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Phyllis Thaxter obituary

Hollywood actor known for playing wholesome wives and Ma Kent in Superman

Although Phyllis Thaxter, who has died aged 92, had a successful career in films throughout the 1940s and 50s, many will remember her for her last movie role, in Superman (1978). It was the small but key part of Ma Kent, the childless farmer's wife who adopts a foundling baby and names him Clark. Together with her husband (Glenn Ford) – both made intentionally to resemble the couple in Grant Wood's American Gothic painting – they bring up the abnormally physically gifted boy until he's ready to fly off "to fight for truth, justice and the American way".

At one stage, she tells him: "We Kents don't like show-offs, ain't that so? A body's got to be humble even if he knows that he's better'n his neighbours." A fragile beauty, Thaxter was never a show-off, but made an impact in a gentle way,
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Phyllis Thaxter, 'Superman' actress, dies at 90

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Phyllis Thaxter, who played Superman's mother in the 1978 blockbuster starring Christopher Reeve, has died at age 90.

According to her daughter, actress Skye Aubrey, Thaxter passed away Tuesday (Aug. 14) at her Florida home after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Thaxter's debuted on the big screen in the 1944 wartime flick "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" as a contract actress for MGM, where her other notable films include "Bewitched," "Week-End at the Waldorf," 1947's "The Sea of Grass" with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and "Act of Violence."

She then signed with Warner Brothers, appearing alongside John Garfield and Patricia Neal in "The Breaking Point" (1950); her other credits for the studio include "Springfield Rifle" (1952) with Gary Cooper, "Jim Thorpe -- All-American" (1951), with Burt Lancaster and "She's Working Her Way Through College" (1952) with Ronald Reagan.

Although Thaxter's big-screen career was derailed when she contracted polio in 1952, but she found regular work on television on such series as "Lux Video Theatre,
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Actress Phyllis Thaxter, Superman's Mom, Dies at 90

Actress Phyllis Thaxter, Superman's Mom, Dies at 90
Phyllis Thaxter, the wholesome actress who played Ma Kent in 1978’s Superman and the faithful girlfriend to vengeful Pow Robert Ryan in the 1948 film noir classic Act of Violence, has died. She was 90. Thaxter died Tuesday at her home in Orlando after a long bout with Alzheimer's, according to her daughter, actress Skye Aubrey. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 A contract player at MGM and Warner Bros. in the 1940s and ’50s before her career was derailed by illness, Thaxter also starred in the psychological thriller Bewitched (1945), playing opposite Edmund Gwenn as a woman fighting

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The Phantom Of Hollywood DVD Review

Filming for 'The Phantom of Hollywood' took place during the actual dismantling of the MGM backlot in the 70's which makes for an Easter-egg extravaganza for anyone with vast knowledge of classic film and television. For everyone else the film won't be nearly as easy to appreciate.

The Setup

Worldwide Films was the biggest of the big, the grandest of the grand. But the era of dream factories has gone, replaced by the era of quick-bucks real estate. It’s time to sell the studio, parcel by parcel. Not so fast, a mysterious someone says – someone who has secretly lived amid the sets and soundstages for decades, someone who will kill to preserve his backlot home.

Director: Gene Levitt

Writers: George Schenck, Robert Thom

Stars: Skye Aubrey, Jack Cassidy and Jackie Coogan

This made-for-tv film isn't really much different than the direct-to-dvd horror/thriller releases of today and
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Killer Party, The Pack & more arrive to DVD!

What do Linda Blair (The Exorcist), a bunch of hungry dogs, and April Fool's Day all have in common? They are all part a bunch of horror themed titles that are finally being released to DVD through the Warner Archieve label. Titles include the April Fool's themed slasher Killer Party, the when dogs go crazy thriller The Pack, or Linda Blair's followup film after The Exorcist - Sweet Hostage. Talk about Christmas coming early this Halloween season!

From the press release:

The Phantom Of Hollywood (1974) Remastered Worldwide Films was the grandest dame of all the Hollywood studios, until small minded souls eager for quick profits started to dismantle her, dream by dream and lot by lot. Until a mysterious Phantom appears, willing to murder anyone who threatens the studio lot he calls home. Filmed on location on the glorious MGM lots as they were, in fact, being sold off and destroyed,
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