Phyllis Love



Born: December 21, 1925
Des Moines, Iowa

Died: October 30, 2011
Los Angeles, California

Obituary: Actress Phyllis Love, a stage and film actress who originated the role of Rosa Della Rose in The Rose Tattoo, died Oct. 30 2011. She was 85.

Born in Des Moines, Ms. Love made her Broadway debut in The Member of the Wedding. She went from that show to a supporting role in another Broadway hit, Clifford Odets' The Country Girl. The Rose Tattoo came next, her co-stars including Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach. Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times that she and Don Murray "attack their scenes as though no other young couple had ever been in love before." Ms. Love won a Clarence Derwent Award for her performance.

She returned to Broadway in 1953 in Burgess Meredith's comedy The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, followed by William Inge's Bus Stop, in which she created the role of roadside waitress Elma Duckworth. After five winners in a row, Ms. Love picked her first losing horse in 1957's The Egghead. It lasted three weeks. Flowering Cherry (1959) and A Distant Bell (1960) both lasted five performances each.

In film, Ms. Love made her debut playing a juvenile delinquent in "So Young So Bad" in 1950. Her best-known role was as Gary Cooper’s daughter in "Friendly Persuasion" (1956), about a Quaker family during the Civil War.

On television, she appeared principally in guest roles from 1950 until her retirement in the early 1970s. She also taught English and drama at Morningside High School in Inglewood, CA.

Ms. Love married playwright James Vincent McGee in 1948 and they divorced in 1978; he died in 1985. She was married to her college sweetheart, Alan Paul Gooding from Jan. 22, 1983, until her death in Los Angeles, California, at age 85.



A Distant Bell
Jan. 13, 1960 - Jan. 16, 1960
Waverly Greer Performer
Flowering Cherry
Oct. 21, 1959 - Oct. 24, 1959
Judy Performer
The Egghead
Oct. 9, 1957 - Oct. 26, 1957
Sally Parson Performer
Playbill Cover - Bus Stop Bus Stop
Mar. 2, 1955 - Apr. 21, 1956
Elma Duckworth Performer
Playbill Cover - The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Dec. 30, 1953 - Jul. 10, 1954
Kate Pennypacker Performer
Playbill Cover - The Rose Tattoo The Rose Tattoo
Feb. 3, 1951 - Oct. 27, 1951
Rosa Delle Rose Performer
Playbill Cover - The Country Girl The Country Girl
Nov. 10, 1950 - Jun. 2, 1951
Nancy Stoddard Performer
Playbill Cover - The Member of the Wedding The Member of the Wedding
Jan. 5, 1950 - Mar. 17, 1951
Muriel Performer


Clarence Derwent Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1951 Most Promising Female Performer The Rose Tattoo Winner
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