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Marlee Matlin testifies at an FCC hearing at Gallaudet. (Rhea Kennedy/Gallaudet University)

An occasional look at the legions of Hollywood advocates amassing in our city, pushing for change. Friday's showbiz crusader: Marlee Matlin.

Event: FCC hearing on broadband access for people with disabilities, at Gallaudet University.

Her role: Testifying for the National Association of the Deaf.

Bona fides: The Oscar winner had big celebvocate success 20 years ago lobbying for TV captioning.

What she wants: The same thing, on the Internet. Said she can't get captions in streaming video of movies or newscasts. "It is simply a matter of making sure access reflects the changing landscape," she said through an interpreter.

How she looked: Dazzling. Like a movie star playing a lobbyist. Black blazer and slacks, turquoise sweater, very high heels, flashing blue eyes.

Observation: Impassioned but poised. Audience members -- who gave her the hands-in-the-air wave the deaf community uses for applause -- liked her very "crisp" signing style.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 9, 2009; 1:01 AM ET
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