Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will perform the national anthem with Lady Gaga at the 50th Super Bowl, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Lady Gaga will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, according to the report. Matlin will perform in American Sign Language, or ASL.
According to Matlin’s official website, the actress, author, and advocate has “received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress … In addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.”
Matlin also tweeted, “So excited!! Can’t wait to return to sign my third
#SuperBowl ! Do you know who the other two I signed with were?”
Matlin performed the national anthem at:
On her website, Matlin says, “The opportunity to communicate in sign language, one of the most beautiful languages in the world, is an advantage that deaf people enjoy. It’s a language that combines several elements at once with a simple hand movement and facial expression: meaning, affect, time and duration. It’s just so beautiful that printed or spoken words can’t begin to describe it.”
Matlin has an app to teach sign language, Marlee Signs, available at iTunes.
The star will return to her role as Melody Bledsoe in Season Five of Switched at Birth (see link for picture with her “son” Emmet filming the new season).
Switched at Birth’s Facebook page hasn’t released an air date for the new season yet, but it should be in August 2016.
Do you need a sign language interpreter for your event? Don’t let Lady Gaga be the only one with an interpreter.