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Marlee Matlin
“Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.” This quote said by Marlee Matlin, describes her living her life as a Deaf person with no limitations. Marlee Matlin is a successful actress, mother, and advocate. Despite her many challenges, Marlee has created a successful life with a positive mindset. Many components contributed to make Marlee successful, such as her childhood and family, her struggles, and her accomplishments. Marlee was born August 4th, 1965 outside of Chicago, Illinois. Marlee became Deaf at 18 months old (Netter, Brady, and Ferron). At first, the doctors diagnosed her Deafness due to an illness with high fever. However, they think her hearing loss was due to a malformation of the cochlea
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Marlee’s first accomplishment in the acting world occurred at the young age of 21, winning an Academy Award for best female actress from her role in the movie, “Child of a Lesser God.” She has guest starred in many shows, including “Seinfield”, “Law and Order”, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?”, “Desperate Housewives”, and many others. An important role that Marlee was recently involved with was the mother of Emmet on “Switched at Birth.” “Switched at Birth” is a television series depicting the lives of Daphne, who is Deaf, and Bay, who were switched at birth. Marlee was also featured on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” She raised approximately one million dollars for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Not only is Marlee is a celebrity on the screen, she is an advocate for many causes in real life. Marley is advocate for the National Captioning Institute. She was an immense factor in passing a law that is mandatory for TVs thirteen inches and larger to require closed
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