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Marlee Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-winning American actress who is almost completely deaf.
She appeared on Sesame Street during the 20th season, as a grouch groupie who signed "Just the Way You Are" while Billy Joel sang it to Oscar. The segment was included in Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!.
Matlin made her film debut in 1986, as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress. She subsequently became more active on television, starring as D. A. Tess Kaufman on the courtroom series Reasonable Doubts (1991-1993), and recurring as dancing bandit turned mayor Laurie Bey on Picket Fences, Marlee the librarian on Blue's Clues, and pollster Joey Lucas on The West Wing. Guest credits include spots on Seinfeld (as Jerry's lip-reading girlfriend), Desperate Housewives, The Practice, ER, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.