Oscar Winning actress Marlee Matlin was honored with the 2,383rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presided over the ceremony. Guests included actor Henry Winkler, Anne Sweeney, President of Disney-ABC Television Group, actresses Marrissa Jaret Winokur and Jennifer Beals, and Fabian Sanchez, Matlin's partner on "Dancing with the Stars." Children from The International Center of Deafness & the Arts performed a song for Matlin and guests.
6667 Hollywood Boulevard on May 6, 2009.
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 Deaf and hard of hearing children, as she has continued to so throughout her travels worldwide. Since then, Marlee starred in the features, "The Player," "Hear No Evil," in the AIDS drama "It's My Party, " and "What the Bleep Do We Know."
Marlee made her TV debut starring opposite Lee Remick in CBS' "Bridge to Silence," a film that marked her first speaking role. She went on to star in other tele-films including "Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story," "Dead Silence," "Freak City," "Where the Truth Lies," and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Sweet Nothing in my Ear." Marlee also starred in her own NBC series "Reasonable Doubts" opposite Mark Harmon and the Emmy Award winning "Picket Fences" for CBS. Marlee was twice nominated for both a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Drama as well as the People's Choice Awards and has been nominated for four Emmy awards for her guest appearances on "Seinfeld, "Picket Fences," "The Practice" and "Law and Order: SVU." Marlee also starred for seven years on the award winning drama, "The West Wing, " and has made numerous guest appearances including "ER," Desperate Housewives," CSI: New York," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Desperate Housewives." In 2007, she joined the cast of the groundbreaking Showtime series, "The L Word" and in 2008 challenged America to "Read My Hips" when she starred on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
In 1994, Marlee was appointed by President Clinton to the Corporation for National Service and served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and was honored in a Rose Garden ceremony. Marlee currently serves as a national celebrity spokesperson for The American Red Cross and 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. She has received numerous awards for her charity work and was chosen as America On Line's "Chief Everything Officer." She has authored three novels for children, "Deaf Child Crossing," "Nobody's Perfect" and "Leading Ladies" and in 2009, published her New York Times Best Selling autobiography, "I'll Scream Later."