Celebrities on Carson's Book
Actress Marlee Matlin, Miss America and Oprah
In her novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers offers the "hearing" world a glimpse of what it may have been like to be deaf in the 1930s. To learn more about being deaf, Oprah sat down with OscarĀ© winning actress Marlee Matlin, her signer Jack, and former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum to help us all understand.

"I was impressed with Carson's ability to talk about another time and another generation," said Marlee. "She captured deafness, not with the terms we use to describe it today, but accurately for her time and place."