Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) made her screen acting debut in Children of a Lesser God (1986), garnering both her first Golden Globe nomination and win. Her role as the lead female in the television series Reasonable Doubts (1991-1993) earned her two additional Golden Globe nominations. Having lost her hearing at about 18 months old, Matlin is known for playing deaf or hard of hearing characters and has appeared in episodes of The West Wing, Seinfeld, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Desperate Housewives, and The L Word (2007-2009). In 2017, Matlin was cast as a series regular on Quantico. In addition to acting, Matlin works with a number of charitable organizations focusing on disabilities and disability rights.