Thursday, 1 September 2016

Phyllis Brooks

Born: 18 July 1915, Boise, Idaho, USA
Died: 1 August 1995, Cape Neddick, Maine, USA

Phyllis Brooks was a model who appeared in magazine adverts for products like Ipana Toothpaste in the early 1930s. In 1934 she began her film career and rose to become a star of several B-movies. She appeared in the Charlie Chan series with Sidney Toler and in featured roles with stars like Pat O'Brien and Shirley Temple. In 1936, Phyllis starred in her first Broadway production, Stage Door, as 'Jean Maitland', a role that would be played by Ginger Rogers in the movie version of 1937. During WWII, Phyllis became the first civillian woman (along with Una Merkel) to enter the 'theatre of war' to entertain the troops. After the war, Phyllis Brooks married and retired from films, occasionally appearing on stage in summer stock until the early 1950s.

Slightly Honorable (1939) as Sarilla Cushing

Lady in the Dark (1944) as Allison DuBois

With Ray Milland.

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