Phyllis Kirk (born as Phyllis Kirkegaard on 18 September 1929 in Syracuse, New York) is an American actress. She had polio as a child and as a result had difficulty walking later in life.
Before entering show business on stage, Kirk worked as a sales clerk, waitress, and model. She was brought to Hollywood by a Goldwyn scout in 1954 and made her film debut in Our Very Own. Later she became a Hollywood contract player for MGM and Warner Brothers.
Kirk is best known for her many television and film roles throughout the 1950s. She appeared with Vincent Price in the 3-D horror film House of Wax in 1953. Her most notable television role was opposite Peter Lawford in The Thin Man (1957 - 1959), where they played Nick and Nora Charles. She also appeared with Jerry Lewis in his 1957 film The Sad Sack, with Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, and Rod Steiger in the 1956 film Back from Eternity. Kirk was also a regular on The Red Buttons Show. Kirk appeared as a guest on some television programs, including an episode of The Twilight Zone, and was a panelist on Mantrap in 1971.
Kirk then returned to the stage before leaving show business altogether to enter public relations, working as a publicist for CBS News, retiring in 1992.
External links Phyllis Kirk at the Internet Movie Database