Deanne Bray

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Deanne Bray
Born (1971-05-14) May 14, 1971 (age 47)
Residence North Hollywood, California
Spouse(s)
Troy Kotsur (m. 2001)
Children1
Website www.deannebray.com

Deanne Bray (born 14 May 1971) [1] is an American actress. Bray was born deaf and is bilingual in American Sign Language and English. She is best known for her role as Sue Thomas in the show Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye . She is also known for her recurring role as Emma Coolidge on Heroes .

American Sign Language Sign language used predominately in the United States

American Sign Language (ASL) is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of Deaf communities in the United States and most of Anglophone Canada. Besides North America, dialects of ASL and ASL-based creoles are used in many countries around the world, including much of West Africa and parts of Southeast Asia. ASL is also widely learned as a second language, serving as a lingua franca. ASL is most closely related to French Sign Language (LSF). It has been proposed that ASL is a creole language of LSF, although ASL shows features atypical of creole languages, such as agglutinative morphology.

Sue Thomas is an American woman who became the first deaf person to work as an undercover specialist doing lip-reading of suspects for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is a Canadian/American television series that premiered in 2002 on the PAX Network. The show ended in May 2005 due to PAX's decision to halt the production of original programming. It was one of the two highest rated shows on the network.

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Personal life

Bray was born in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California and has spent most of her life in southern California, although she lived in Seattle for a few years with her mother. She is married to Troy Kotsur, who is also a deaf actor. On 8 September 2005, she gave birth to daughter Kyra Monique Kotsur. She lives with her family in North Hollywood, a district of Los Angeles. [2]

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Seattle City in Washington, United States

Seattle is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 730,000 residents as of 2018, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. According to U.S. Census data released in 2018, the Seattle metropolitan area’s population stands at 3.87 million, and ranks as the 15th largest in the United States. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. Seattle is the northernmost large city in the United States.

Troy Kotsur is a deaf American actor.

Bray's parents made certain their daughter was instructed from an early age to speak and write English and learn American Sign Language as well, sending her through a variety of learning programs and centers to strengthen her language skills.[ citation needed ] A California native, Bray broke into the entertainment industry after she was discovered performing with a deaf dancing group called "Prism West" at a Deaf festival at California State University, Northridge, where she earned a B.A. degree in Biology.[ citation needed ]

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.

California State University, Northridge university

California State University, Northridge is a public state university located in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley. With a total enrollment of 38,716 students, it has the largest undergraduate population as well as the second largest total student body of the 23-campus California State University system, making it one of the largest comprehensive universities in the State of California and the nation in terms of enrollment size. The size of CSUN also has a major impact on the California economy, with an estimated $1.9 billion in economic output generated by CSUN on a yearly basis. As of Fall 2017, the university has 2,127 faculty, of which 818 are tenured or on the tenure track.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996 What Do Women Want Sharon
2005 Last Mountain Blonde Annie
2007 I See the Crowd Roar: The Story of William Dummy Hoy AnnaDocumentary short
2008 Universal Signs Natalie
2013 No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie ASL Advocate

Theatre

YearTitleRoleNotes
2018Arrival and DepartureEmilyTheater

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: LightningTeddy FranklinTV film
1996 The Pretender Deaf WomanEpisode: "Flyer"
1997 Ellen JulietEpisode: "Ellen's Deaf Comedy Jam"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Jan CurranEpisode: "Murder, Country Style"
2001 Strong Medicine SonnyEpisode: "Fix"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. GilbertEpisode: "Sounds of Silence"
2002–2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Sue Thomas Lead role (56 episodes)
2003L.A. Sheriff's HomicideTechnicianTV film
2006 Rescue Me RoseMaryEpisode: "Hell"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dean PriceEpisode: "Silencer"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm JeanEpisode: "The Rat Dog"
2007 The L Word Amy ReedEpisodes: "Lacy Lilting Lyrics", "Little Boy Blue"
2008 The L Word Amy ReedEpisodes: "Lesbians Gone Wild", "Lay Down the Law"
2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dr. WaltersTV film
2009–2010 Heroes Emma Coolidge Recurring role (9 episodes)
2013 2 Broke Girls JoanneEpisode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"
2014 Grey's Anatomy NicoleEpisode: "Go It Alone"
2014 Switched at Birth Dean of GallaudetEpisode: "It Isn't What You Think"
2017 Veep JulieEpisode: "Qatar"

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