April 3, 2012
Academy Award Winning Actress & Activist
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 as one of “The Ten Most Beautiful Women” and Esquire’s “Women We Love.”
Since then, Matlin has starred in numerous feature films, including Walker, The Player, Hear No Evil and in the AIDS drama It’s My Party written and directed by Randal Kleiser. In 2005, Matlin starred in the critically acclaimed documentary/feature, What the Bleep Do We Know!?
On TV, Matlin made her debut starring opposite Lee Remick, in CBS’s Bridge to Silence, a film that marked her first speaking role. Following that she starred for two seasons in NBC’s series, Reasonable Doubts opposite Mark Harmon. For seven seasons, Matlin starred opposite Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits and Bradley Whitford on NBC’s Emmy Award winning series, The West Wing. She has also guest starred on The Larry Sanders Show, Spin City, Desperate Housewives, ER, Judging Amy, CSI: New York and had a recurring role on My Name is Earl. In 2007, Matlin joined the cast of Showtime’s cuttingedge drama The L Word starring opposite Jennifer Beals, and in 2008, Matlin broke barriers once again when she joined the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She also appears on the most recent season of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, opposite Gary Busey, Star Jones and of course, Donald Trump.
Passionate about children, she 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, was featured in the PBS documentary, Through Deaf Eyes. Her 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.” She can currently be seen starring in Disney’s highly acclaimed Baby Einstein DVD series, teaching sign language to infants and toddlers.
An Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, Matlin has also received multiple nominations for her work on television including two Golden Globe Award nominations as Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, two People’s Choice Awards nominations for Favorite Actress in a Drama, and four Emmy award nominations for her guest turns on Picket Fences, The Practice, Seinfeld and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In September 1999, under her Solo One Productions banner, Matlin embarked on her first effort as Executive Producer with the courtroom thriller Where the Truth Lies (Lifetime) in which she also starred. In 2003 she produced Eddie’s Million Dollar Bake-off (Disney). She is also the author of three novels for children entitled Deaf Child Crossing (2002) and the sequels, Nobody’s Perfect (2006) and Leading Ladies (2007) for Simon & Schuster. Matlin most recently penned her autobiography, I’ll Scream Later. Matlin takes readers on the frank and touching journey of her life, from the frightening loss of her hearing at eighteen months old to the highs and lows of Hollywood, her battles with addiction, and the unexpected challenges of being thrust into the spotlight as an emissary for the deaf community.
Matlin currently serves as a National Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Red Cross, encouraging Americans to donate blood. She has worked on behalf of closed captioning and was instrumental in getting Congress 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. In 1995, Matlin served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and was honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony by President Clinton. In 2006 Matlin was honored by AOL as “Chief Everything Officer,” highlighting the important contributions of mothers, both home and work environments.
Matlin makes her home in the greater Los Angeles area, with her husband, law enforcement officer Kevin Grandalski, and their four children.