Marlee Matlin

March 8, 2013
Category: Submitted Posts

by Becky

(Hamlin, PA)

I pick Marlee Matlin as my favorite deaf person. I wasn’t going to submit an answer to this question, because I didn’t think my reason was very impressive. Back in high school, I loved the show MacGyver. At some point, she dated Richard Dean Anderson. And since ASL has always fascinated me and she was the only deaf actress I knew, she became my favorite.

I have never seen Children of a Lesser God, but I have seen her in other things. I think she is a great actress. She did not limit herself. She wanted to act and that is what she did.

Just recently I saw her in a couple of episodes of Law & Order: SVU, another favorite show of mine. She signed and spoke. I like watching her and trying to understand what she signs.

In fact, I like watching anyone who signs, and I try to understand them. I am getting better at it the more units I cover with your classes. I am also very thankful for the history and background of Deaf Culture. I did have the misconception that ASL was just signs for English words. Now I know that’s not true.

I also found what Marlee had to say interesting in the documentary you suggested watching called Through Deaf Eyes.


Please leave only comments that add to the article or discussion. Any help or support comments should be directed to Start ASL Help & Support. Thank you!