Phyllis Frelich

by Ashlyn Rhyner

Phyllis Frelich was born deaf on February 29th, 1944 in North Dakota. Her, her parents, and her eight siblings were born deaf.

As a child she went to North Dakota School for the Deaf and then attended Gallaudet University and got a degree in library science, but was always participated in theatre.

Frelich was an actress, most well known for her part in "Children of a Lesser God"

Frelich impacted the deaf community because she inspired them. Everyone told her that she couldn't be an actress and that she wouldn't be successful because of her deafness. But not only did she become a successful actress, but she was awarded a Tony award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and was nominated for an Emmy
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Phyllis Frelich died at age 70 of progressive supranuclear palsy in her home in Temple City, California on April 10th, 2014