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Eliza Lucas

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Agricultural innovator and plantation manager who built colonial Southern Carolina’s economy about the money crop of indigo, which, in its prepared form (as dye), was a significant pre-Revolutionary Battle export. At age sixteen, she became the principal supervisor of Wappoo Plantation, among her family’s SC landholdings. Her child, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, authorized america Constitution and went because the 1800 vice-presidential applicant for the Federalist Party. She was raised on a sugars plantation within the English Western Indies. She later on married SC Main Justice Charles Pinckney. She and Wayne Hammond — a pre-Civil Battle SC governor — had been both SC plantation owners and slaveholders.

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Full Name Marlee Matlin
Date Of Birth December 28, 1722
Died May 26, 1793, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.63 m
Profession Inventor
Education John Hersey High School, Harper College
Nationality American, English
Spouse Kevin Grandalski, Charles Pinckney
Children Sara Rose Grandalski, Isabelle Jane Grandalski, Tyler Daniel Grandalski, Brandon Joseph Grandalski, Thomas Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Harriott Pinckney, Thomas Lucas, George Lucas Pinckney
Parents Libby Matlin, Donald Matlin, Ann Lucas, George Lucas
Siblings Marc Matlin, Eric Matlin
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
Movies Children of a Lesser God, What the Bleep Do We Know!?, Hear No Evil, It's My Party, Bridge to Silence, Sweet Nothing in My Ear, Two Shades of Blue, In Her Defense, The Linguini Incident, Dead Silence, Excision, Some Kind of Beautiful, Freak City, Where the Truth Lies, When Justice Fails, L'homme au masque d'or, The One I Love, Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, Askari, Walker, Kiss My Act, Through Deaf Eyes, 4Closed, Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story, Silent Knights, Baby Einstein: My First Signs, Baby Einstein: Baby Wordsworth, Snitch
TV Shows Switched at Birth, The Apprentice, The L Word, Picket Fences, Sweet Justice, Reasonable Doubts, Dancing with the Stars
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Delivered her children Sara, Tyler and Isabella via Caesarean section and her son Brandon via forceps.
2Suffered a miscarriage in December 1998.
3Is one of 4 actresses to win the Best Actress Oscar for her film debut (Children of a Lesser God (1986)). The others are Shirley Booth (for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Julie Andrews (for Mary Poppins (1964)), and Barbra Streisand (for Funny Girl (1968)).
4Her father was of Russian Jewish descent. Her maternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants.
5Was the 94th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won a Best Actress Oscar for Children of a Lesser God (1986) at The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) on March 30, 1987.
6She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 6, 2009.
7Competing on the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars (2005). Her dance partner was newcomer Fabian Sanchez. [February 2008]
8Eliminated during the sixth week of Dancing with the Stars (2005). [April 2008]
9Gave birth to her fourth child at age 38: a daughter, Isabelle Jane Grandalski, on December 26, 2003. The child's father is her husband, Kevin Grandalski.
10Gave birth to her third child at age 36: a son, Tyler Daniel Grandalski, on July 18, 2002. The child's father is her husband, Kevin Grandalski.
11Gave birth to her second child at age 35: a son, Brandon Joseph Grandalski, on September 12, 2000. The child's father is her husband, Kevin Grandalski.
12Gave birth to her first child at age 30: a daughter, Sara Rose Grandalski, on January 19, 1996. The child's father is her husband, Kevin Grandalski.
13At the age of 7, she played Dorothy Gale in a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at ICODA (International Center on Deafness and the Arts).
14Marlee started out as a stage actress.
15Deaf actress Marlee Matlin has been handed a special award from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for performers with disabilities.
16Revealed in her biography "I'll Scream Later" that her relationship with William Hurt was physically abusive on both sides and that their fights were alcohol and drug-fueled.
17Found out about her Oscar nomination for Children of a Lesser God (1986) from her interpreter Jack Jason when she was in rehab in the Betty Ford Clinic for 26 days, seeking help because of her drug problems. She didn't want to field questions from the press about her nomination, since she didn't want them to know that she was in recovery, so she responded to Jack, "I'll scream later." That phrase became the title of her 2009 memoir.
18Credits ex-boyfriend William Hurt with helping her seek help for her drug abuse.
19Named godmother of Holland-America Line cruise ship the MS Noordam.
20Close friends with Jennifer Beals.
21Lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Kevin, and their four children [2009].
22She is profoundly deaf. Her right ear has complete loss, while her left ear has around 80% loss. She is the only member of her family who is deaf.
23As a child, she attended a synagogue for the deaf.
24Her daughter Sarah was born on the same day an episode of Picket Fences (1992) aired, in which her character, Laurie Bey, also gave birth.
25Youngest person to win the Oscar in the Best Actress Category at the age of 21 and 218 days old. She is also the only deaf actor to win an Academy Award.
26One of a chosen few to win a Best Acting Oscar for a debut performance.
27She presented the Vardon family with $50,000 from a charity for the Vardons' son to go to the college of his choice. This was on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003). The Vardon family is made up of two deaf parents, a hearing older son (Stefan) and a younger son who is both blind and autistic.
28Attended and graduated from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
29Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
30Was married in Henry Winkler's (the Fonz's) backyard.
31Her husband, Kevin Grandalski, is a police officer.
32Initially, she believed that she was rendered deaf in infancy by a bout of roseola infantum but later found out that roseola doesn't cause deafness. In the 1990s, a doctor told her mother that he believed that Matlin had a genetically malformed cochlea, which meant that she could likely hear when she was born but that her hearing receded over the first couple of years of her life.
33Used to live with William Hurt.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Silent Knightsannounced
Silent Voicepre-productionBeth
Code Black2016TV SeriesKathy Byrne
Switched at Birth2011-2015TV SeriesMelody Bledsoe Melody
Some Kind of Beautiful2014Cindy
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey2014TV Mini-Series documentaryAnnie Jump Cannon
Family Guy2012-2014TV SeriesStella
The One I Love2014Diner Patron
No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie2013Marlee Matlin
Foreclosed2013VideoAlly Turner
Excision2012Amber
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2011TV SeriesProfessor Julia Holden
The L Word2007-2009TV SeriesJodi Lerner
Sweet Nothing in My Ear2008TV MovieLaura Miller
Nip/Tuck2008TV SeriesBarbara Shapiro
My Name Is Earl2006-2007TV SeriesRuby Whitlow
Baby Einstein: My First Signs2007Video shortSign Language Instructor
CSI: NY2006TV SeriesGina Mitchum
The West Wing2000-2006TV SeriesJoey Lucas
What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole2006DocumentaryAmanda
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004-2005TV SeriesDr. Amy Solwey
Desperate Housewives2005TV SeriesAlisa Stevens
Baby Einstein: Baby Wordsworth2005Video short voice
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?2004DocumentaryLead
I'm with Her2004TV SeriesMarlee Matlin
Blue's Clues2002-2003TV SeriesMarlee the Librarian / Librarian
The Division2003TV SeriesAnn Polton
Askari2001Paula McKinley
Kiss My Act2001TV MovieCasey
Gideon's Crossing2001TV SeriesLindsay Warren
The Practice2000TV SeriesSally Berg
Judging Amy1999TV SeriesEliza Spears
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV SeriesTeacher
Where the Truth Lies1999TV MovieDana Sue Lacey
When Justice Fails1999Katy Wesson
In Her Defense1999Jane Claire
Two Shades of Blue1999Beth McDaniels
ER1999TV SeriesSign Language Instructor
Freak City1999TV MovieCassandra
Spin City1997TV SeriesSarah
The Larry Sanders Show1997TV SeriesMarlee Matlin
Dead Silence1997TV MovieMelanie Charrol
Snitch1996Cindy
Picket Fences1993-1996TV SeriesMayor Laurie Bey Laurie Bey
It's My Party1996Daphne Stark
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesJennifer Winter
Sweet Justice1995TV SeriesBrianna Holland
Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story1994TV MovieCarrie Buck
Adventures in Wonderland1994TV SeriesApril Hare
Seinfeld1993TV SeriesLaura
Reasonable Doubts1991-1993TV SeriesAsst. Dist. Atty. Tess Kaufman
Hear No Evil1993Jillian Shanahan
The Player1992Marlee Matlin
The Linguini Incident1991Jeanette
L'homme au masque d'or1991María
Bridge to Silence1989TV MoviePeggy Lawrence
Walker1987Ellen Martin
Children of a Lesser God1986Sarah Norman

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Deaf Family2008executive producer
Baby Einstein: My First Signs2007Video short producer
Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off2003TV Movie executive producer
Where the Truth Lies1999TV Movie executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Apprentice2011TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHerself
Broadway.com 2016 Tony Awards Special2016TV MovieHerself
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Working in the Theatre2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHerself
2014 Hero Dog Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Glee2014TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CinemAbility2013DocumentaryHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2013TV SeriesHerself
Marie2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Good Morning America2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Talk2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
Miss Deaf International2012DocumentaryHerself
The Jeff Probst Show2012TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film, Looks at Johnny Belinda2012TV MovieHerself
The Projected Image: Disability Stereotypes in Film2012TV MovieHerself
The 37th Annual Gracie Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
The Apprentice2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself - Guest Boardroom Advisor / Herself - Finalist
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade2011TV MovieHerself
Wicked2011TV SeriesHerself - Contributor
The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself
The Nate Berkus Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump2011TV MovieHerself - Roaster
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2004-2010TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Host
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHerself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20102010TV SpecialHerself
Dancing with the Stars2008-2010TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Audience Member
Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show2009TV ShortHerself (voice)
See Hear2009TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2009TV SeriesHerself
The Hour2009TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2008TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood2008TV SeriesHerself
The Red Dress Collection 2007 Fashion Show2008Video documentaryHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2004-2008TV SeriesHerself
Dispatches from Nicaragua2008Video documentaryHerself
10th Annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration2007TV MovieHerself
Rachael Ray2007TV SeriesHerself
Super Bowl XLI2007TV SpecialHerself - National Anthem Performer
Golden Karma Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
75th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2006TV SpecialHerself
Baby Einstein: Baby's Favorite Places First Words Around Town2006Video shortHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2002-2003TV SeriesHerself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHerself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHerself
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1995TV SeriesHerself
The Puzzle Place1995TV SeriesHerself
The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Winner
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration1994TV MovieHerself
Super Bowl XXVII1993TV MovieHerself - National Anthem Performer
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series Drama
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHerself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Made for Television Movie
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International1992TV SpecialHerself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Film Sequence on Favorite Films (uncredited)
Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit1990TV MovieHerself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit1988TV SpecialHerself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Comic Relief '871987TV SpecialHerself
Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
De película1987TV SeriesHerself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 1986 Annual D.W. Griffith Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2006-2009TV SeriesHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Guilty Pleasures: Courtroom Dramas2005VideoDana Sue Lacey
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!1994TV SpecialHerself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHerself
Especial Oscars 861987TV MovieSarah

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on May 6, 2009 at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.
1987OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleChildren of a Lesser God (1986)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaChildren of a Lesser God (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesPicket Fences (1992)· Amy Aquino
· Kathy Baker
· Don Cheadle
· Kelly Connell
· Fyvush Finkel
· Lauren Holly
· Costas Mandylor
· Justin Shenkarow
· Tom Skerritt
· Ray Walston
· Adam Wylie
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesAgainst Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (1994)
1995Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsSpecialty PlayerPicket Fences (1992)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesSeinfeld (1989)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesPicket Fences (1992)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaReasonable Doubts (1991)
1993Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesReasonable Doubts (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaReasonable Doubts (1991)
1992Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesReasonable Doubts (1991)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressChildren of a Lesser God (1986)

TitleSalary
Children of a Lesser God (1986)$50,000 .00

#Quote
1I have a lot of great memories of high school and some horrible ones. I got in trouble for smoking pot, and I got in trouble for ditching class for smoking pot and smoking more pot. I had a good time in high school, and it's all great memories... All great memories, just all a long time ago... By the way I want to make it clear I have been sober for 28 years. Just had to put that out there. (in a Playbill interview with the cast of the 2015 production of the teen-centered musical "Spring Awakening"; all of their cast members were asked for their memories of high school.)
2In response to a new 2006 PBS censorship policy requiring additional visual pixelization for the deaf of recognizable lip movements of sworn words: All I can say is I've been reading the lips of bleeped-out words, angry baseball players, and stoned-out rock stars on awards shows for years and it's been hilarious. Everyone is always asking me what the bleeped-out parts are saying. Just say no to pixelization! Hehe.
3The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.
4Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.
5The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.


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