Phyllis Hill

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Phyllis Hill
Phyllis Hill 1953.jpg
Phyllis Hill in 1953
Born(1920-10-27)October 27, 1920
New York, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 1993(1993-01-01) (aged 72)
Years active1948-1975
(m. 1948; div. 1953)

(m. 1962; died 1967)

Phyllis Hill (October 27, 1920 – January 1, 1993)[1] was an American dancer and actress.[2][self-published source]

Early years[edit]

Hill was born in New York City.[3] Her mother was actress Peggy Johnson Hill. Her sister, Joyce Hill Rainier, danced with the Monte Carlo Ballets Russes.[4]

Hill began her career in the late 1940s, appearing on stage and in small television roles in New York.


Her theatrical debut came "as one of George Balanchine's 'Baby Ballerinas' in New York."[4] Her Broadway credits include Rosalinda, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Fifth Season,[4] The Alchemist (1947), Angel Street (1947), Volpone (1947), Helen Goes to Troy (1943), What's Up? (1943) and Sons and Soldiers (1942).[5]

She also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Company ballet as well as Radio City Music Hall's Ballet Corps.[4]


Hill portrayed Poco Thurman in the NBC drama Three Steps to Heaven,,[6]: 1079  Mrs. Allison in the NBC serial Morning Star,[6] and Agnes Adams in the ABC comedy That Girl.[6]: 1065 

Among Hill's television appearances were three Dr. Kildare shows during the 1964-1965 season, three Perry Mason episodes during the final three years of the series, including the title roles of Katherine Stewart in "The Case of the Wednesday Woman", and murderer Rachel Gordon in "The Case of the Sleepy Slayer" (both in 1964), and four appearances on The F.B.I. (1966–70).


She was married twice, both times to actors and both unions were childless:


Hill died from lung cancer in Los Angeles[3] on New Year's Day 1993, aged 72. She was survived by a niece.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1948 Joan of Arc Court Lady Uncredited
1949 Whirlpool Party Guest Uncredited
1950 Crisis Barmaid Uncredited
1956 Singing in the Dark Ruth
1969 Pendulum Mrs. Wilma Elliot


  1. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 131. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  2. ^ Scott, Tony (2001). The Stars of Hollywood Forever. ISBN 9781312916975. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Willis, John; Lynch, Tom, eds. (1995). "Phyllis Hill (Ferris Overton)". John Willis Theatre World 1992-1993 Season Volume 49. Applause Theatre Book Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 1-55783-203-X. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Phyllis Hill Ferrer Overton". Variety. January 7, 1993. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  5. ^ "("Phyllis Hill" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 716. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. ^ Donnelley, Paul (2003). Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries. Music Sales Group. p. 246. ISBN 9780711995123. Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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