American actress, born August 24, 1965, notable for being a deaf woman who is frequently cast in deaf female roles. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her debut film performance in Children of a Lesser God. Apart from being the only deaf winner, she's also the youngest person to win in that category.
Tropes that apply to Marlee Matlin include:
- Disabled Character, Disabled Actor
- Disabled Love Interest: Appeared on My Name Is Earl as a temporary love interest who happened to be deaf.
- Happily Married: To Kevin Grandalski since 1993.
- Twofer Token Minority: Matlin herself is a deaf Jewish woman and appeared on The L Word as a deaf lesbian.