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Phyllis Kirk ACTOR




PHYLLIS KIRK BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Phyllis Kirk was born on September 18th, 1927 in Plainfield, New Jersey with the birth name Phyllis Kirkegaard.  As a child she contracted Polio which for the rest of her life caused her to have many health problems.  She graduated from Battin High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1945.   
 
Kirkegaard then moved to New York City to study acting and also changed her last name to just 'Kirk'.  She also found work as a waitress and perfume counter clerk to help support herself.  In New York she found work as a model and then embarked on a stage career.  Phyllis began with working on Broadway and soon the film industry was interested in her.
 
She became a contract player with MGM and later in her career she also signed with Warner Brothers.  During the 1950's she appeared on the big screen in a number of films such as, "House of Wax" (1953) also starring Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Charles Bronson, Dabbs Greer and Carolyn Jones, "The Sad Sack" (1957) co-starring Jerry Lewis, David Wayne and Peter Lorre and "Back From Eternity" (1956) starring alongside Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger, Gene Barry, Barbara Eden, Jon Provost, Keith Andes, Tristram Coffin, Adele Mara and Beulah Bondi.
 
Along with her film career, she also did quite well for herself on television with roles on, "The Thin Man" (1957-1959) in which she won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress and was a regular on, "The Red Buttons Show" (1955).  During her acting career, she also worked as an interviewer and writer for American Civil Liberties Union newspaper.  After her final onscreen appearance in 1970 on an episode of, "The F.B.I." she chose a career in public relations.  She found work with CBS as a publicist and also was involved in funding preschool programs in Los Angeles, California for underprivileged families. 
 
Phyllis Kirk married only once to Warren Bush and they remained together until he passed away in 1991.  She then never remarried and on October 19th, 2006 Kirk passed away in Los Angeles, California from a post-cerebral aneurysm. 
 
She was cremated and her remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery besides her husband. 

 
Filmography

1970 The F.B.I.
1969 The Name of the Game
1960 Twilight Zone 
1960 Zane Grey Theatre 
1957-1959 The Thin Man 
1957 The Sad Sack 
1957 City After Midnight
1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour
1956-1957 The Ford Television Theatre
1953-1957 Robert Montgomery Presents
1957 The Errol Flynn Theatre 
1956 Playhouse 90
1956 Back from Eternity 
1956 Johnny Concho 
1955-1956 Climax!
1956 Celebrity Playhouse
1956 Schlitz Playhouse
1952-1956 Studio One in Hollywood
1956 Canyon Crossroads
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars
1955 The Red Buttons Show
1955 Star Stage
1955 The Loretta Young Show
1955 Playwrights '56 
1955 Appointment with Adventure
1953-1954 The Web 
1953-1954 Goodyear Playhouse 
1954 Justice
1954 Your Show of Shows
1954 River Beat
1954 Suspense
1953-1954 Lux Video Theatre
1954 Crime Wave
1953 Thunder Over the Plains 
1953 The United States Steel Hour 
1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre 
1953 World by the Tail
1953 House of Wax 
1952 Stop, You're Killing Me 
1952 The Iron Mistress 
1952 She's Working Her Way Through College
1952 About Face
1952 Just This Once
1952 Tales of Tomorrow 
1952 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
1951 Three Guys Named Mike 
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone 
1950 Two Weeks with Love
1950 A Life of Her Own
1950 Our Very Own  







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