Actress Marlee Beth Matlin became deaf at four months old due to a viral illness but that didn't prevent her from pursuing a career in show business. A graduate of John Hersey High School, she also took up criminal justice at Harper College while simultaneously honing her acting skills in theater.
As an actress, Matlin became famous for her role in Children of a Lesser God, where she won several awards. She also had the opportunity to shine as the female lead of the TV series Reasonable Doubts, playing Asst. Dist. Atty. Tess Kaufman. After the show concluded, she starred in Picket Fences for 13 episodes before focusing briefly on the big screen. Some of her movie credits include In Her Defense, Two Shades of Blue, and When Justice Fails.
In 2000, Matlin appeared as Joey Lucas on The West Wing, a recurring character who appeared until 2006. She also made notable appearances on My Name is Earl, Nip/Tuck, The L Word and CSI. Most recently, she was cast as one of the contenders on The Celebrity Apprentice season 4.
Morton Grove, Illinois,
- She has been married to Kevin Grandalski since 1993 and has four children.
- She got married in Henry Winkler's backyard.
1987: Oscar Best for Actress in a Leading Role - Children of a Lesser God
1987: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Children of a Lesser God
2011: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Professor Julia Holden
2011: The Apprentice (TV series) - Contestant
2008-2010: Dancing with the Stars (TV series) - Herself/Audience Member
2007-2009: The L Word (TV series) - Jodi Lerner
2008: Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV movie) - Laura Miller
2008: Nip/Tuck (TV series) - Barbara Shapiro
2006-2007: My Name Is Earl (TV series) - Ruby Whitlow
2007: Baby Einstein: My First Signs (video short) - Sign Language Instructor
2006: CSI: NY (TV series) - Gina Mitchum
2000-2006: The West Wing (TV series) - Joey Lucas
2006: What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole (documentary) - Amanda
2004-2005: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Dr. Amy Solwey
2004: Desperate Housewives (TV series) - Alisa Stevens
2005: Baby Einstein: Baby Wordsworth (video short) (voice)
2004: What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (documentary) - Lead
2003: The Division (TV series) - Ann Polton
2002: Blue's Clues (TV series) - Librarian
2001: Askari - Paula McKinley
2001: Kiss My Act (TV movie) - Casey
2001: Gideon's Crossing (TV series) - Lindsay Warren
2000: The Practice (TV series) - Sally Berg
1999: Judging Amy (TV series) - Eliza Spears
1999: Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV series) - Teacher
1999: Where the Truth Lies (TV movie) - Dana Sue Lacey
1999: When Justice Fails - Katy Wesson
1999: Two Shades of Blue - Beth McDaniels
1999: In Her Defense - Jane Claire
1999: ER (TV series) - Sign Language Instructor
1999: Freak City (TV movie) - Cassandra
1997: Spin City (TV series) - Sarah Edelm
1997: Dead Silence (TV movie) - Melanie Charrol
1993-1996: Picket Fences (TV series) - Mayor Laurie Bey/Laurie Bey
1996: Snitch - Cindy
1995: The Outer Limits (TV series) - Jennifer Winter
1995: Sweet Justice (TV series) - Brianna Holland
1994: Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (TV movie) - Carrie Buck
1993: Seinfeld (TV series) - Laura
1991-1993: Reasonable Doubts (TV series) - Asst. Dist. Atty. Tess Kaufman
1993: Hear No Evil - Jillian Shanahan
1991: The Linguini Incident - Jeanette
1991: L'homme au masque d'or - Maria
1989: Bridge to Silence (TV movie) - Peggy Lawrence
1987: Walker - Ellen Martin
1986: Children of a Lesser God - Sarah Norman
"The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth."
"Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me."