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Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, who pursued a professional acting career despite being legally deaf, is an inspirational role model to many.
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Matlin returned to series television in 2007 with a role on the Showtime drama The L Word as a love interest for Jennifer Beals's character. In 2008, she showed off a new skill, appearing on the celebrity competition series Dancing with the Stars. She loved her time on the show,
despite the grueling hours of dance practice she had to put in each week. "I've gotten hundreds of letters each week about how much they appreciate that I've opened the eyes of hearing people that deaf people can do anything except hear," she told People magazine. Around this time, Matlin also appeared in the television film Sweet Nothing in My Ear, which tackled the controversy surrounding cochlear implants that can give a deaf person some sensation of hearing.
Matlin also returned to writing, and used her own life as her subject matter. In 2009, she published her autobiography, I'll Scream Later. Matlin showed her sense of humor that same year, lending her voice to the animated series The Family Guy.
Outside of acting and writing, Matlin supports many charitable causes. She helps the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Matlin currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Kevin. Together, they have four children.
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