Phyllis Coates Movies and Career Information

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Capricorn
Jan 15, 1927
Wichita Falls
Actor

Phyllis Coates (born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell on January 15, 1927) is an American film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of reporter Lois Lane in the film Superman and the Mole Men and during the first season of the Adventures of Superman television series. After graduating from high school in Wichita Falls, Texas, Coates went to Los Angeles, intending to study at UCLA. However, a chance meeting with entertainer Ken Murray resulted in her working in his vaudeville show as a chorus girl. She later performed as one of Earl Carroll's showgirls at his Earl Carroll Theatre. She signed a movie contract with Warner Brothers in 1948, and she co-starred with George O'Hanlon in the studio's popular Joe McDoakes short-subject comedies. She married the series' director, Richard L. Bare, and continued to appear in the films after their divorce. In 1955, Coates played Madge, a neighbor of child psychologist Dr. Tom Wilson, played by Stephen Dunne, in the CBS sitcom Professional Father. Joseph Kearns (1907-1962), later the first Mr. Wilson on CBS's Dennis the Menace, played Coates's television husband, Fred. Barbara Billingsley and Beverly Washburn also starred in

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