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Phyllis Thaxter



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Three Sovereigns for Sarah
  • Rebecca Nurse
1985
93% Superman
  • Ma Kent
1978
89% The World of Henry Orient
  • Mrs. Gilbert
1964
No Score Yet Women's Prison
  • Helene Jensen
1955
No Score Yet Holiday Affair
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Lux Video Theater - "Holiday Affair"
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Springfield Rifle
  • Erin Kearney
1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College
  • Helen Palmer
1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret
  • Maria Corbet
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
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Virginia

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