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Phyllis Hill Ferrer Overton

Phyllis Hill Ferrer Overton, legit and TV actress and former ballerina, died Jan. 1 in Los Angeles of lung cancer. She was 72.

She began her theatrical career as one of George Balanchine’s “Baby Ballerinas” in New York, later appearing with the Metropolitan Opera’s ballet company and the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Corps.

Hill appeared in the Broadway and international touring companies of “Rosalinda,” and later starred opposite her then-husband, Jose Ferrer, in the Broadway production and national tour of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” She also co-starred on Broadwayin “The Fifth Season.”

Divorced from Ferrer, she married Frank Overton and moved to Los Angeles in 1962. She worked in films and TV series, including “12 O’Clock High” and “The Twilight Zone,” before a long stint in the cast “General Hospital.”

She lived in semiretirement for the last 10 years following a serious automobile accident.

Hill was the daughter of actress Peggy Johnson Hill and the niece of character actor Nolan Leary. Her sister, Joyce Hill Rainer, was a leading dancer with the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe.

Survived by a niece, Alexandra Rainer.

Services will be tomorrow, 1 p.m., at Hollywood Memorial Park.

Paul Joseph Rothman

Dr. Paul Joseph Rothman died Jan. 6 in Studio City of complications related to AIDS. He was 42.

His companion was literary agent Robert Hohman.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his name to Search Alliance, 7461 Beverly Blvd. Suite 304, L.A. 90036.

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