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Phyllis Frelich (born February 29, 1944) is an
actress, and, with Marlee Matlin, one of the two pre-eminent
deaf actresses in the United States.
Frelich was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota to
deaf parents and is the oldest of 9 children (all of whom are also
deaf). She attended North Dakota School for
the Deaf, graduating in 1962, and then went on to study at
Gallaudet College (now known as Gallaudet University), a school
for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Frelich originated the leading female role in the Broadway
production of Children of a Lesser
God, for which she won the 1980 Best Actress Tony Award.
played Frelich's role in the film version, and won the Best Actress
She has been married to Robert Steinberg for many years, and
they have two children.
She performed the ASL interpretation of Jewel's rendition
of the national anthem at Super Bowl