* 24. August 1965 (in Morton Grove, Illinois)
1986 as Sarah Norman in 'Children of a Lesser God'


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she was rendered deaf in infancy by a bout of Roseola Infantum

she is the only deaf actress who ever received an Academy Award (and even that was for her debut in a movie at the age of 21)

my favourite movies with her include 'Children of a Lesser God' (1985), 'Bridge to Silence' (1989) and 'Hear No Evil' (1993)

she was also brilliant as Laurie Bey (the 'dancing bandit' who later became the mayor) on the TV series 'Picket Fences'

her parents are Don and Libby Matlin

she was the 3rd child, born to Don and Libby, but they lost a child the year before Marlee was born

she has one older brother

she is married to police officer Kevin Grandalski since 29. August 1993

has a daughter with Grandalski, Sarah Rose, born in January 1996