Oct. 6, 2011
Marlee Matlin has received the Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award, which honors performers with disabilities.
The kudo — which came as a surprise to Matlin — was presented Thursday at the Media Access Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel while Matlin was hosting the breakfast event.
Matlin said in her acceptance speech that that her colleagues need to seek more recognition of actors with disabilities.
“We’re not done yet and we’re going to continue to make noise, to make things happen, and to make it equal for each and every one of us,” Matlin said.
Matlin, who is deaf, won the Best Actress Oscar for “Children of a Lesser God.” Other credits include “The L Word,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Seinfeld,” “The West Wing” and “Dancing With the Stars.”