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Phyllis Coates

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Phyllis Coates moved to Hollywood as a teenager with intentions of enrolling at UCLA. A chance encounter with Ken Murray in a Hollywood & Vine restaurant landed her in the comedian's vaudeville show. She started out as a chorus girl and worked her way up to doing skits before moving on to work for veteran showman Earl... See full bio »
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 1996 Hollywood: The Movie (Video)
Old Dora
 1994 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
Mrs. Howard
- The Washington Affair: Part 2 (1994) ... Mrs. Howard
- The Washington Affair: Part 1 (1994) ... Mrs. Howard
 1991 Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (TV Movie)
Katherine
 1991 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
Meredith Gaynor
- The Added Starter (1991) ... Meredith Gaynor
 1989 Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn
Gladys Baker
 1989 Kiss Shot (TV Movie)
 1988 A Whisper Kills (TV Movie)
 1970 The Baby Maker
Tish's Mother
 1966 Summer Fun (TV Series)
Milly Thompson
- Thompson's Ghost (1966) ... Milly Thompson
 1966 Thompson's Ghost (TV Movie)
Milly Thompson
 1964 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Helen Mayfield
- Question: Which One Has the Privilege? (1964) ... Helen Mayfield
 1952-1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Dora / Lois Bouquette / Annie Stewart
- The Left Hand Is Damned (1964) ... Dora
- The Lucky Cow (1964)
- A Gun Is Not a Gentleman (1963) ... Lois Bouquette
- The Light on the Mountain (1954) ... Annie Stewart
 1958-1964 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Edna / Rose McKinney / Hattie Kelly
- Homecoming (1964) ... Edna
- Phoebe Strunk (1962) ... Rose McKinney
- Wild West (1958) ... Hattie Kelly
 1964 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Secretary
- The Cousins (1964) ... Secretary
- Pilot ... Secretary
 1964 The Virginian (TV Series)
Mrs. Marden
- Smile of a Dragon (1964) ... Mrs. Marden
 1958-1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Inez Fremont / Frieda Crawson / Norma Carter
- The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands (1964) ... Inez Fremont
- The Case of the Cowardly Lion (1961) ... Frieda Crawson
- The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde (1958) ... Norma Carter
 1959-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Angela Lamberto / Ellie Morley / Renee Sullivan
- A Fist of Five (1962) ... Angela Lamberto
- The Frank Nitti Story (1960) ... Ellie Morley
- Ain't We Got Fun (1959) ... Renee Sullivan
 1959-1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Elizabeth Gwynn / Nora Sage
- The Little Fishes (1961) ... Elizabeth Gwynn
- Incident of the Judas Trap (1959) ... Nora Sage
 1958-1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Ruby Martin / Pat Denton
- Bitter Vengeance (1961) ... Ruby Martin
- Alias Jim Hardie (1958) ... Pat Denton
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Teresa Perez
- Johnny Sergeant (1961) ... Teresa Perez
 1960 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Mollie
- The Murderer (1960) ... Mollie
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Laura Seldon
- With This Ring (1960) ... Laura Seldon
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Penny
- The Trench Coat (1960) ... Penny
 1959 Hennesey (TV Series)
Dr. Patricia Granger
- Hennesey and the Lady Doctor (1959) ... Dr. Patricia Granger
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Ellen Packer
- The Case of the Two Sisters (1959) ... Ellen Packer
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Maggie Dawes
- Client: Dawes (1959) ... Maggie Dawes
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Belle
- Trial at Devil's Canyon (1959) ... Belle
 1958 Cattle Empire
Janice Hamilton
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Monica
- Another Man's Poison (1958) ... Monica
 1958 Blood Arrow
Bess Johnson
 1954-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Heather
- The Last Town Car, Part 2 (1958) ... Heather
- The Last Town Car, Part 1 (1958) ... Heather
 1958 This Is Alice (TV Series)
Clarissa Holliday / Mom Holliday
- When the Bough Breaks (1958) ... Clarissa Holliday
- Weight Lifter (1958) ... Clarissa Holliday
- Two Yanks in Georgia (1958) ... Clarissa Holliday
- Trial Balloon (1958) ... Clarissa Holliday
- Too Many Fathers (1958) ... Clarissa Holliday
 1957 The Incredible Petrified World
Dale Marshall
 1957 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Betty Donaldson
- New Neighbors (1957) ... Betty Donaldson
 1957 Chicago Confidential
Helen Fremont (uncredited)
 1956 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mrs. Martin
- Along the Oregon Trail (1956) ... Mrs. Martin
 1956 So Your Wife Wants to Work (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1956 Girls in Prison
Dorothy
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Mary
- Harrigan's Ghost (1956) ... Mary
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1956 So You Want to Play the Piano (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1954-1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Lola Denton / Ann
- Private Eyes (1956) ... Lola Denton
- Denny's Big Night (1954) ... Ann
 1956 So You Want to Be Pretty (Short)
Alice McDoakes aka Cynthia (uncredited)
 1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Marsha
- Once to Every Woman (1956) ... Marsha
 1956 Navy Log (TV Series)
Marge
- Web Feet (1956) ... Marge
 1955-1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Nancy / Mother
- The Man Who Beat Death (1956) ... Nancy
- I'll Pick More Daisies (1955) ... Mother
 1956 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Betty
- I Killed Lieutenant Hartwell (1956) ... Betty
 1956 God Is in the Streets (Short)
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
Medora De More
- King of the Dakotas: Part 2 (1955) ... Medora De More
- King of the Dakotas: Part 1 (1955) ... Medora De More
 1955 The Great Gildersleeve (TV Series)
Sally Fuller
- Gildy Goes Diving (1955) ... Sally Fuller
 1955 Lassie (TV Series)
Miss Vernon
- The School (1955) ... Miss Vernon
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Alice / Kay Murray
- Debt to a Stranger (1955) ... Alice
- Appointment in Highbridge (1955) ... Kay Murray
 1955 Willy (TV Series)
Betty Estrada
- Willy and El Flamenco (1955) ... Betty Estrada
 1953-1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Mary Prince, alias Jane Johnson / Naomi Courtwright / Ann Wyman
- The Woman in the White Mask (1955) ... Mary Prince, alias Jane Johnson
- The Perfect Crime (1953) ... Naomi Courtwright
- Stage to Estacado (1953) ... Ann Wyman
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Jack's Fiancee / Mrs. Malcolm
- The Jack Martin Story (1955) ... Jack's Fiancee
- The Fred Malcolm Story (1955) ... Mrs. Malcolm
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Barbara Leland
- The Gift of Dr. Minot (1955) ... Barbara Leland
 1955 Topper (TV Series)
Queen
- King Cosmo the First (1955) ... Queen
 1955 Professional Father (TV Series)
Madge Allen / Nurse Madge Allen
- Episode #1.9 (1955) ... Madge Allen
- Episode #1.4 (1955) ... Nurse Madge Allen
- Episode #1.3 (1955) ... Madge Allen
- Episode #1.1 (1955) ... Madge Allen
 1955 Panther Girl of the Kongo
Jean Evans, Panther Girl
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
- Moonshine (1954)
 1954 The Duke (TV Series)
Gloria
- Episode #1.13 (1954) ... Gloria
- Episode #1.12 (1954) ... Gloria
- Episode #1.11 (1954) ... Gloria
- Episode #1.10 (1954) ... Gloria
- Episode #1.9 (1954) ... Gloria
 1954 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Jane Sanders
- The Hermit of Indian Ridge (1954) ... Jane Sanders
 1954 Gunfighters of the Northwest
Rita Carville
 1953 So You Want to Be an Heir (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
Betty Tucker
- Cell 14 (1953) ... Betty Tucker
- The Bean Farm (1953)
 1953 So You Think You Can't Sleep (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1953 Here Come the Girls
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1953 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Supporting Sketch Player
- Episode #3.1 (1953) ... Supporting Sketch Player
 1953 El Paso Stampede
Alice Clark
 1953 Topeka
Marian Harrison
 1953 So You Love Your Dog (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1953 I'm the Law (TV Series)
- The Button Story (1953)
 1953 So You Want a Television Set (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1953 Ramar of the Jungle (TV Series)
Donna Sharp
- The Doomed Safari (1953) ... Donna Sharp
 1953 Perils of the Jungle
Jo Carter
 1953 She's Back on Broadway
Blonde (uncredited)
 1953 Marshal of Cedar Rock
Martha Clark
 1953 Jungle Drums of Africa
Carol Bryant
 1953 Terry and the Pirates (TV Series)
Georgia Pettigrew
- The Green God (1953) ... Georgia Pettigrew
 1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Millie Montrose
- Cheapskates (1953) ... Millie Montrose
 1952 Scorching Fury
Mrs. Penn, woman on sidewalk
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 The Maverick
Della Watson
 1952 Invasion U.S.A.
Mrs. Mulfory
 1952 Wyoming Roundup
Terry Howard
 1952 So You Want to Wear the Pants (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1952 Flat Top
Dorothy Collier
 1952 Canyon Ambush
Marian Gaylord
 1952 Fargo
Kathy MacKenzie
 1952 So You Never Tell a Lie (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
 1952 The Gunman
Anita Forester
 1952 So You Want to Get It Wholesale (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1952 Craig Kennedy, Criminologist (TV Series)
Natalie Larkin
- Fugitive Money ... Natalie Larkin
 1952 The Range Rider (TV Series)
Doris Burton / Jane Tracy
- Trail of the Lawless (1952) ... Doris Burton
- Pale Horse (1952) ... Jane Tracy
 1951 The Sun Was Setting (TV Short)
Rene
 1951 Stage to Blue River
Joyce Westbrook
 1951 The Longhorn
Gail
 1951 So You Want to Be a Plumber (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1951 So You Want to Be a Bachelor (Short)
Alice Peckinpah McDoakes (uncredited)
 1951 Oklahoma Justice
Goldie Vaughn
 1951 So You Want to Buy a Used Car (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1951 So You Want to Be a Paper Hanger (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1951 Nevada Badmen
Carol Bannon
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
 1951 So You Want to Be a Cowboy (Short)
Alice McDoakes / Cindy Lou (uncredited)
 1951 Canyon Raiders
Alice Long
 1951 Man from Sonora
Cinthy Allison
 1951 Valentino
Universal Studios Casting Clerk (uncredited)
 1950-1951 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Marge Lacey / Miss Lacey / JoAnn Doran
- Uncle Disinherits Niece (1951) ... Marge Lacey
- Phoney Sheriff (1951) ... Miss Lacey
- Haven for Heavies (1951) ... JoAnn Doran
- Wedding Blackmail (1950) ... Marge Lacey
 1950 Outlaws of Texas
Annie Moore
 1950 Blues Busters
Sally Dolan
 1950 So You Want a Raise (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1950 So You Want to Move (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1950 So You Want to Hold Your Husband (Short)
Alice McDoakes / Baby McDoakes (uncredited)
 1950 So You Think You're Not Guilty (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1950 So You Want to Throw a Party (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1949 My Foolish Heart
College Girl on Phone (uncredited)
 1949 So You Want to Get Rich Quick (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1949 The House Across the Street
Gorgeous (uncredited)
 1949 So You're Having In-Law Trouble (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1949 So You Want to Be a Muscle Man (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
Rosie (uncredited)
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark
Mrs. Hale (uncredited)
 1949 So You Want to Be Popular (Short)
Office Secretary (uncredited)
 1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
- The Mummy's Foot (1949)
 1949 So You Want to Be a Baby Sitter (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1948 So You Want to Be on the Radio (Short)
Mrs. Alice McDoakes / Radio Voice (uncredited)
 1948 Smart Girls Don't Talk
Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
 1948 So You Want to Be in Politics (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (4 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Co-starred in "Western Union," a pilot, with Richard Anderson. Written by Daniel B. Ullman and directed by Franklin Adreon, it focused on the establishment of the telegraph in the American West. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Comparing the wardrobe she wore playing Lois Lane in Adventures of Superman (1952) with Teri Hatcher's in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)] I saw Teri in this beautiful dress with her boobs pushed up and I thought, "That's Lois Lane?!?!" I had a suit up to my collarbone. I felt like a horse with a bit in my mouth.

Trivia:

Years after gaining fame as TV's first Lois Lane on Adventures of Superman (1952), she played Lois Lane's mother on an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). See more »

Nickname:

Gypsy

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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