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Sarah Norman

Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Matlin plays Sarah Norman, a custodial worker who works at a school for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, in Children of a Lesser God. Sarah is deaf and communicates using sign language, but a new teacher at the school, James (played by William Hurt), develops a romantic relationship with her and encourages her to speak aloud. Matlin, one of the most well-known modern actresses with profound hearing loss, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance. She is still the only deaf actress to have won an Academy Award. One of the film’s biggest criticisms was that it catered to a hearing audience; James spoke Sarah’s sentences out loud instead of the film using subtitles.

Sarah Norman - Children of a Lesser God

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