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.
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November 9, 2009; 1:01 AM ET
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