Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures' "Children of a Lesser God," for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.
Marlee followed her debut with "Walker" starring opposite Ed Harris, filmed in Nicaragua. While filming there, Marlee took time to visit both hearing and hearing impaired children, as she has continued to so throughout her travels both in the U.S. and abroad. Since then, Marlee starred in numerous features, including, "The Player," "Hear No Evil," in the AIDS drama "It's My Party, " and most recently in the independent feature hit, "What the Bleep Do We Know."
On TV, Marlee made her debut starring opposite Lee Remick in CBS' "Bridge to Silence," a film that marked her first speaking role. Marlee went on to star in other telefilms including "Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story," "Dead Silence," "Freak City," and "Where the Truth Lies." Marlee starred in her own NBC series "Reasonable Doubts" opposite Mark Harmon and the Emmy Award winning "Picket Fences" on CBS. Marlee was twice nominated for both a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress as well as the People's Choice Awards and has been nominated for four Emmy awards for her guest turns on "Seinfeld, "Picket Fences," "The Practice" and "Law and Order: SVU." For the last 7 years, Marlee guest starred on NBC's award winning drama, "The West Wing, " and most recently Executive Produced "Eddie's Milion Dollar Cook Off" for the Disney Channel as well as guest starred in ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Desperate Housewives, " CBS' "CSI: NY" and NBC's "My Name is Earl." In 2007, she joins the cast of the Showtime series, "The L Word."
In 1994, Marlee was appointed by President Clinton to the Corporation for National Service; she also served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and was honored in a Rose Garden ceremony. Marlee currently serves as national spokesperson for The American Red Cross and in 1992, was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Congress in support of Closed Captioning. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and Easter Seals, as well as a number of others which primarily benefit children. Simon and Schuster recently published the sequel to Marlee's novel for children, "Deaf Child Crossing," entitled "Nobody's Perfect" and will publish a second sequel, "Leading Ladies" in 2007.
Marlee makes her home in the Los Angeles area with her husband, law enforcement officer, Kevin Grandalski and their four children, Sarah, 10, Brandon, 5, Tyler, 3 and Isabelle, 2.