Marlee Matlin Essay

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Marlee Matlin Marlee Beth Matlin was born on August 24, 1965 to Don and Libby Matlin in Morton Grove, Illinois. Her father was a used-car salesman, and her mother sold jewelry. Marlee was the youngest of three children. At the age of 18 months, she lost all hearing in her right ear, and 80% of her hearing in her left ear. In her autobiography, she says that she originally thought that Roseola Infantum caused her deafness, until she learned that the illness doesn’t lead to deafness. She now suspects her hearing loss was due to a genetically malformed cochlea. Marlee is the only deaf member of her family. Her parents chose to educate her close to home instead of sending her away to a special school. She began to learn American Sign Language at the age of 5. Her parents tried to learn the language as well, and they retained a little bit, but not enough to communicate fluently. Since Marlee was raised Jewish, she successfully had her Bat Mitzvah by learning the Hebrew phrases phonetically. As a child, Marlee did an acting program at the Center of Deafness, a center that allowed deaf and hearing children to interact with each other. At the age of 7, Matlin landed her first leading role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at a children’s theatre company in Chicago, Illinois called the International Center on Deafness and the Arts. She went on to study Criminal Justice to be come a law enforcement officer at Harper College in Illinois, but she never lost her passion for acting. She had a real talent. After college, Marlee continued to do shows around Chicago for several years. She got her big break starring in the stage show Children of a Lesser God as the main character Sarah, a deaf woman who becomes involved with a speech teacher at a school for the deaf. After getting many great reviews, Matlin was approached to star as Sarah for the movie version of

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