Signs for ACTRESS

Meaning: a woman whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or on television.


Deaf Culture and tidbits

Deaf culture: Did you know that...?

Linda Bove (1945-present) is a deaf American actress who played the part on the children's television program, "Sesame Street" from 1971 to 2003.

Phyllis Frelich (1944-2014): a deaf American actress; a contemporary of American actress Linda Bove.

Alla Kliouka Schaffer, a coda Russian actress. When she won the Green Apple Award for the Best Actress in 1995 at Russian Academy Award, she spoke and then, for the first time in public, spoke in Russian Sign Language to thank her Deaf parents in the audience, shocking the Russian media. Alla and the creator of this website Jolanta were acquaintances between 1994 and 1996.

Marlee Matlin (1965-present) is the first American Deaf actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in the movie "Children of a Lesser God."

Deanne Bray (1971-present) is an American Deaf actress who played the lead role on Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. from 2002 to 2005.

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