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Phyllis Brooks

Phyllis Brooks was an American actress and model. Brooks was born Phyllis Seiler in Boise, Idaho on July 18, 1915. She began her career in films at age 20, and had been known as the "Ipana Toothpaste Girl" due to her work as a model. Brooks, who had about 30 performances in films, was a B-movie leading lady during the 1930s and 1940s, with roles in such films as In Old Chicago (1937), Little Miss Broadway (1938), and the Shanghai Gesture (1941). In the late 1930s, she dated Cary Grant, who called her Brooksie, and rumors that the two would be married were circulated. Brooks, something of a socialite, also dated Howard Hughes. Along with fellow actress Una Merkel, and accompanied by noted actor Gary Cooper, Phyllis was the first civilian woman to travel to the Pacific Theater of War during World War II, on a USO tour. She was married to Torbert Macdonald, an 11-term Massachusetts Congressman who was John F. Kennedy's roommate at Harvard, and who remained a close friend and confidante throughout his life. She moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts with her new husband in 1945 so he could complete his Harvard Law degree. Congressman Macdonald had been a Harvard football captain and a decorated PT boat captain in World War II. He died in office in 1976. Phyllis continued performing in summer stock theater after her marriage, and hosted the first television interview program in Boston in the early 1950s (on WBZ-TV). She retired from public performances after that, concentrating on raising her family. The couple had four children, the eldest of whom was President Kennedy's godson. She died on August 1, 1995 in Cape Neddick, Maine at the age of 80.


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Born:
Jul 18, 1915 In Boise, Idaho, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
25
First Appeared:
In the movie To Beat the Band 1935-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie The Unseen 1945-05-12
Known For
Poster of Dangerous Passage
Poster of The Flying Squad
Poster of Lucky to Me
Poster of Another Face

Phyllis Brooks Movies Filmography

Movie
High Powered
Marian Blair 1945-02-27
Movie
The Unseen
Maxine 1945-05-12
Movie
Dangerous Passage
Nita 1944-12-18
Movie
Lady in the Dark
Allison DuBois 1944-02-10
Movie
Hi'ya, Sailor
Nanette 1943-10-08
Movie
Silver Spurs
Mary Johnson 1943-08-12
Movie
No Place for a Lady
Dolly Adair 1943-02-11
Movie
The Shanghai Gesture
Dixie Pomeroy 1941-12-25
Movie
The Flying Squad
Ann Perryman 1940-10-12
Movie
Slightly Honorable
Sarilla Cushing 1939-12-22
Movie
Lucky to Me
Pamela Stuart 1939-11-08
Movie
Charlie Chan in Reno
Vivian Wells 1939-06-16
Movie
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Lola Lee 1938-03-18
Movie
City Girl
Ellen Ward 1938-01-07
Movie
Walking Down Broadway
Vicki Stone 1938-03-11
Movie
Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Judy Hayes 1938-12-30
Movie
In Old Chicago
Ann Colby 1938-04-15
Movie
Little Miss Broadway
Barbara Shea 1938-07-29
Movie
Straight, Place and Show
Barbara 'Babs' Drake 1938-09-30
Movie
Dangerously Yours
Valerie Barton 1937-09-20
Movie
You Can't Have Everything
Evelyn Moore 1937-08-02
Movie
Two in the Dark
Undetermined Role 1936-01-10
Movie
Foolish Hearts
Gloria Seabury / Jeanette Hardwick 1935-12-27
Movie
Another Face
Sheila Barry 1935-12-20
Movie
To Beat the Band
Rowena 1935-11-23

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