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Phyllis Love

Phyllis Anne Love was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 21, 1925. She attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines along with her close friend, Cloris Leachman. After performing in various local and regional drama productions, Love enrolled in the Actors Studio in New York in 1948. Her movie debut was a bit as a juvenile delinquent in the 1950 movie So Young So Bad (1950), which starred Paul Henreid and Rita Moreno. Love's best-known film role was as "Mattie Birdwell" in William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion (1956). Love guested in numerous TV programs in the 50s, 60s, and 70s but enjoyed her greatest success on the Broadway stage. She appeared in eight shows and, in 1951, won the New York Charles Derwent Award for Best Featured Actress for her portrayal of "Rosa Delle Rosa" in the original production of "The Rose Tattoo". After retiring from acting in the early 70s, she changed her first name to "Osanna". Date of Death 30 October 2011, Menifee, California (Alzheimer's disease)

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Dec 25, 1925
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Philco Television Playhouse 1948-10-03
Latest Project:
Series Harry O 1974-09-12
Known For
Poster of Ironside
Poster of The Fugitive
Poster of The Master Builder
Poster of Have Gun, Will Travel
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Series Circle of Fear Unknown 1972-09-15
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie The Young Doctors Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander 1961-08-23
Series Cain's Hundred Unknown 1961-09-19
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie The Master Builder Kaja 1960-03-21
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Series The Twilight Zone Mrs. Lucas 1959-10-02
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Friendly Persuasion Mattie Birdwell 1956-11-25
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07