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Born: 1965-08-24
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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The best feeling in the world is when you child just comes up to you and lays their head in your lap, for no other reason but just because.

Tags: Best, Feeling, Reason

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.

Tags: Belong, Earth

The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.

Tags: Deafness, Handicap, Mind

What parent has it easy? I just never make the difficulty of it an obstacle. I just do it.

Tags: Easy, Obstacle, Parent

When I was young I knew I was deaf. I couldn't accept it.

Tags: Accept, Knew, Young

When you're up for an award at the Oscars, try as you might, it's hard to concentrate on the show.

Tags: Hard, Show, Try

Why are people so interested in other people's relationships? It's like stealing.

Tags: Interested, Stealing, Why

How many deaf people do you know in real life? Unless they live in a cave, or are 14, which seems to be true for most people in this business, what could I possibly tell them that they don't already know?

Tags: Business, Life, True

I've been around since I was 19, I won the Oscar when I was 21, I've had a couple of TV series. I've continued to work despite the predictions of some naysayers.

Tags: Since, Won, Work

As a kid, during the school year, my head was often buried in a textbook or Judy Blume book; the words and pictures were the perfect, barrier-free environment for me.

Tags: Book, School, Words

By the time I was a teenager, my desire to be daring and taste everything got me in trouble. Too often, I was in the company of kids my parents would call 'wild.'

Tags: Kids, Parents, Time

Differences are scarier now. The dollar isn't so guaranteed if you don't follow what they see as the norm. But I don't moan about it. I just keep working.

Tags: Follow, Keep, Working

Every one of us is different in some way but for those of us who are more 'different,' we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing as they can... just differently.

Tags: Effort, Less, Put

Hollywood embraced me in the late '80s because there was a good project I was in and it was different. Nowadays, it's about corporate mentality, box office, youth.

Tags: Good, Office, Youth

I can hear you and I can watch your mouth move, and then I put together the sounds and the visual image, and I can understand the words as I integrate the two signals.

Tags: Together, Understand, Words

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and in spite of what most people might have expected from a young girl growing up deaf, life for me was like one long episode of 'The Brady Bunch.' Despite whatever barriers were in my way, I imagined myself as Marcia Brady skating down the street saying 'hi' to everyone, whether they knew me or not.

Tags: Girl, Life, Saying

I have a great husband, great parents and in-laws, and I have help with a nanny. It's not easy, but there are others who do it every day and don't have a high-profile job as I do.

Tags: Great, Husband, Parents

I hope that through my example, such as my role on 'The West Wing,' I can help change attitudes on deafness and prove we can really do everything... except hear.

Tags: Change, Help, Hope

I was 21 years and 218 days old when I received the Academy Award for Best Actress. I had just stepped into an imaginary world that I'd seen at a distance for years.

Tags: Best, Days, Old

If I were offered a cochlear implant today, I would prefer not to have one. But that's not a statement about hearing aids or cochlear implants. It's about who you are.

Tags: Aids, Hearing, Today

It was my father who instilled the 'never say no' attitude I carry around with me today, and who instilled in me a sense of wonder, always taking us on adventures in the car, never telling us the destination.

Tags: Attitude, Car, Today

Looking back now, thinking about that moment in the lights, with my heart pounding, Oscar in my hand, all I can say is I am grateful and humbled - still to this day. Next to marrying my husband and the birth of my children, it is one of the best days ever.

Tags: Best, Heart, Husband

Maybe my way of communicating through sign made me more in tune with my body and how it moved. Who knows? I just know when I saw a stage for the first time, I wanted to be on it.

Tags: Body, Time, Wanted

The hearing aids are very helpful for speech reading. Without the hearing aids, my voice becomes very loud, and I cannot control the quality of my voice.

Tags: Cannot, Control, Reading

The only thing I can't do is hear. I can drive, I have a life with four kids, I work on TV, I do movies, so the deafness question, is it that they want to know because, what? Not sure.

Tags: Life, Movies, Work

There is nothing better than being a parent. It is the most challenging job one could ever ask for. I love being a mom and I love being a friend to my children as well.

Tags: Children, Love, Mom
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What the Bleep Do We Know was not written with a deaf person in mind, but when they met me, it clicked with them to have me in it. But that happens with a lot of actors in Hollywood, not just with me.

Tags: Happens, Mind, Written

When I was 13, I told Henry Winkler I wanted to act. He said, Do it and don't let anyone stand in your way. His validation just made it all the more true. I haven't stopped thanking him since.

Tags: Him, Said, True

When it comes down to it, it's about who you know, and who's a fan. It's about whether you're the right age, whether you're hot or not, whether the studio is into you or not.

Tags: Age, Hot, Whether

I have made the choices that work best for me. I know I cannot please everyone, and that's fine.

Tags: Best, Cannot, Work

There are so many people, deaf or otherwise abled, who are so talented but overlooked or not given a chance to even get their foot in the door.

Tags: Chance, Deaf, Door

I'm different, and my manner invites questions. I'm never afraid to answer.

Tags: Afraid, Answer, Questions

At some point we have to stop and say, There's Marlee, not, There's the deaf actress.

Tags: Deaf, Point, Stop

I'm not broke. Like everybody else, I owe money.

Tags: Else, Everybody, Money

It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I'm not crazy about using.

Tags: Ability, Crazy, Word

Watch me when people say deaf and dumb, or deaf mute, and I give them a look like you might get if you called Denzel Washington the wrong name.

Tags: Give, Might, Wrong

I live my life like everyone else; everyone has their own obstacles. Mine is deafness.

Tags: Else, Everyone, Life

I'm gonna be unemployed when people read this. Ha.

Tags: Gonna, Read, Unemployed

Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.

Tags: Effort, Less, Put

I've always wanted to write a book relating my experiences growing up as a deaf child in Chicago. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn't all about hearing aids and speech classes or frustrations.

Tags: Book, Child, Wanted

The best feeling in the world is when your child comes up to you and lays their head in your lap, for no other reason but just because. I can't wait to have more.

Tags: Best, Feeling, Wait

At the end of the day, it's about the best interests of the children.

Tags: Best, Children, End

Everybody's got a job to do, and I do mine as best I can.

Tags: Best, Everybody, Job

I am writing my second novel for children for Simon and Schuster.

Tags: Children, Second, Writing

I find the mantle of, she works hard for the money, or, she's overcome so many obstacles a bit overused.

Tags: Hard, Money, She

I got a good handshake. A lot of executives tell me I have the best handshake in Hollywood.

Tags: Best, Good, Tell

I guess not being able to hear just made me adventurous and daring. And in most cases, that didn't make my parents very happy with me.

Tags: Able, Happy, Parents

I learned to speak first, and then to sign. I have never really known what it was like to hear, so I can't compare hearing aids to normal hearing.

Tags: Hear, Learned, Speak

I listen to Billy Joel. He is fabulous. I saw him with Elton John when they toured together, it was so great.

Tags: Great, Him, Together

I was the youngest and only girl in a family of two older brothers.

Tags: Family, Girl, Older

It seems we're always in transition and that it's more about trends than it is about what's meaningful.

Tags: Meaningful, Seems, Transition

Living modestly in a suburban neighborhood while trying to support four children through private school is not extravagant or living large.

Tags: Children, School, Trying

My family is healthy and happy.

Tags: Family, Happy, Healthy

Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.

Tags: Hear, Last, Silence