Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1987
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Katy Wesson in When Justice Fails 1999
Turns Tricks By Cruising Pick-Up Joints
Marlee Matlin made history as the first deaf performer to win an Oscar for acting. So it was a challenge to find a role (any role) Marlee Matlin has played that was some how connected to the world of prostitution. There are not a whole lot of deaf prostitute roles out there. Ironically her mentor the late Tony Award Winning Actress Phyllis Frelich once played a deaf prostitute on an episode of Barney Miller.
But the movie where Marlee Matlin plays a femme fatale is the movie When Justice Fails. This flick is a cross between Looking For Mr. Goodbar and Basic Instinct. In fact the cops reference the film Basic Instinct in the movie! Marlee plays an assistant DA with an impressive track record to jailing rapists. However two perpetrators slip through her fingers, but later both wind up murdered. It is later discovered that Marlee character has a secret life. While she prosecutes cases by day, she turns tricks by night. Cruising bars and dance clubs looking for a one-night stand.
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