Marlee Matlin

By: Karleene Mugomoka

About Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin is an American deaf actress who has over come many challenges. She lost her hearing at only 18 months when she contracted an illness the permanently took it away. As a child, Marlee discovered acting and continued as an adult. Based off all Marlee Matlin's accomplishments, I believe a person with a disability can accomplish as much as a person without a disability.


Marlee Matlin got her big break when she starred as the lead in the play "Children of a Lesser God" which was later adapted into a film. In the film she played a young women who refused to learn to lip read and talk, only wanting to communicate using sign language.For this role she won and Academy Award for Best Actress in 1987 when she was 21. As she continued a career in film acting she decided she wanted to branch out and work in television. Before long she was receiving multiple Emmy nominations for her work. Later on she began to write books. Currently she has three books published, but she continues to act today in television.

A person with disabilities vs. A peressn without disabilities

Marlee Matlin has an Academy Award, multiple Emmy nominations, and three books. Though her being deaf has made it difficult she was not stopped thriving to be the best. She has accomplished more most ordinary actresses and I believe that is because she knows what she wants and is determined to get it.


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