Marlee Matlin made her mark at the age of 21 as the youngest and only deaf woman to win the academy award for Best Actress In A Leading Award. Now she must do battle with America’s favorite public servants, the IRS. The Children of a Lesser God actress revealed to People she owes the IRS $50,000 dollars in back taxes and is in the process of working out a payment plan. Because she is not an A-Lister by any means, this will have a significant impact on her family’s daily life, including selling her Pasadena home and taking her children out of private school.

A Reuters public records search revealed the family seeks a tad less than $900 thousand dollars for their 2,600 square foot home; which while steep, gives an indication of just how nice the city of Pasadena is. She maintains that the back taxes does not make her a “bad person," she told People. "It's reality. It's the reality that a lot of people in America are facing."

Whether or not that’s true is irrelevant; but this serves as both a word of warning and a reminder to those who believe every celebrity lives a million dollar lifestyle. Yeah, Matlin’s doing better than I’ll ever do, but it’s probably unfair to say that an extravagant lifestyle led to this snafu. Marlee is currently a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice; unfortunately she’s competing for charity, which means that even a victory will not help her cause.

The actress appears on television from time to time, although she does not have a steady paycheck, and truly never has. Her husband is a police officer and they have four children together. If more proof was needed to show that the economy has hit everyone hard, this should suffice.

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