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Audree Norton, trail-blazing deaf actress, dies at 88

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Actress Audree Norton, one of the first deaf actresses to be prominently featured on a network TV show, died in April, according to an obituary published Monday. She was 88 years old. Norton was born in 1927 in Great Falls, Mont. and received her bachelor’s at Washington D.C.’s Gallaudet University. In 1967, she was a founding member of the National Theatre of the Deaf. The following year, she appeared in CBS’s Mannix as Jody Wellman, a woman who reads the lips of someone and is tipped off to a murder. She was also featured in episodes of Family AffairThe Man and the City, and The Streets of San Francisco. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Kenneth, two children, two grandchildren, and a great-grandson.