oscars best actresses 090113

7. Marlee Matlin

Best Actress, “Children of a Lesser God,” 1987

Marlee Matlin’s 1987 win broke major barriers. She became the first hearing-impaired actor in history to walk away with an Academy Award.

J-Connection: Marlee Matlin comes from a Jewish family of Russian descent. At her bat mitzvah, she was able to read from the Torah by learning Hebrew phonetically.