Phyllis Thaxter

Highest Rated: 100% The Breaking Point (1950)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
Birthday: Nov 20, 1921
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA
The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Phyllis Thaxter followed the example of her mother, a former actress. Thaxter made her first stage appearance, at the Ogunquit (Maine) Playhouse. In her teens, she received on-the-job training with the Montreal Repertory. On Broadway from 1938, she appeared in such popular plays as What a Life!, There Shall Be No Night, and Claudia. Signed to an MGM contract in 1944, Phyllis was often wasted in traditional faithful-wife roles, but on occasion was permitted a wider acting range in such parts as the schizophrenic heroine of Arch Oboler's Bewitched (1944). While at MGM, Phyllis married James Aubrey, who later ascended to the presidency of CBS-TV (and still later, took over MGM); the union lasted until 1962, producing a daughter, actress Skye Aubrey. Sidelined by an attack of infantile paralysis in 1952, Thaxter made a slow, steady stage, screen and TV comeback in character parts, frequently accepting roles that would challenge her physical limitations. In 1978, after a long absence from the screen, Phyllis Thaxter was cast as Martha Kent, mother of Clark Kent, in Superman: The Movie. She made her last on-camera appearance in a 1992 episode of Murder, She Wrote.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Three Sovereigns for Sarah Rebecca Nurse 1985
94% Superman Ma Kent 1978
90% The World of Henry Orient Mrs. Gilbert 1964
No Score Yet Women's Prison Helene Jensen 1955
No Score Yet Springfield Rifle Erin Kearney 1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret Maria Corbet 1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Helen Palmer 1952
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup Paula Copeland 1951
No Score Yet Jim Thorpe---All American Margaret 1951
No Score Yet Fort Worth Flora Talbot 1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Patrice Harkness 1950
100% The Breaking Point Lucy Morgan 1950
No Score Yet Tenth Avenue Angel Helen Mills 1948
90% Act of Violence Ann 1948
No Score Yet Blood on the Moon Carol Lufton 1948
No Score Yet The Sign of the Ram Sherida Binyon 1948
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way Peggy Randall 1947
17% The Sea of Grass Sarah Beth Brewton 1947
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf Cynthia Drew 1945
No Score Yet Bewitched Joan Alris Ellis 1945
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Ellen Jones Lawson 1944

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Emily Weymouth
  • 1992
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Kate
  • 1974
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ruth
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Enid
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Virginia
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Annette Borden Mary Summers Karen Stewart Lucy Prior Margo
  • 1960
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956

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