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Marlee Matlin from "The Celebrity Apprentice 2011" is one of the celebrity contestants in Season 4 of the NBC reality competition series. She previously starred as Jodi Lerner on Showtime's "The L Word."

Marlee Matlin was also one of the dance contestants on ABC's reality competition series, "Dancing with the Stars 6." Marlee Matlin teamed up with newcomer Fabian Sanchez. Fabian is the 2006 World Mambo Champion, a four-time Fred Astaire National Champion and the United States Rising Star, and
Marlee Matlin in "The Celebrity Apprentice 2011"
Marlee Matlin The Celebrity Apprentice 2011
the 1999 American Rhythm Champion.

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Paramount Pictures' "Children of a Lesser God," a performance the film community chose to recognize in with its highest honor—the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Matlin was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. That same year she was honored by Harper's Bazaar Magazine as one of the "The Ten Most Beautiful Women" and Esquire Magazine's "Women We Love."

Born and raised in Morton Grove, Illinois, Matlin started acting at the age of seven in the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" at a children's theater company in Chicago. After several years of performing on stage throughout Chicago and the midwest, Matlin was discovered in a Chicago stage production of Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning play, "Children of a Lesser God." Following an extensive international search for the lead role, the producers of the film version selected her to star opposite William Hurt.

Matlin followed her film debut with a second feature, "Walker," starring Ed Harris. While filming in Nicaragua, Matlin took time to visit hearing and hearing impaired children, as she has done extensively throughout her travels to Australia, England, Italy, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Mexico and Canada.



Matlin went on to star in the French feature "The Man in the Golden Mask, " co-starring Jean Reno. She appeared in two feature films in 1992—"The Linguini Incident" with David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette and Robert Altman's "The Player."

Matlin also starred in 20th Century Fox's "Hear No Evil," a suspense thriller co-starring Martin Sheen and in MGM/United Artists' AIDS drama "It's My Party," written and directed by Randal Kleiser. In 2005, Matlin made an auspicious return to features with the critcally acclaimed documentary/feature, "What the Bleep Do We Know!?"

Matlin made her television debut, starring with Lee Remick in CBS's "Bridge to Silence." She went on to star for two seasons in the NBC series, "Reasonable Doubts" opposite Mark Harmon. She was twice nominated for both a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series as well as the People's Choice Awards. Matlin was nominated for two Emmy awards for her guest turns on NBC's "Seinfeld and CBS's "Picket Fences."

Matlin also starred in "Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story," a movie for Lifetime Television in which she was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series. She broke down yet another barrier with the role, playing a character who was not deaf. "I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally, " said Matlin. "This role gave me the chance to do something I'd never done before. It was a new challenge for me and was a very rewarding experience."

Matlin returned to CBS's "Picket Fences" for two seasons to reprise her Emmy-nominated role. Coincidentally, her character on Picket Fences gave birth on the same day she gave birth in real life, a feat repeated exactly 43 years to the day by Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy" on the same network, CBS.

For seven seasons, Matlin starred opposite Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits and Bradley Whitford as pollster, Joey Lucas, on NBC's Emmy Award winning series, "The West Wing." She has also guest-starred on numerous shows including NBC's "Sweet Justice" with Cicely Tyson, as well as Showtime's anthology series "The Outer Limits." Matlin also starred in HBO's original feature, "Dead Silence," opposite James Garner and starred in the Showtime feature, "Freak City," opposite Natalie Cole. Matlin also guest starred on HBO's Emmy Award-winning series, "The Larry Sanders Show," ABC's comedy "Spin City," on NBC's award winning drama "ER," and CBS' "Judging Amy." She received her third Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC's "The Practice, and guest-starred on NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" receiving her fourth Emmy nomination for her work. Matlin also has guest starred on ABC's award winning "Desperate Housewives, "My Name is Earl," "CSI: New York," and "Nip/Tuck." In 2006 Matlin hosted a special 2 hour edition of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

In 2007, she joined the cast of Showtime's cutting edge drama "The L Word" starring opposite Jennifer Beals. She returned for a second season on "The L Word" in 2008. Most recently, Matlin proved herself to be a graceful and fierce competitor as a contestant on season six of "Dancing with the Stars."

In September, 1999, under her Solo One Productions banner, Matlin embarked on her first effort as Executive Producer and starred in the courtroom thriller "Where the Truth Lies" for Lifetime Television and in 2003, produced "Eddie's Million Dollar Bake-off" for The Disney Channel, receiving an honor from the National Council on Family Relations for excellence in programming.

Matlin published a novel for children entitled "Deaf Child Crossing" in 2002. Simon and Shuster published the sequel, "Nobody's Perfect," in summer 2006 and the second sequel, "Leading Ladies" in 2007.

Matlin has also appeared in a number of musical performances. She appeared on "Sesame Street" with Grammy Award winning singer Billy Joel, performing "Just the Way You Are," and appeared in the music video for Joel's Grammy-nominated "We Didn't Start the Fire." In January, 1993, she performed the national anthem in American Sign Language with Garth Brooks, at "Super Bowl XXVII" and appeared in Brooks' music video "We Shall Be Free." She returned to the Super Bowl in 2007 to perform the national anthem in sign language with Billy Joel.

Matlin has also appeared in a number of educational and children's programs. Matlin served as host of PBS's Emmy Award winning series "People in Motion," and in 2007, she was featured in the PBS documentary, "Through Deaf Eyes." Other television appearances include MTV's "Rock the Vote," Disney's award winning series "Adventures in Wonderland," and Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning "Blues Clues," where she appeared as Marlee the Librarian. Matlin has also been seen starring in "Baby Wordsworth," part of the highly acclaimed "Baby Einstein" series, teaching sign language to infants and toddlers.

In 1994, Matlin was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National Service. In 1995, Matlin served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony by the President.

Matlin serves as a national celebrity spokesperson for The American Red Cross, encouraging Americans to donate blood. She has also worked on behalf of closed captioning and in 1992 was instrumental in getting Congree to pass federal legislation requiring all televisions manufactured in the United States be equipped with closed captioning technology. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including Easter Seals, The Children Affected By Aids Foundation, as well as those charities which primarily benefit children. She has also combined her charity work with commercial ventures and has appeared in numerous commercials and Public Servcie Announcements, on behalf of corporate sponsors such as Target, Sprint and Toys R Us, each designed to raise awareness about the importance of donating to charitable organizations. In 2006 Matlin was honored by America On Line as "Chief Everything Officer," highlighting the important contributions of mothers, both home and work environments.

In April 2009, Matlin released her autobiography, "I'll Scream Later," published by Simon and Shuster. The book looks at her life—from being diagnosed as deaf at 18- months-old to becoming the youngest woman to win an Oscar for her role in "Children Of A Lesser God" at age 21 to the present day. "I'll Scream Later" has become both a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller. Currently, Matlin is developing a half-hour comedy for Showtime with writer/producer Carol Leifer.

Matlin makes her home in the greater Los Angeles area. She and her husband, law enforcement officer Kevin Grandalski, welcomed their first child, Sarah, in 1996, their second child, Brandon, in 2000 and their third child, Tyler, in July, 2002. Matlin and her husband welcomed their fourth child, Isabelle, in December 2003.




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MARLEE MATLIN: FACTS

How tall is Marlee Matlin? How old is Marlee Matlin? Find out here.

Age: 49 years old
Birthday: August 24, 1965
Height: 5' 4"
Full Name / Real Name: Marlee Beth Matlin
Birthplace: Morton Grove, IL
Husband: Kevin Grandalski (8/29/1993, 4 children)





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reenie says:
Hi Marlee my name is Reenie levy I am from Rochester NEW YORK. I am jewish. And and I hard of hearing I wear 2 hearing aids in both ears. I am learning disable my Birthday is aug 13 1964 . I look up to you for many thin Marlee you are my Hero love Reenie have a Happy passover
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