Oscar-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin

On her incredible career and advocating for deaf and disability representation on screen.

Marlee Matlin as Harriet

Marlee Matlin as Harriet in The Magicians.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Eike Schroter/Syfy.

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This week on Represent, Aisha Harris talks to actress Marlee Matlin about her recent guest spot on The Magicians, her 30+ years in Hollywood, and her advocacy for deaf representation on screen. But first, Slate web designer Derreck Johnson shares his “Pre-Woke Watching” story about noticing colorism in movies like House Party and Coming to America.

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Update, April 8, 2017: In the introduction to this episode, Aisha Harris uses an outdated term to refer to people with hearing loss. The preferred terms are “deaf or hard of hearing.” Thanks to our readers and listeners who pointed this out.