MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Actress and activist Marlee Matlin was in the bluff city Tuesday, as the guest speaker at Methodist's Mental Health Awareness breakfast and Local 24 Cares is a proud sponsor.
She spoke about her struggle of being a deaf actress in Hollywood and has a message of hope for those with a disability or anyone who has gone through pain.
“Don't let anyone define you. Don't let anyone define your deafness. Keep dreaming,” says Matlin.
In her autobiography “I'll Scream Later,” Matlin describes her drug abuse and how it drove her to check herself into the Betty Ford center. She also addresses the sexual abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her babysitter.
Matlin says she identifies with actors in Hollywood, saying Times Up and Me Too.
"Yes, times up, and it's time for equality for all women, for everyone men and women who have been exploited people -- people who run studios, people who run corporations, people who work in hotels, whatever it may be. We're just not home-workers, not just women that birth the babies, not people who just clean your house,” says Matlin.
Local 24 Anchor Katina Rankin was honored to serve as the emcee of the breakfast Tuesday morning.