Phyllis Frelich is an American actress. Frelich was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota to deaf parents and is the oldest of 9 children.
She attended North Dakota School for the Deaf, graduating in 1962, and then went on to study at Gallaudet College, 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. Marlee Matlin played Frelich's role in the film version, and won the Best Actress Academy Award.