Linaker in the 1930s
|Born||Mary Katherine Linaker
July 19, 1913
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||April 18, 2008
Keene, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Other names||Kate Phillips
|Spouse(s)||Howard Phillips (1945–1985) (his death) (2 children)|
Mary Katherine Linaker, known professionally as Kay Linaker, Kate Phillips, and Kay Linaker-Phillips (July 19, 1913, Pine Bluff, Arkansas – April 18, 2008, Keene, New Hampshire) was an American actress and screenwriter, who appeared in many B movies during the 1930s and 1940s, most notably Kitty Foyle (1940). Linaker used her married name (Kay Phillips) as a screenwriter, notably for the cult movie hit The Blob (1958). She is credited with coining the name "The Blob" for the movie, which was originally titled "The Molten Meteor".
Linaker graduated from a private school in Connecticut and from New York University. She went on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in supporting roles on Broadway before signing a film contract with Warner Bros. She briefly changed her name to Lynn Acker "for screen purposes", but she soon dropped that name.
From the 1960s to her death, Linaker dedicated much of her time supporting the children at Hampshire Country School in Rindge, New Hampshire. Linaker volunteered countless hours over the many years as English teacher and drama coach at the very small private school for twice exceptional children whose alumni include Temple Grandin.
- The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936)
- The Girl from Mandalay (1936)
- Crack-Up (1936)
- Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)
- The Outer Gate (1937)
- The Last Warning (1938)
- Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939)
- Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
- Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)
- Men of Texas (1942)
- Cinderella Swings It (1943)
- Dennis Hevesi (April 27, 2008). "Kate Phillips, Actress Who Christened 'The Blob', Is Dead at 94". Obituaries. New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- Weaver, Tom (2003). Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 9780786430284. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Player Changes Name". Motion Picture Herald. August 3, 1935. p. 67. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "A 'Little' from Hollywood 'Lots'". The Film Daily. August 8, 1935. p. 10. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- Michael G. Fitzgerald (May 22, 2014). "Kate Phillips (1913–2008)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- Weaver, Tom (2003). "Kay Linaker". Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers. McFarland. pp. 215–233. ISBN 978-0-7864-3028-4.
- Magers, Boyd; Fitzgerald, Michael G. (2004). "Kay Linaker". Westerns Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movie and Television Westerns from the 1930s to the 1960s. McFarland. pp. 140–143. ISBN 978-0-7864-2028-5.
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