Profile of Terrylene - A Deaf Actress and Deaf Rights Advocate

In addition to being an actress, Terrylene is an advocate for the right to use sign language. Jamie Grill/ Getty Images

Terrylene's Career Starts

Born Terrylene Sacchetti, Terrylene began her career as Terrylene Theriot, before dropping the Theriot and becoming just Terrylene. Her acting career actually began at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C.

Terrylene's Major Television Roles

Terrylene is best known for her recurring role as Laura Williams in the television program Beauty and the Beast, which aired from 1987 to 1990.

Returning to television, she played Mary Mooney on the UPN show Veronica Mars (October 2005). In addition, she has also had guest roles on well-known shows like Cagney & LaceyDoogie Howser, MD, Saving Grace, and E.R.

Terrylene's Major Stage Roles

Terrylene starred in the play Sweet Nothing in My Ear, about cochlear implants. She has also had one-woman shows. One of these one-woman shows has been adapted into a feature film. She even toured Europe in a musical production of Godspell

Terrylene's Movie Credits

You can find Terrylene as Christa in Listen Carefully (1991), Julie in Natural Born Killers (1994), and Laura in After Image (2001). Her most recent work is a short film produced in 2011 titled Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language.

Terrylene's Other Accomplishments

In addition to being an actress, Terrylene is also an accomplished poet. Her show, Through Bare Hands, featured ASL (American Sign Language) poetry.

Additional News Coverage of Terrylene

Terrylene has been on the cover of Deaf Life magazine, in their July 1992 issue. In 1994, she sued Burger King for refusing to fill her written order. A settlement was reached which included Terrylene acting as a consultant to the company for 18 months during which time she was to advise them on ways to accomodate the hearing impaired.

During that same year, she received the "Woman of the Year" award from the city of Los Angeles for her work as an equal rights advocate. She is also recognized as an advocate for the right to sign, early intervention for Deaf infants, and access to mental health care for Deaf persons. This cause is quite personal for Terrylene, as her son lost his battle with depression in March of 2014. Terrylene contributes to the blog Celebrating Gio's Life. She can also be found on Facebook.


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Updated September 15, 2015 by Melissa Karp, Au.D

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