Catching Up With Academy Award-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin: The Oscar-winning actress talks about Judaism, being deaf, parenthood, Celebrity Apprentice and winning an Oscar when she was barely out of high school. (Photo by Michael Rosenberg)
Marlee Matlin lost her hearing at the age of 18 months. She is 100% deaf in her right ear and 80% deaf in her left. Marlee Matlin is the only deaf actress to have won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She gave an extraordinary performance in the film “Children of a Lesser God.” She is a champion of rights for the deaf community and is widely known for her charitable and humanitarian work.