Elmhurst Library to host actress and activist Marlee Matlin in online program – Shaw Local

Elmhurst Public Library joins Illinois State Libraries in welcoming award-winning actress and Illinois native Marlee Matlin to a virtual program at 7 p.m. on September 14. To celebrate Deaf Awareness Month, Matlin will share the highs and lows of his Hollywood career and journey as an activist.

She is the youngest recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her film debut in “Children of a Lesser God,” according to a press release. She went on to receive Emmy Award nominations for her television work, including roles in “Seinfeld,” “The West Wing,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Most recently, his Apple TV+ film “CODA” swept every category in which it was nominated for the 2022 Oscars, including Best Picture.

In addition to acting, Matlin starred in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She’s written three children’s novels, a bestselling autobiography, and launched an app to help teach American Sign Language to millions of smartphone users.

A longtime advocate for deaf rights, Matlin continues to break down barriers for herself and others through her acting, outreach, and writing.

“The only thing I can’t do is hear,” Matlin said in the statement. “The rest is there for the taking.”

“A Conversation with Marlee Matlin” will be offered in ASL and translated by an interpreter. Registration is required to receive information to join the Zoom live event. To register, visit elmlib.org/author. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

It is presented in partnership with Illinois Libraries Present, a collaborative effort designed to bring virtual events with top-selling, esteemed, and diverse speakers to library patrons across the state. More than 140 libraries joined the second season of Illinois Libraries Present, which is funded, in part, by a grant from the State Library of Illinois, a department of the Office of the Secretary of State, at the using funds provided by the US Institute of Museum. and library services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

For information, visit elmlib.org or call 630-279-8696.

Karen O. Fielding