1965
Morton Grove, Cook County, Illinois, United States