Marlee Matlin is an American actress. She started her acting career in the 1980s with a starring role in the movie Children of a Lesser God. For her performance in her debut role, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the only deaf performer to have won the award. In the 1990s, she starred in the films The Linguini Incident, Hear No Evil, It’s My Party and In Her Defense. She also starred as Tess Kaufman in the TV series Reasonable Doubts, as well as played Mayor Laurie Bey in Picket Fences. In the 2000s, she was known as Joey Lucas in The West Wing and Jodi Lerner in The L Word. In the 2010s, she played Melody Bledsoe in Switched at Birth. SHe also starred in the movies The One I Love and How to Make Love Like an Englishman.