Thursday, August 16, 2012

Phyllis Thaxter has died

The Hollywood Reporter has an obituary for actress Phyllis Thaxter, who died on Tuesday at the age of 90 (some sources say 92). The obituary highlights her role as Clark Kent's mother in the 1978 version of Superman, where she played opposite Glenn Ford as Kent's father.

Those of us who watch old movies may remember her as Robert Ryan's girlfriend in Act of Violence, or as Margaret O'Brien's mother in the Christmas movie Tenth Avenue Angel. Her film career ended in the early 1950s, however, and she switched to the new medium of television, where she apparently had quite steady work in TV anthology series, if no big hit show of her own.

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