Actress Phyllis Love dies

Appeared on Broadway, in Wyler's 'Friendly Persuasion'

Stage and screen actress Phyllis Love, who appeared in “The Member of the Wedding,” “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Country Girl” on Broadway in the 1950s and played Gary Cooper’s daughter in William Wyler’s 1956 film “Friendly Persuasion,” died Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease in Menifee, Calif. She was 85.

Love also appeared in the plays “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker” and “Bus Stop,” among others, during her 1950s Rialto run. She made her bigscreen in an uncredited role in 1950’s “So Young So Bad” and also appeared in 1961’s “The Young Doctors,” a serious look at a hospital’s pathology department that starred Fredric March.

The actress picked up most of her credits, however, on television, appearing on numerous anthology shows beginning with “Actor’s Studio” in 1949 and also including “Kraft Theatre,” “Hallmark Hall of Fame,” “Playhouse 90” and “Studio One in Hollywood.” Later she appeared on episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” “Perry Mason,” “The Fugitive,” “Ironside” and “Bonanza.” She made her last appearance in a 1975 episode of “Harry O.”

Love was born and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where she went to high school with Cloris Leachman, attended what became Carnegie Mellon U. and studied at the Actors Studio in New York beginning in 1948.

She was married twice the first time to playwright James McGee.

Her first marriage, to playwright James McGee, ended in divorce.

Love is survived by second husband Alan Gooding.

More Scene

  • global women's rights awards

    Nina Shaw, Laura Dern Stress Importance of Intersectionality in Time’s Up Movement

    Stage and screen actress Phyllis Love, who appeared in “The Member of the Wedding,” “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Country Girl” on Broadway in the 1950s and played Gary Cooper’s daughter in William Wyler’s 1956 film “Friendly Persuasion,” died Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease in Menifee, Calif. She was 85. Love also appeared in the […]

  • 'The Tale' FYC event

    Laura Dern on Impact of 'The Tale' During #MeToo: 'There Is Restorative Justice Here'

    Stage and screen actress Phyllis Love, who appeared in “The Member of the Wedding,” “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Country Girl” on Broadway in the 1950s and played Gary Cooper’s daughter in William Wyler’s 1956 film “Friendly Persuasion,” died Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease in Menifee, Calif. She was 85. Love also appeared in the […]

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:

    'Stranger Things' Team Offers Glimpses Into Season 3 at Netflix FYSee

    Stage and screen actress Phyllis Love, who appeared in “The Member of the Wedding,” “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Country Girl” on Broadway in the 1950s and played Gary Cooper’s daughter in William Wyler’s 1956 film “Friendly Persuasion,” died Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease in Menifee, Calif. She was 85. Love also appeared in the […]

  • 'Pose' TV show premiere

    Ryan Murphy Wants 'Pose' to Be 'Uplifting' for LGBTQ Community in Trump Era

    Stage and screen actress Phyllis Love, who appeared in “The Member of the Wedding,” “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Country Girl” on Broadway in the 1950s and played Gary Cooper’s daughter in William Wyler’s 1956 film “Friendly Persuasion,” died Oct. 30 of Alzheimer’s disease in Menifee, Calif. She was 85. Love also appeared in the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content