Marlee Matlin's lavender lace and silk gown by Theoni Aldredge was a showstopper -- even for 1980s fashion!
The dramatic, plunging neckline tapered into a tightly cinched waist with a lavender silk tie. Balancing the risky top with a modest A-line skirt, Matlin kept the look demure and feminine.
At just 21 years old, Matlin was the youngest woman to receive an Oscar for Best Actress.
She won the award for "Children of a Lesser God," which was her film debut.
What could make this victory even more amazing? Marlee had become deaf at the age of 18. With emotions high, she gave her acceptance speech entirely in sign language.