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telling me, know you can do
it,' before I thought I could do
it.
In her senior yew-, on a recom-
mendation from Gallauclet and
the National Theater for the
Deaf, she was invited. via email
to audition for the sitcom
Centre. She got the part, moved
to L.A. in 2002, and has worked
steadily ever since.
She admits to having a lot of
second thoughts, doubts and
fears" in the past, but as it hap-
pens, "being deaf has really
helped me as an actor," she says.
"I'm able to find so many dif-
ferent types of roles. I've played a
high school student, a college
student, a morn, a rape victim.
They're all deaf, but I've applied
Shoshannah Stern
myself to each one of those ch
aaers. I bring truth to the char-
few major details out of her and hope-
acters.
fully that will be enough to write her
But at the same time, she believes,
story
Every time I see her, I pester her
"There's no reason why I should be lim-
about
it. Its my dream to get her story
ited [only] to roles that are deaf. I live in
told,
soon
enough that I could act in
the hearing world. I function just fine.
i
t.
My friends know Inc as Shoshannah,
Stern, who enjoys yoga, listening
not as a deaf person."
to
the music of Coldplay (even
Rai.sed with Jewish traditions, Stern
though
she has trouble understand-
attended synagogue on the High
ing
lyrics)
and spending time with
Holidays and observed Shabba.t- at
her
boyfriend
(he's hearing but can
home, but did not, regretfully, become a
sign),
hopes
that
Holly becomes a
bat mitzvah. "It had a lot to do with
role
model
for
young
deaf actresses
how involved I would be because there

the
way
roles
played
by 'Varlet
wouldn't be an interpreter present," she
Matlin
inspired
her
0
explains.
Her Threat Matrix character, Holly,
isn't Jewish, but Stem hopes to play a
particular _Jewish role someday: her
Threat Matrix premieres 8 p.m.
grandmother, the only member of her
Thursday,
Sept. 18, on ABC.
family to survive the Holocaust
"She won't talk about it I've gotm

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The Goldman family is Jewish, "but I
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maybe that will come into play," Silver
conjectures.
He ranks his current role at the top of
his resume, alongside favorite characters
like Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of
Fortune and Henry Kissinger in Kissinger
and Nixon, and relishes the moral dilem-
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and will return post-World Series on
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Cohen, a public defender who married
into a rich Southern California family
that wasn't particularly welcoming
toward the non-WASP New Yorker.
"He's the only Jew in the neighbor-
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something in common with the poor,
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