Monday, April 28, 2008

Kate Phillips, R. I. P.

Thanks to Vince Keenan for the link.

Kate Phillips, Actress Who Christened ‘The Blob,’ Is Dead at 94 - New York Times: "Kate Phillips, who played mostly supporting roles on Broadway and in more than 50 films in the 1930s and ’40s and who later was a co-writer of the 1958 horror film “The Blob,” died on April 18 in Keene, N.H. She was 94.

The death was confirmed by Lawrence Benaquist, chairman of film studies at Keene State College. Mrs. Phillips, known during her acting career as Kay Linaker, taught at the college from 1980 until two years ago.

In 1956, while working with Theodore Simonson on the script for a movie that was supposed to be called “The Molten Meteor,” Mrs. Phillips referred to the giant jellylike creature from another planet that had plopped into a field outside of a small town as “the blob.” Overhearing her, the producers changed the name of what became something of a cult classic."

Update: Click here.

2 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

"Starring Steve McQueen and a cast of exciting people." Now there's a sure-fire come-on. Maybe it should have saud "excited people."

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

"said," not "saud." Gotta learn to poorfread.