Marlee Matlin’s Hollywood career skyrocketed following her debut performance in Children of a Lesser God. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. While filming her next movie, Walker (starring opposite Ed Harris and filmed in Nicaragua), Matlin took time to visit deaf and hearing impaired children in the area, a mission she continues throughout her travels.
Matlin made her TV debut opposite Lee Remick in Bridge to Silence, a film that marked her first speaking role. She went on to star in other telefilms including Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story, Dead Silence, Freak City, Where the Truth Lies, and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Sweet Nothing in my Ear. Matlin also starred in her own NBC series, Reasonable Doubts, opposite Mark Harmon, and in the Emmy Award-winning series Picket Fences. Matlin was twice nominated for a Golden Globe Award, as well as The People’s Choice Awards, for Best Actress in a Drama. She has been nominated for four Emmy awards for her appearances on Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice, and Law and Order: SVU. Matlin starred for seven years on the award winning drama, The West Wing, and has made numerous television guest appearances, including ER, Desperate Housewives, CSI: New York, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, Nip/Tuck, CSI, Family Guy, and Glee. In 2007, Matlin joined Showtime’s critically acclaimed original series, The L Word, for three seasons and broke barriers once again when she starred on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. In 2011, she broke ground yet again as a finalist on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, raising a record $1 Million dollars in one day for charity.
In 2011, Matlin was invited by President Obama to give an address on the White House South Lawn celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Prior to that, in 1994, President Clinton appointed Matlin to the Corporation for National Service, where she served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week.
Matlin has authored three novels for children, including Nobody’s Perfect. In 2009, Matlin published her New York Times Best-selling autobiography, I’ll Scream Later.
Matlin currently resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband, a law enforcement officer, and their four children.