Phyllis Love, 85, a stage, movie and television actress whose roles included Rosa Delle Rose in the 1951 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" and Mattie Birdwell in the 1956 Gary Cooper film "Friendly Persuasion," died Sunday at her home in Menifee, her family announced. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Love acted in eight Broadway plays from 1950 to 1960, including "The Member of the Wedding," "The Country Girl," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" and "Bus Stop."
Besides "Friendly Persuasion," she had a supporting role in the 1961 drama "The Young Doctors."
From the early 1950s to the mid-'70s, Love appeared in dozens of TV shows, ranging from anthology programs like "The Philco Goodyear Television Playhouse," "Playhouse 90" and "Studio One in Hollywood" to such episodic fare as "Gunsmoke," "Perry Mason," "The FBI" and "Bonanza."
Born Dec. 21, 1925, in Des Moines, she studied at what is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Actors Studio in New York. Her first marriage, to playwright James McGee, ended in divorce. She married Alan Gooding in 1983.
LOVE, Phyllis (Phyllis Anne Love)
Born: 12/21/1925, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 10/30/2011, Menifee, California, U.S.A.
Phyllis Love's westerns - actress:
Friendly Persuasion - 1956 (Mattie Birdwell)
Tate (TV) - 1960 (Lulie Jean)
Laramie (TV) - 1960 (Mrs. Adams)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1961 (Dot)
The Deputy (TV) - 1961 (Josie Styles)
The Tall Man (TV) - 1961 (Sarah Wilson)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1961, 1964 (Beth, Jennifer)
Shane (TV) - 1966 (Ada Gary)
Bonanza (TV) - 1971, 1972 (Miss Giggs)