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Phyllis Kennedy

Birthday: June 16, 1914 (84 years) Died: December 29, 1998 (25 years Ago in Los Angeles)

HomeTown: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Character actress Phyllis Kennedy had slightly equine features, which greatly enhanced the drab, chatty Plain Jane types she played, who were typically in comical servitude to the leading lady. She was quick with a wisecrack or comically bemused look, and her performances were greatly admired. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 16, 1914, where she went to high school and, after graduating in 1932, began working as a clothes model in a neighbourhood department store. Her birthday is June 16. After moving to New York, Phyllis’s first job in the entertainment industry was a bit part in a stage production of “Jane Eyre” in the year 1935. It didn’t take her long to make her debut in the film industry, and it was in an unbilled role in On Again-Off Again (1937). Her second role, however, was her breakthrough part as Hattie, the chatty and slightly vapid maid of a girl’s theatrical boarding house in the classic comedy Stage Door (1937). In this role, she played a mild patsy to Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, and Eve Arden. Her performance was a major turning point in her career. Because of this film, Phyllis Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Lucille Ball became some of her closest friends. The part of Hattie led to other comedic roles, as well as the occasional dramatic role for good measure. These include the Irene Dunne-starring Joy of Living (1938) and Vivacious Lady (1938), in which she played another slightly dim hired help opposite Ginger Rogers. She also played a maid in Mother Carey’s Chickens (1938), the Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer tearjerker Love Affair (1939), the Bing Crosby musical comedy East Side of (1941). Even though Phyllis continued to find work on a fairly regular basis, she was never able to move up the billing ladder to a position where she could be considered “second banana.” Even more unfortunate is the fact that she was rarely credited for her work in many of the war-era movies she appeared in, including Unfinished Business (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), My Sister Eileen (1942), Coney Island (1943), Lady in a Jam (1942), Shine on Harvest Moon (1944), and Life with Blondie (1945). Her situation did not improve after World War II, as she was cast in more subservient roles such as maids and waitresses in films such as No Leave, No Love (1946), Killer McCoy (1947), Once More, My Darling (1949), and Never Steal Anything Small (1959). Her situation did not improve after World War II. It’s strange that this talented comedy foil wasn’t able to make a name for herself in the world of television, which would have seemed like a natural step for her to take. However, her friend Lucille Ball did cast her in the role of Tallulah Bankhead’s maid in the series The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957), which is widely considered to be the series’ funniest episode ever produced. Phyllis’s film career came to an end with a couple of small roles in the musicals My Fair Lady (1964) and Finian’s Rainbow (1965), both of which were released after a lengthy dry spell (1968). After taking early retirement in 1968, the single Phyllis focused a lot of her energy on her hobbies, which included painting and collecting commemorative spoons. She never got married. She also had a deep affection for animals and was very generous toward the causes and organisations supported by her good friend Doris Day. She died peacefully of natural causes on December 29, 1998, in her Los Angeles home. Phyllis Kennedy was born on June 16, 1914 in Detroit, United States. Phyllis Kennedy died on December 29, 1998 at the age of 84 years in Los Angeles. Check below for more deets about Phyllis Kennedy. This page will put a light upon the Phyllis Kennedy bio, wiki, age, birthday, family details, dating, trivia, photos, lesser-known facts, and more.

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Stage Name Phyllis Kennedy
Real Name Phyllis Kennedy
Profession(s) Actress, Musician,
Birthday June 16, 1914
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Death Died on December 29, 1998 (25 years ago) (Age: 84 years) in Los Angeles
Gender Female
Birthplace Detroit, United States
Hometown Detroit, Michigan, United States
Nationality American

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  • Phyllis Kennedy was born in Detroit, United States.
  • Phyllis Kennedy‚Äôs birth sign is Gemini.
  • Character actress Phyllis Kennedy had slightly equine features, which greatly enhanced the drab, chatty Plain Jane types she played, who were typically in comical servitude to the leading lady. She was quick with a wisecrack or comically bemused look, and her performances were greatly admired. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 16, 1914, where she went to high school and, after graduating in 1932, began working as a clothes model in a neighbourhood department store. Her birthday is June 16. After moving to New York, Phyllis’s first job in the entertainment industry was a bit part in a stage production of “Jane Eyre” in the year 1935. It didn’t take her long to make her debut in the film industry, and it was in an unbilled role in On Again-Off Again (1937). Her second role, however, was her breakthrough part as Hattie, the chatty and slightly vapid maid of a girl’s theatrical boarding house in the classic comedy Stage Door (1937). In this role, she played a mild patsy to Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, and Eve Arden. Her performance was a major turning point in her career. Because of this film, Phyllis Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Lucille Ball became some of her closest friends. The part of Hattie led to other comedic roles, as well as the occasional dramatic role for good measure. These include the Irene Dunne-starring Joy of Living (1938) and Vivacious Lady (1938), in which she played another slightly dim hired help opposite Ginger Rogers. She also played a maid in Mother Carey’s Chickens (1938), the Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer tearjerker Love Affair (1939), the Bing Crosby musical comedy East Side of (1941). Even though Phyllis continued to find work on a fairly regular basis, she was never able to move up the billing ladder to a position where she could be considered “second banana.” Even more unfortunate is the fact that she was rarely credited for her work in many of the war-era movies she appeared in, including Unfinished Business (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), My Sister Eileen (1942), Coney Island (1943), Lady in a Jam (1942), Shine on Harvest Moon (1944), and Life with Blondie (1945). Her situation did not improve after World War II, as she was cast in more subservient roles such as maids and waitresses in films such as No Leave, No Love (1946), Killer McCoy (1947), Once More, My Darling (1949), and Never Steal Anything Small (1959). Her situation did not improve after World War II. It’s strange that this talented comedy foil wasn’t able to make a name for herself in the world of television, which would have seemed like a natural step for her to take. However, her friend Lucille Ball did cast her in the role of Tallulah Bankhead’s maid in the series The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957), which is widely considered to be the series’ funniest episode ever produced. Phyllis’s film career came to an end with a couple of small roles in the musicals My Fair Lady (1964) and Finian’s Rainbow (1965), both of which were released after a lengthy dry spell (1968). After taking early retirement in 1968, the single Phyllis focused a lot of her energy on her hobbies, which included painting and collecting commemorative spoons. She never got married. She also had a deep affection for animals and was very generous toward the causes and organisations supported by her good friend Doris Day. She died peacefully of natural causes on December 29, 1998, in her Los Angeles home.

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