Who is Marlee Matlin and why is she famous?
The youngest ever winner of an Oscar and the only deaf person ever to win an Oscar for her role in Children of a Lesser God, green celebrity Marlee Matlin never let her hearing loss get her down. Marlee Matlin regularly contributes to causes that assist those with hearing impairments, and she wrote a memoir, I’ll Scream Later, that details her experiences with sexual and domestic abuse and the drug abuse that followed. Matlin will be competing to support The Starkey Hearing Foundation.
IMDb notes that Marlee also played in Walker (1987), set in Nicaragua, where she went off-set to visit the hearing impaired children in the area. Her next big role was as an assistant distract attorney in the television series, Reasonable Doubts (1991). Marlee Matlin has an interest in police and courtroom drama series and married police officer Kevin Grandalski, to whom she has been married since 1993.
Marlee Matlin said — signed, rather, through her interpreter — in her Celebrity Apprentice interview with NBC, she has been working with The Starkey Hearing Foundation for seven years, work of which she’s very proud. The green celebrity followed up on her visit with children in Nicaragua with hearing-impaired children from other nations she has visited while filming and abroad.
“The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth,” she has said.
In keeping with her incredible charm and inspiration to help the world as a green celebrity, Marlee Matlin has supported many causes beyond The Starkey Hearing Foundation. She has taken hearing aids herself to African children. She supports the Red Cross (and has been on the Red Cross celebrity cabinet). She also is a huge supporter of causes combating domestic violence and sexual abuse. She interviewed on Larry King Live with guest host Joy Behar, according to CNN, to admit finally that she had been molested as a child by a 16-year-old babysitter. The incident led her to drug use, though she never told her family. She finally opened up to her husband, she said.
Whatever else she accomplishes with her own time and energy, Marlee Matlin is sure to be a star on Celebrity Apprentice, and surely her green celebrity work is one of the reasons Donald Trump has chosen her to appear on Celebrity Apprentice this season. Matlin, perhaps more than some other celebrities on the show, is 110% dedicated to her causes, since she has lived through them herself. As she said on her interview with NBC, she knows how much it means to those who can hear for the first time.