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ABC may have convinced Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God) to trip the light fantastic on Dancing with the Stars, according to one well-placed source. Choosing the deaf actress would be a continuation of Dancing’s quest to defy casting expectations and prejudices. For season 4, it lured Heather Mills, who has a prosthetic leg, under the mirrored ball.

Each year the network maintains a huge cone of silence around the show. Matlin’s publicist forwarded all inquiries to ABC. ABC declined to comment on any and all casting, although a spokesperson said, “there are a lot of rumors floating around out there right now.” According to one knowledgeable source, the network even requires all DWTS participants to sign confidentiality agreements. That’s a pity, because we’re dying to know who this year’s dancer from Beverly Hills, 90210 will be! Please say you’re limbering up, Gabrielle Carteris!

The network is expected to announce the entire cast for season 6 sometime later this month. DWTS will return to ABC on March 17.

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