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Flashback Friday: Remembering Mark Medoff With a Scene From Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Matlin became the first deaf performer to win an Oscar in the late playwright’s award-winning work.

Mark Medoff, author of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning drama Children of a Lesser God, passed away earlier this week at the age of 79. The play, which follows the romance between a deaf woman and the man tasked with teaching her how to speak, not only earned acclaim onstage, but was adapted for the screen in 1986 and made Marlee Matlin the first and only deaf performer to win an Academy Award.

This Friday, we're paying tribute to Medoff's iconic work with a look at Matlin's Oscar-winning performance onscreen.