The youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar for her film debut, Matlin’s acting career never slowed down. She went on to receive Emmy nominations for her television work including roles on Seinfeld, The West Wing, and Law & Order: SVU. Most recently, her Apple TV+ film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In addition to acting, Matlin broke barriers when she starred on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She has written three children’s novels, a bestselling autobiography, and released an app to help teach American Sign Language to millions of smartphone users.
A longtime advocate for deaf rights, Matlin continues to break down barriers for herself and others through her acting, awareness, and writing. As she has so aptly stated, “The only thing I can’t do is hear. The rest is there for the taking.”
This inspiring conversation will be offered in ASL and translated through an interpreter.
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