Matlin began learning to use sign language around the age of 5, but her parents struggled.
"[My parents] learned some sign language to communicate with me, but they raised me with a great deal of love and respect, and it wasn't easy for them because of who I was—being a girl, being very stubborn, being very strong willed, being very outspoken, and very independent," Matline explained to Exceptional Parent magazine.
Matalin's first campaign was Illinois Lieutenant Governor Dave O'Neal's bid for the U. Leaving briefly to attend Hofstra University School of Law, Matalin dropped out after just one year, and in 1984 returned to the RNC.'It was just the culture of the show,' the source said.'But now it's a little more serious because it's not a joke anymore!But he worried that I was so young I would lose interest in him.Our fights were made far worse by his drinking and my drug use." Both stars were Oscar nominated for their roles in the movie, but when Matlin won and Hurt didn't, she claims their relationship soured: "(He asked me) 'What makes you think you deserve it (the Oscar)? But if I saw him walk in the door now, I would probably run to the bathroom.