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Phyllis Kirk (1927–2006)

Of Danish descent, and born in Syracuse, New York, Phyllis Kirk worked as a waitress and a perfume counter clerk before she began a modeling career. Stage roles ensued before Hollywood beckoned. She was a contract player at MGM and then Warner Brothers, where in her most famous role she was stalked by maniacal sculptor Vincent Price in House of Wax... See full bio »

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Known For

The Thin Man
The Thin Man Nora Charles / Nora Clairidon Charles
House of Wax
House of Wax Sue Allen
Crime Wave
Crime Wave Ellen Lacey
City After Midnight
City After Midnight Eve Atwood


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 1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Nora Tobin
- The Impersonator (1970) ... Nora Tobin
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- Give Till It Hurts (1969) ... Edith
 1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Ann Bagley
- Set-Up (1960) ... Ann Bagley
 1957 The Sad Sack
Maj. Shelton
 1957 City After Midnight
Eve Atwood
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Barbara Sherwood
- Men in Her Life (1957) ... Barbara Sherwood
 1956-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Sarah Caine / Laura Chandler / Julie / ...
- Exclusive (1957) ... Sarah Caine
- Mrs. Wane Comes to Call (1957) ... Laura Chandler
- Duffy's Man (1956) ... Julie
- Tin Can Skipper (1956) ... Nora Corliss
 1957 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
- Rustle of Silk (1957)
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Nancy Tennant
- Made in Heaven (1956) ... Nancy Tennant
 1956 Back from Eternity
Louise Melhorn
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
 1956 Johnny Concho
Mary Dark
 1955-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Barbara Phillips / Amy Connor / Mrs. Evans
- Faceless Adversary (1956) ... Barbara Phillips
- Gamble on a Thief (1956) ... Amy Connor
- Edge of Terror (1955) ... Mrs. Evans
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Laurie Westbrook
- Bachelor Husband (1956) ... Laurie Westbrook
 1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Barbara Hunter
- The Waiting House (1956) ... Barbara Hunter
 1952-1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Samantha Dolan / April / Carol Chandler / ...
- Johnny August (1956) ... Samantha Dolan
- Heart Song (1955) ... April
- Prelude to Murder (1954) ... Carol Chandler
- The Devil in Velvet (1952) ... Mary Grenville
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
- Foreign Wife (1955)
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Jess Blackston
- Tropical Secretary (1955) ... Jess Blackston
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Girl Friend
- The Battler (1955) ... Girl Friend
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1955 Canyon Crossroads
Katherine Rand
 1953-1954 The Web (TV Series)
Meg Loomis
- Crackpot (1954) ... Meg Loomis
- The Closing Net (1953)
 1953-1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Inward Eye (1954) ... Girl
- Wish on the Moon (1953)
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
- Keith's Case (1954)
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Moonstone (1954)
 1954 River Beat
Judy Roberts
 1953-1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mary / Lucy Hammond
- All Dressed in White (1954) ... Mary
- Listen, He's Proposing! (1953) ... Lucy Hammond
 1953 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Betty Lou
- P.O.W. (1953) ... Betty Lou
 1953 Thunder Over the Plains
Norah Porter
 1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 World by the Tail (TV Movie)
 1953 House of Wax
Sue Allen
 1952 The Red Buttons Show (TV Series)
Regular performer (1955)
 1952 Stop, You're Killing Me
Nurse (uncredited)
 1952 The Iron Mistress
Ursula de Varamendi
 1952 She's Working Her Way Through College
Co-ed (uncredited)
 1952 About Face
Alice Wheatley
 1952 Just This Once
Young Lover on Ferry (uncredited)
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Irene Chappell
- Age of Peril (1952) ... Irene Chappell
 1952 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Rich Boy (1952) ... Dolly
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Kathy Hunter
 1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
Kay - Malone's Secretary
 1950 Two Weeks with Love
Valerie Stresemann
 1950 A Life of Her Own
 1950 Our Very Own
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Ronald Alexander's play, "The Grand Prize," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Michael Steele in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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Personal Quote:

[on Bryan Foy, the producer of House of Wax (1953)] . . . he was just a divine old curmudgeon. That's exactly what he was, with a hellish reputation for being impossible. I got called to his office before anyone had even told me that I was going to be in that film, and he looked at me long and hard and said, "Wellll, Miss Kirk, we're giving you this part because you're the only intelligent ... See more »


Was a liberal Democrat and feminist. See more »

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