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Marlee Matlin’s experiences with abuse, drugs and violence

April 16, 2009

Marlee Matlin writes a book (I’ll scream later) about her experiences with abuse, drugs and violence.

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 world.

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 E. Kelley.
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 their community.

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.

Actress Marlee Matlin appears on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Monday night to talk about her sexual abuse. [Read more…]

For Chicago people, Border Books on 16th St. in OakBrook at 7 pm, Marlee Matlin will be there to sign the book tomorrow night (Friday, April 17th). So, it is your chance to meet her in person.

Local Schedule Appearances (For booksigning)

April 17th – Borders #20, Oak Brook, IL
April 18th – Monteverde Academy, Orlando, FL
April 19th – NTID, Rochester, NY
April 20th – Unique Lives, Denver
April 21st – Cal State Northridge, CA
April 26th – LA Times Book Festival, CA
April 27th – Unique Lives, San Jose
May 6th – Star Ceremony, Hollywood Walk of Fame, CA
May 8th – Barnes & Noble #2089, The Grove, LA

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  1. Billythegoat
    April 17, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I will be there tomorrow to get my book sign by Marlee.

  2. April 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    See you there tonight!

  3. April 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Note to readers:

    We will post the pictures and video of Marlee Matlin soon.

    FB Editors

  4. April 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I would like to invite Marlee Matlin over to the Border and Barnes store located in Midtown plaza, Atlanta, Georgia to sign up her book. Deaf people at Georgia Perimeter College would like to sign up the book for her also in nearest future date.

  5. July 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Best Wishes!,

  1. April 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm
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