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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 25

Birthday 1915-07-18

Day of Death 1995-08-01

Place of Birth Boise, Idaho, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

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

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