by Dawn Schulz
My favorite deaf person, by far, is Marlee Matlin — the youngest woman to ever win an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress (she won at age 21!)
Her role in “Children of a Lesser God” was brilliant. She was discovered through children’s theatre, and throughout her lifetime has appeared in a wide variety of shows, including: Sesame Street, Seinfeld, ER, Desperate Housewives, and Baby Einstein. She also sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLI and competed in “Dancing with the Stars” one season.
She is a truly beautiful and multi-talented woman, AND she’s deaf, which makes her even stronger!
Another admirable quality of Marlee’s is that she is heavily involved in a number of charitable causes, such as VSA Arts, the Red Cross, and the Children Affected by AIDS foundation. President Clinton even appointed her to the Corporation for National Service due to her outstanding efforts as a volunteer.
She recently released an autobiography that describes her entire life journey up to now, and it is remarkable what she has overcome on a personal level, let alone on a professional one.
I truly believe that she is a wonderful role model for any performer, deaf person, or woman, for that matter. She definitely deserves her place in the ranks of deaf history, film history, and American history.
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