Pippa Scott

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Pippa Scott
Scott in The Twilight Zone (1960)
Philippa Scott

(1935-11-10) November 10, 1935 (age 88)
EducationUCLA, Radcliffe
Years active1956–1984, 2009–present
(m. 1964; div. 1983)
RelativesAdrian Scott (uncle)

Philippa Scott (born November 10, 1935) is an American actress who has appeared in film and television since the 1950s.

Personal life[edit]

Scott was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] She is the daughter of actress Laura Straub and screenwriter Allan Scott; an uncle was the blacklisted screenwriter Adrian Scott. Scott married Lee Rich, a founding partner of Lorimar Productions, in 1964.[2] They had two children together before they divorced in 1983, though they maintained a friendship until his death in 2012.[3]

In the 1970s, along with steady work acting in television productions, Scott was a student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she pursued a degree in landscape architecture.[4]

By the 1990s, Scott had become active in human-rights work, such as supporting the Commission of Experts formed under United Nations Security Council Resolution 780 in its research of the "widespread violations of international humanitarian law" committed during the Bosnian genocide.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Chuck Connors and Scott in 1960

Scott attended Radcliffe and UCLA before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. Shortly after her return to the United States, she won a Theatre World Award for her 1956 Broadway debut in Child of Fortune.[5] Scott then quickly signed a contract with Warner Bros. and made her movie debut that same year as Lucy, a niece of John Wayne's character in John Ford's epic The Searchers.

Scott was cast in the 1958 film As Young as We Are in the role of a new high-school teacher who falls in love with the character Hank Moore, played by Robert Harland, who turns out to be a student.[6] She appeared as Pegeen in the 1958 Warner Bros. film, Auntie Mame.

She appeared as Abigail in the 1959 episode of Maverick titled "Easy Mark" starring Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick. In the 1959–1960 CBS Television series Mr. Lucky, starring John Vivyan and Ross Martin, she had a recurring role as Maggie Shank-Rutherford.[7]: 701  Around this time, she also appeared on the ABC-TV Western series, The Alaskans, starring Roger Moore.[citation needed]

Scott guest-starred on such series as The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Twilight Zone in "The Trouble with Templeton" starring Brian Aherne and Sydney Pollack (in which she performed a bravura 1920s dance sequence), Thriller, F Troop, Have Gun - Will Travel with Richard Boone, Redigo, The Tall Man with Clu Gulager, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Rat Patrol, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and Gunsmoke (as a woman, taken by Native Americans during a raid, who during a year of captivity falls in love with a native suitor in the S7E10 “Indian Ford” in 1961).

In 1962–1963, she appeared in the first season of NBC's The Virginian in the recurring role of Molly Wood, publisher, editor, and reporter of The Medicine Bow Banner.[7]: 1143–1144 [8] She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. In 1963, she played defendant Gwynn Elston in "The Case of the Bigamous Spouse"; in 1966, she played defendant Ethel Andrews in "The Case of the Fanciful Frail".

In 1964, she guest-starred with Eddie Albert and Claude Rains in the episode "A Time to Be Silent" of The Reporter. She guest-starred in "The Garden House", an episode of ABC's The Fugitive, starring David Janssen. Her last notable film roles were the wife of Dick Van Dyke's character in the comedy Cold Turkey (1971), and as Dabney Coleman's wife in the TV movie Bad Ronald (1974), although she sporadically played minor characters throughout the 1970s and '80s, including a 1971 guest spot in the episode "Didn't You Used to Be ... Wait ... Don't Tell Me" of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.[citation needed]

In 1972, Scott appeared in the educational short film Magical Disappearing Money, where she starred as a grocery consultant advising people about saving money by buying cheaper items, and how they can substitute for expensive items. The short was later featured on the RiffTrax website and YouTube channel.

She played an actress stranded in Virginia due to money problems in a 1973 episode of The Waltons. In 1973, she played a murder victim in Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star. Her last regular TV role was as nursery-school teacher Maggie Hearn in the 15-episode 1976 NBC police drama Jigsaw John starring Jack Warden.[7]

She returned to the big screen in 2011's Footprints, for which she was nominated for the Stockholm Krystal Award for Best Supporting Actress at the Method Fest Independent Film Festival.[9]

Off-screen work in film[edit]

Scott produced, wrote the screenplay for, and directed King Leopold's Ghost (2006), a film based on the book of the same name by Adam Hochschild.[10]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1956 The Searchers Lucy Edwards
1958 As Young as We Are Kim Hutchins
1958 Auntie Mame Pegeen Ryan
1959/60 Mr Lucky Maggie Episodes: "They Shall Not Pass"; "That Stands for Pool"; "The Gordon Caper"; "Aces Back to Back"; "Maggie the Witness"; "The Last Laugh"; "The Tax Man"; "Hair of the Dog"
1960 Have Gun - Will Travel Kathy Rousseau Episode: "Uneasy Grave"
1960 The Twilight Zone Laura Templeton Episode: "The Trouble with Templeton"
1961 Gunsmoke Mary Tabor Season 7, Episode 10: "Indian Ford"
1962 The Virginian Molly Wood Episodes: "The Man from the Sea"; "It Tolls for Thee"; "Riff-Raff"; "The Brazen Bell"; "The Big Deal"; "The Executioners"
1963 Perry Mason Gwen Elston Episode: "The Case of the Bigamous Spouse"
1963 My Six Loves Dianne Soper
1964 Quick, Let's Get Married Gina Original title: "The Confession"
1966 For Pete's Sake Attendant's Wife
1966 Perry Mason Ethel Andrews Episode: "The Case of the Fanciful Frail"
1968 Petulia May
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Doctor Sara
1971 Cold Turkey Natalie Brooks
1972 Magical Disappearing Money Grocery Witch Educational short
1972 Mission Impossible Edith Thatcher Episode: "Leona"
1973 The Waltons Alvira Drummond Episode: "The Actress"
1973 Columbo Jean Davis Episode: "Requiem for a Falling Star"
1974 Bad Ronald Mrs Wood TV movie
1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Tillie Jones Episode: "Legacy of Terror"
1976 Jigsaw John Maggie Hearn
1984 The Sound of Murder Ilene Forbes
2011 Footprints Genevieve
2013 Automotive Helen (final film role)


  1. ^ "Pippa Scott (Performer)". Playbill. Retrieved March 16, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Hagan, John (2010). Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting War Crimes in the Hague Tribunal. University of Chicago Press. p. 45. ISBN 9780226312309. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Vitello, Paul (May 30, 2012). "Lee Rich Dies at 93; Helped Create Both J.R. and John-Boy". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lovely Redhead Is Back". The Times-News. North Carolina, Burlington. March 27, 1976. p. 31. Retrieved May 23, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  5. ^ Staff. "Theater World Award Recipients". Theater World Awards. Theater World Awards, Inc. Retrieved January 1, 2024.
  6. ^ "Robert Harland Movies". Reelz Channel. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 533. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  8. ^ "Paul Arnold Green, The Virginian (1962–1971)". tvparty.com. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2010). Screen World 2007. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 217. ISBN 9781557837295. Retrieved April 18, 2017.

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