MUMBAI: Phyllis Thaxter, who played Ma Kent in Superman
made in 1978, has expired at the age of 90. The actress
is also remembered for the role of the faithful girlfriend
to vengeful POW Robert Ryan in Act of Violence, a 1948
contract player at MGM and Warner Bros., before her
career came to a halt by an illness, Thaxter also starred
in the psychological thriller Bewitched.
20 November, 1921 in Portland, Maine, Thaxter's mother
was a former Shakespearean actress, while her father
was a state Supreme Court justice. She joined the Montreal
Repertory Theatre troupe as a teenager before she joined
She made her film debut in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,
made in 1944 as the wife of Van Johnson. A year later,
she played a role in Bewitched after which she appeared
in Week-End at the Waldorf, which was a remake of the
Greta Garbo classic Grand Hotel.
that followed were The Sea of Grass, Tenth Avenue Angel,
Blood on the Moon and Act of Violence. She then joined
Warner Bros. and appeared in films like The Breaking
Point, Come Fill the Cup, Springfield Rifle, Jim Thorpe-
All-America and She's Working Her Way Through College,
after which her contract was terminated.
led Thaxter to television, where she appeared in guest-starring
roles in Lux Video Theatre, Climax!, Wagon Train, Rawhide,
The Defenders, Medical Center, Marcus Welby, M.D. and
many other series.