( b. Dec 21, 1925 Des Moines, Iowa, USA - d. Oct 30, 2011 Menifee, California, USA ) Female
Phyllis Love, who often played ingénues on Broadway in the 1950s and who originated the part of Rosa Delle Rose in Tennessee Williams’s Rose Tattoo, died on Oct. 30 at her home in Menifee, Calif. She was 85.
The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, her husband, Alan Paul Gooding, said.
Ms. Love made her debut on Broadway in 1950 as Julie Harris’s understudy as the tomboy Frankie Adams in the Broadway adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel The Member of the Wedding. The part led to turns as Nancy Stoddard in Clifford Odets’s Country Girl (1951) and as Elma Duckworth, a waitress, in William Inge’s comedy Bus Stop (1955).
Her most memorable Broadway part was as Rosa, the young inamorata in The Rose Tattoo. Ms. Love played Rosa with a “soft radiance,” Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times, and she and Don Murray “attack their scenes as though no other young couple had ever been in love before.”
In film, Ms. Love played Gary Cooper’s daughter in “Friendly Persuasion” (1956), about a Quaker family during the Civil War. She also appeared on many television shows, including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Fugitive” and “The Twilight Zone.” She stopped acting in the mid-1970s.
Phyllis Anne Love was born in Des Moines on Dec. 21, 1925. She received a degree in drama from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh in 1948, and acted in theaters in upstate New York, where she met her first husband, the playwright James V. McGee.
Ms. Love began teaching English and drama in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. After her divorce from Mr. McGee in the mid-1970s, she bumped into Mr. Gooding (who had been her college sweetheart) in Los Angeles in 1982. They married the next year.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two stepsons, Justin and Damien Paul Gooding; two stepdaughters, Courtney Swanson and Amber Willow Wade; and five step-grandchildren.
Source: The New York Times