Marlee Matlin, best actress

“Children of Lesser God” (1986)<br>
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The hearing-impaired actress who became a leading contender earlier this year on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” has a late-night nude swim in a pool in her acclaimed film debut, for which she received the Academy Award. Matlin played Sarah Norman, a troubled young woman working at a school for the hearing impaired in New England who falls into a relationship with a new teacher <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002492" title="William Hurt" href="/topic/entertainment/william-hurt-PECLB002492.topic">(William Hurt</a>).
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( Takashi Seida / Paramount )

“Children of Lesser God” (1986)

The hearing-impaired actress who became a leading contender earlier this year on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” has a late-night nude swim in a pool in her acclaimed film debut, for which she received the Academy Award. Matlin played Sarah Norman, a troubled young woman working at a school for the hearing impaired in New England who falls into a relationship with a new teacher (William Hurt).

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