Birth Name: Marlee Beth Matlin
Place of Birth: Morton Grove, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 24, 1965
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Marlee Matlin is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Children of a Lesser God (1986). She is the only deaf actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, and the youngest to win (at 21).
Marlee’s paternal grandparents were Edward Matlin and Ann Weinstein (the daughter of Max Weinstein and Etta Levin). Edward was born in Gomel, Belarus. Max was born in Russia, the son of Aaron David Weinstein and Devorah Hackman. Etta was born in Russia and/or Poland.
Marlee’s maternal grandparents were Paul Hammer (the son of Itzkhak/Isaac Hirsh Hammer and Gittel/Gertrude) and Ruth Tekler. Paul and Ruth were born in Poland. Itzkhak was the son of Jacob/Jake Hammer and Fannie.
In 2017, Marlee stated:
I have brought Judaism into my home and married it nicely with my husband and his family who are Catholics. We are equal opportunity when it comes to holidays and traditions…
Unfortunately, where I live there is not a temple with a signing rabbi, and though I’m sure I could go to a local temple with an interpreter, I prefer to take the lessons I learned, the richness of Judaism and the culture that my parents passed along to me, and share it with my family, making the best home that I know how to. By the way, I’m finally fulfilling a lifelong dream, one I’ve had ever since I was bat mitzvahed — I am traveling to Israel this summer for the first time on behalf of the Ruderman Foundation. While I’m there, I plan to look up my family and take in all the Holy Land sites. I can’t wait!
Source: Genealogy of Marlee Matlin – http://www.geni.com
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