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Marlee Matlin

2022 Speaker

MARLEE MATLIN received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in 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, Matlin received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In 2021, Matlin was nominated for an Academy Award once again as executive producer for the Live Action Short,  Feeling Through. Her Apple TV+ film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  Matlin has also starred in numerous television projects, including Seinfeld, The West Wing, Law and Order SVU, The L Word, and Switched At Birth, garnering four Emmy nominations along the way. In 2022, Matlin made her first foray into directing, being the first network television director who is Deaf for the Fox TV anthology drama, Accused. Matlin’s app, appropriately titled Marlee Signs, teaches American Sign Language to millions of smartphone users. She has also penned three novels for children, as well as her New York Times best-selling autobiography, I’ll Scream Later. In 2022, Matlin was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Despite the odds, Matlin’s journey is inspiring to everyone, regardless of the barriers they face, and she has refused to let the naysayers get in the way of her dreams of success.