Thursday, February 21, 2008
Marlee Matlin on Oprah and Dancing With the Stars
Ah yes, the rumors are so true, Marlee Matlin is in the line up for the new Dancing with the Stars season. She will be on Oprah today along with the other cast members.
USA Today published an interview with Marlee: Deaf Matlin Follows in Mills' Footsteps. Marlee isn't worried about following the music. "The stairs at the top of the stage--I'm thinking heels, stairs, and I start to sweat," she says in the USA Today article.
A deaf gal dancing to music? But how?
Like me, Marlee has some hearing with her hearing aids. She can follow music and lyrics with practice. We both share a common love of Billy Joel's music and by memorizing the lyrics, we can follow along.
Billy Joel's song, "Just the Way You Are" was my wedding song and I knew that song backwards and forwards. Yet, because we had a band playing the music and singing the song, I had difficulty following it and had to glance at the interpreter to keep up with the words. If I could do my wedding dance over again, I'd definitely play a CD recording instead. The music and lyrics are so ingrained that any deviation from it makes me lose the ability to follow it.
I haven't watched "Dancing with the Stars" before, but I'm looking forward to Marlee kicking up her heels!
I'm in the middle of the Oprah show and watching the stars from previous shows dance. Riding a Cowboy--need I say more? ::::Fannning myself::::: I'm hooked already!
According to Jamie Berke, Marlee now has a blog on My Space: MySpace.com/marleematlinrealdeal