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Born: January 2, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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With her gap-toothed smile and intelligent yet sometimes fraught demeanor, Wendy Phillips has worked consistently for more than a decade but had not been attached to the runaway hit that should have made her a household name. She broke into TV playing the daughter of a global corporation on the short-lived CBS series "Executive Suite" (1976-77), then was the secretary to an unconventional detective on "The Eddie Capra Mysteries" (NBC, 1978-79). When she returned to series TV in 1986, it was in more high-brow material. Phillips played the eldest daughter of Richard Kiley, an ex-hippie who moved back in with her parents along with her two teen-age children, in the NBC miniseries "A Year in the Life", a role she reprised in the weekly series (1987-88). In 1989, she switched to sitcoms playing the secretary Robert Guillaume was dating on "The Robert Guillaume Show" (ABC), one of the first interracial romances on TV. When that show failed to find an audience, Phillips moved on to "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1989-90) as Gregory Harrison's sister. One of her best roles to date was as a widowed Catholic mother raising two children after World War II in the critically praised, but low-rated period drama "Homefront"...

With her gap-toothed smile and intelligent yet sometimes fraught demeanor, Wendy Phillips has worked consistently for more than a decade but had not been attached to the runaway hit that should have made her a household name. She broke into TV playing the daughter of a global corporation on the short-lived CBS series "Executive Suite" (1976-77), then was the secretary to an unconventional detective on "The Eddie Capra Mysteries" (NBC, 1978-79). When she returned to series TV in 1986, it was in more high-brow material. Phillips played the eldest daughter of Richard Kiley, an ex-hippie who moved back in with her parents along with her two teen-age children, in the NBC miniseries "A Year in the Life", a role she reprised in the weekly series (1987-88). In 1989, she switched to sitcoms playing the secretary Robert Guillaume was dating on "The Robert Guillaume Show" (ABC), one of the first interracial romances on TV. When that show failed to find an audience, Phillips moved on to "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1989-90) as Gregory Harrison's sister. One of her best roles to date was as a widowed Catholic mother raising two children after World War II in the critically praised, but low-rated period drama "Homefront" (ABC, 1991-93). Exhibiting a slightly malevolent streak, she was cast as the murderous Lucille Richards on the primetime soap "Savannah" (The WB, 1996). Trading in machinations for a more wholesome image, Phillips segued to playing Gerald McRaney's wife in "Promised Land" (CBS, 1996-99).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rendition (2007)
2.
3.
 Very Annie Mary (2001) Hinge; Megan
4.
 I Am Sam (2001) Miss Wright
6.
 Mad Cows (1999) Prison Warden
7.
8.
 Fast Company (1995) Paula Stone
9.
 MacShayne: Winner Takes All (1994) Hannah Foss
10.
 MacShayne: Final Roll of the Dice (1994) Hannah Foss
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1975:
TV-movie debut, "Death Be Not Proud"
1976:
TV series debut as daughter on "Executive Suite"
1977:
Feature film debut, "Fraternity Row"
1978:
Co-starred on "The Eddie Capra Mysteries"
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Played Richard Kiley's eldest daughter in miniseries and series of "A Year in the Life"
1988:
Played Robert De Niro's ex-wife in "Midnight Run"
1989:
Co-starred on TV series, "The Robert Guillaume Show"
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Played Lauren Daniels on TV series, "Falcon Crest"
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Was member of ensemble cast of "Homefront"
1991:
Co-starred as Esta Siegel in the feature "Bugsy"
1996:
Played Lucille Richards on The WB series "Savannah"
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Starred as Gerald McRaney's wife on CBS series "Home of the Brave"
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California - 1974

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husband:
Scott Paulin. Actor, director.

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father:
Wendell Phillips. Actor, teacher.
mother:
Jean Shelton. Actor, teacher.
daughter:
Virginia Paulin. Father Scott Paulin.

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