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Phyllis Povah (1893–1975)

One of the capable actresses of the inter-war period in the twentieth century, Phyllis Povah earned national recognition in the early 1920s. A native of Detroit who learned her craft playing in productions at the University of Michigan in 1914-1916, secured her first professional role as a replacement in a production of "Seeing Things" playing in ... See full bio »

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The Women Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith
Pat and Mike Mrs. Beminger
The Marrying Kind Mrs. Derringer
Let's Face It Nancy Collister


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 1959 Happy Anniversary
Lillian Gans / Grandma
 1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- Man in Shadow (1956) ... Mrs. Foster
 1952 Pat and Mike
Mrs. Beminger
 1952 The Marrying Kind
Mrs. Derringer
 1951 Big Town (TV Series)
- The First Robin (1951)
 1951 Suspense (TV Series)
Myrtle Kelsey
- Telephone Call (1951) ... Myrtle Kelsey
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The End Game (1950)
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Light Up the Sky (1949)
 1943 Let's Face It
Nancy Collister
 1939 The Women
Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith
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 2008 Gable and Crawford (Video documentary short)
Mrs. Phelps Potter

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Stage Play: Hotel Universe. Drama. Written by Philip Barry. Directed by Philip Moeller. Martin Beck Theatre: 14 Apr 1930- Jun 1930 (closing date unknown/81 performances). Cast: Katherine Alexander, Glenn Anders, Morris Carnovsky, Ruth Gordon, Earle Larimore, Phyllis Povah, Gustave Rolland, Ruthelma Stevens, Franchot Tone (as "Tom Ames"). ... See more »


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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Had a strong dislike of Katharine Hepburn based on her outspoken liberal viewpoints so much to the point that the only time she and Hepburn spoke to each other during the course of Pat and Mike (1952) was in character. See more »

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