Celebrity Apprentice contestant Marlee Matlin owes the Internal Revenue Service $50,000 in unpaid federal income taxes from 2009, the 45-year-old actress confessed to PEOPLE Magazine Thursday. The hearing impaired star shot to international fame after winning the Best Actress Oscar for the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God. Marlee admits, however, that she and her family have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy.
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Oscar-winning star Marlee Matlin is relieved that her nearly lifelong hearing impairment means she doesn’t have to hear gaggles of tween girls squeal for Canadian hearthrob Justin Bieber. She should be glad she can’t hear him sing either, but I digress.
“I am so glad I’m DEAF!” the Children of a Lesser God actress Tweeted from Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards over the weekend. “Every time they mention Justin Bieber or Taylor Lautner, 10,000 girls SCREAM. They are screaming so loud even I CAN HEAR IT!” she joked.
Marlee is mom to a 13-year-old daughter named Isabelle.