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Marlee Matlin: Life and Accomplishments

The bio, achievements, and importance
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Melinda Wright

on 2 February 2011

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Transcript of Marlee Matlin: Life and Accomplishments

Marlee Matlin Born 1965 in Illinois Diagnosed as being
deaf at 18 months Went to public school;
began acting as a child Graduated Harper college-
criminal justice degree Married-4 kids Lives in L.A. Awards Oscar-Best Actress
"Children of a Lesser God" Aged 21
Youngest Ever Honorary chair of WorldDeaf Cinema Festival Social Involvement Closed Captioning-strong advocate NAD Award for
Media Advocacy Spokesperson for the American Red Cross Spokesperson for the
"I Am Waters" Foundation Trustee at Gallaudet University Spokesperson for National "Get Out The Vote" campaign Quotes “Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.” “I’m in my mid-30’s, I’ve won an Oscar, I have 4 children. You figure out if my deafness has adversely affected my life.” “The Handicap of Deafness is not in the ear, it’s in the mind.” “At some point we have to stop and say, ‘There’s Marlee." Not, ‘There’s the Deaf actress.’” Won a Golden Globe Biography Film Author Producer "My Deaf Family"-Pilot Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2006 My Name is Earl Why are captions important? T.V. White House Speech on ADA FCC Hearing on Captioning Red Cross Spokesperson Without captions With captions Testified to Congress in 1995, helping get a law passed for all TV's to have built-in chips to provide Closed Captioning.
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Encyclopedia of World Biography (2010). Biography of Marlee Matlin. Accessed at http://biography.yourdictionary.com/marlee-matlin

Internet Movie Database; Marlee Matlin biography; Accessed at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0559144/bio

Johnson, Jeanette (2010). National Association of the Deaf; “Marlee Matlin Accepts NAD Mediat Advocacy Award. Accessed at http://www.nad.org/blogs/jeannette-johnson/marlee-matlin-accepts-nad-media-advocacy-award

Marlee Matlin Official Website. Accessed at http://www.marleematlinsite.com/

Stelter, Brian (2010). New York Times; “On Web Video, Captions Are Coming Slowly.” Accessed at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/business/media/21captions.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=closed%20captioning&st=cse

Sterman, Paul. Ability Magazine; “Marlee Matlin; From Children of a Lesser God to Godmother.” Accessed at http://www.abilitymagazine.com/past/Marleem/Marleem.html

VOICES (2007, April 4). “The Gift of Silence: A Conversation with Marle Matlin.” Accessed at http://www.voicesinc.com/Pages/marlee_matlin.html
1. Marlee Matlin won an Oscar for her role in “Children of a Lesser God.” How old was she when she won?

a. 21
b. 25
c. 27
d. 31 2. Since winning the Oscar she has become an advocate for what cause?

a. Clean water for the homeless
b. Closed captioning
c. Donating blood
d. All of the above
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