September 2008 - November 2008: Issue 28
A Special Issue On Deaf Performing Arts


Deaf Icons: Opening Doors In The Entertainment World

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These women have not only played major roles both in front of and behind the scenes, they have encouraged producers and directors to hire professional actors and consultants who are deaf.

Linda Bove

Ms. Bove portrayed Linda the Librarian on "Sesame Street" from 1971 to 2003. She and Ed Waterstreet established the Deaf West theatre in Los Angeles.


Deanne Bray

From 2002 to 2005 Ms. Bray appeared in the lead role of "Sue Thomas, FBEye" on the PAX cable channel. She has guest starred in several TV programs.


Julianna Fjeld

Ms. Fjeld, Co-Executive Producer of Hallmark Hall of Fame's production of "Love is Never Silent" received the 1986 Emmy for best picture. The film was based on Joanne Greenberg's novel, "In This Sign."


Phyllis Frelich

Ms. Frelich received the 1980 Best Actress Tony Award for her role as Sarah Norman in "Children of a Lesser God." She has made many guest appearances on television programs including the Emmy-award winning Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Love is Never Silent."


Marlee Matlin

Ms. Matlin received the 1986 Best Actress Oscar for the role in the film version of "Children of a Lesser God." Since then she has received numerous Emmy award nominations for her many roles in television.