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Critically acclaimed and award-winning actress Marlee
Matlin reveals the illuminating, moving, and often
surprising story of how she defied all expectations to
become one of the most prolific and beloved actresses of our
Marlee Matlin entered our lives as the deaf
pupil turned custodian audiences fell in love with in
Children of a Lesser God, a role for which she became
the youngest woman ever to win a Best Actress Oscar. More
than twenty years after her stunning big screen debut, the
Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress is an inspirational
force of nature -- a mother, an activist, and a role model
for millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people around the
In I'll Scream Later, Marlee takes
readers on the frank and touching journey of her life, from
the frightening loss of her hearing at eighteen months old
to the highs and lows of Hollywood, her battles with
addiction, and the unexpected challenges of being thrust
into the spotlight as an emissary for the deaf community.
She speaks candidly for the first time about the troubles of
her youth, the passionate and tumultuous two-year
relationship with Oscar winner William Hurt that dovetailed
with a stint in rehab, and her subsequent romances with
heartthrobs like Rob Lowe, Richard Dean Anderson, and David
Though she became famous at the age of
twenty-one, Marlee struggled all her life to connect with
people, fighting against anyone who tried to hold her back.
Her own mother often hid behind their communication barrier,
and Marlee turned to drugs before she even started high
school. However, she found in acting -- with the
encouragement of her mentor, Henry Winkler -- a discipline,
a drive, and a talent for understanding the human condition
that belied her age and her inability to hear. By the time
Hollywood embraced her, she had almost no formal training, a
fact that caused many other deaf actors to give her the cold
shoulder, even as she was looked upon as a spokesperson for
She has played memorable roles on
wildly popular television shows such as Seinfeld,
The West Wing, and The L Word, danced a
show-stopping cha-cha-cha on Dancing with the Stars,
and now, with uncompromising honesty and humor, Marlee
shares the story of her life -- an enduring tale that is an
unforgettable lesson in following your dreams.
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