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Marlee Matlin joining ‘The L Word’

Oscar-winning actress added to cast of Showtime's lesbian drama
/ Source: The Associated Press

Marlee Matlin is joining the cast of “The L Word,” Showtime’s drama about a circle of gay friends and lovers who move in the trendiest of L.A. circles.

The 40-year-old actress will play “a fiery artist who catches the attention of Jennifer Beals’ character, Bette Porter,” the cable network announced Friday.

Matlin won an Oscar for her portrayal of a deaf student in 1986’s “Children of a Lesser God.” Her TV credits include a recurring role on NBC’s “The West Wing.”

Showtime said the fourth season of the series will premiere early next year.

The ensemble cast also includes Pam Grier, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Rachel Shelley and Daniela Sea.