New York (BBC): Tony award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich has died at the age of 70. Frelich, who was deaf, was best known for starring in the Broadway version of Children of a Lesser God. In 1980 she won a Tony for her role as deaf character, Sarah Norman. Marlee Matlin won an Oscar for her portrayal of Norman in the 1986 film version. Frelich’s husband Robert Steinberg said she had died at her Temple City home on Thursday from a rare degenerative neurological disease.

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He said there were no treatments available for her illness, progressive supranuclear palsy, otherwise known as PSP.

“She was extraordinary, the finest sign language actress there ever was,’’ he said.