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I found this picture of Marlee Matlin and me. I remember it was a fun photo shoot. While she was in hair and makeup, the photographer took a few test shots of me to make sure the lighting etc. was set up properly. He snapped a picture of the two of us before I interviewed her. She had just gotten all made up. Me? As you can see, not so much. But, I still like the photo. And it reminds me that I want to dig out that James Dean shirt for the summer. (I used to collect them. Did you know that?)

Go Away With … Marlee Matlin

After winning an Academy Award for her breakthrough performance in “Children of a Lesser God,” Marlee Matlin has proven herself to be a serious actress with a deft comedic touch. But Matlin, 42, is also an accomplished author of children’s books. Her latest, “Leading Ladies” ($15.99, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing), which features a spunky young heroine who Matlin says is a lot like she was as a child, picks up where her previous books “Deaf Child Crossing” and “Nobody’s Perfect” left off. As for acting, Matlin returns to the fifth season of “The L Word” next month, and also has an upcoming guest-starring role on “Nip/Tuck”. But for now, the well-traveled actress – who resides in Los Angeles with her husband and children – reminisces about one of her favorite vacations: a Mediterranean cruise.

Marlee Matlin: ‘A Chicago girl, inside and out’

Since winning the Academy Award for her breakthrough performance in “Children of a Lesser God,” Marlee Matlin has been renowned for her acting. But Matlin also is an accomplished author of children’s books.

Marlee Matlin

Blessed with a simple, heartbreaking beauty, Marlee Matlin carries her star status with self-effacing humor. A native of Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Matlin presently lives in New York. Having lost her hearing at the age of 18 months, she was recently back in town to attend the creative arts festival at the Center on Deafness in Des Plaines where she had been a student.

A stroke of genius: He’s young and hungry but the ideas come fast

Frank Lindner was too young to buy a copy of Playboy at most stores when he went to work as the magazine’s art historian. Before leaving his teens, he had worked his way into a job that sounds like every man’s fantasy come to life. Today, the 22-year-old bachelor is works as a free-lance art director and illustrator for the Limelight nightclub. His latest work – a series of sensual murals dubbed “Erotic Haze” – is on exhibit through October at the Limelight, 632 N. Dearborn.