Phyllis Love

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Phyllis Love
Phyllis Love.jpg
Still from Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Born (1925-12-21)December 21, 1925
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Died October 30, 2011(2011-10-30) (aged 85)
Menifee, California, U.S.
Occupation Stage, television actress
Years active 1948–2011
Spouse(s) James Vincent McGee
(m.1948–1978; divorced)
Alan Paul Gooding
(m.1983–2011; her death)

Phyllis Love (December 21, 1925 – October 30, 2011) was an American theater and television actress.[1]


Following her graduation in 1948 from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Institute of Technology (which later would merge with Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University), Love made her way to New York, where, in short order, she would gain entry into the recently formed Actors Studio. Her small screen debut would come the following year in the Studio's own, like-named, but short-lived, series;[2] her Broadway and big screen bows, the year after that, as, respectively, Julie Harris's understudy in the stage adaptation of Member of the Wedding, and, an uncredited performer in the film So Young So Bad.[3]

Throughout the 1950s she acted in Broadway productions and the occasional film. She won the Clarence Derwent Award in 1951 for her role in the stage play The Rose Tattoo. She played Mattie Birdwell in the film Friendly Persuasion (1956), and Dick Clark's pregnant wife in The Young Doctors (1961). On television, she appeared principally in guest roles from 1950 until her retirement in the early 1970s. Among her roles were two guest appearances on Perry Mason, both times as the defendant, including the part of Minerva Doubleday in the 1964 episode "The Case of the Wooden Nickels". In 1961 she played Dot the waitress in season 4 episode 17 and 18 of Have Gun Will Travel, and in 1962 she played Ellen Carter in "The Case of the Bogus Books". The same year she played Mrs. Lucas in the 3rd season episode "Four O'Clock" in The Twilight Zone and in 1964 she played Minerva Doubleday in "The Case of the Wooden Nickels." She also taught English and drama at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California.

Personal life[edit]

Love married playwright James Vincent McGee in 1948 and they divorced in 1978; he died in 1985. She was married to her college sweetheart, attorney Alan Paul Gooding from January 22, 1983 until her death on October 30, 2011 in Menifee, California, at age 85.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ 20111102,0,2515704.story PASSINGS: Harry Lawenda, Axel Axgil, Phyllis Love
  2. ^ Variety staff: "Actress Phyllis Love dies: Appeared on Broadway, in Wyler's 'Friendly Persuasion'," Variety (november 10, 2001). "Love attended what became Carnegie Mellon U. and studied at the Actors Studio in New York, beginning in 1948... The actress picked up most of her credits, however, on television, appearing on numerous anthology shows beginning with 'Actor's Studio" in 1949."'
  3. ^ Variety staff: "Actress Phyllis Love dies: Appeared on Broadway, in Wyler's 'Friendly Persuasion'," Variety (November 10, 2011). "She made her bigscreen [debut] in an uncredited role in 1950's 'So Young So Bad.'"
  4. ^ "Biography for Phyllis Love". Retrieved 2007-09-06. 

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