Dancer, actress and producer Phyllis Lycett died May 9 in Monterey, Calif. of complications from a hip fracture.
Born in India, Lycett’s career began with small parts in films in England. She travelled to France to dance at the Lido de Paris as a British Bluebell Girl.
Moving to New York, she was an on-camera model, stand-in for Arlene Francis, and worked in production for Goodson-Todman productions.
She appeared in shows including “Phil & Phyllis at the World’s Fair” and “Phil & Phyllis on Broadway,” and then produced Philip Kroopf’s one man show, “Meet Charles Dickens,” at Carnegie Hall and on tour. She was cofounder of the AMAS Repertory Theatre in NYC.
She played Gretchen in Goethe’s “Faust” in NYC’s Delacorte Theatre and the New York State tour.
In Los Angeles, she worked with the West Coast Ensemble as a producer, actress, and board member. She was John Mitchell’s executive assistant while he was president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and served as president of American Women in Radio & Television and the Hollywood Women’s Press Club.
She was a long time member of Women in Film and served on the board.
Lycett is survived by her husband, jazz musician Eugene Wright.