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Marlee Matlin

At 21, Marlee Matlin was also the youngest best actress winner when she won in 1987 for Children of a Lesser God, her first film (she is also still the only deaf winner of the award).

Other Debut Film Winners

  • Gale Sondergaard for Anthony Adverse, 1936
  • Katina Paxinou for For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1944
  • Eva Marie Saint for On the Waterfront, 1955
  • Jo Van Fleet for East of Eden, 1956
  • Harold Russell for The Best Years of Our Lives, 1947
  • Haing S. Ngor for The Killing Fields, 1985
  • Mercedes McCambridge for All the King’s Men, 1950
  • Shirley Booth for Come Back, Little Sheba, 1953
Image Source: Everett Collection
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