Peg Phillips

Actor, Accountant
Charming character actor who, after spending a career as an accountant and raising four children as a single mother, retired at age 65 and returned to school at the University of Washington to study acting. Previously ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1918 in Everett, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

ER 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Common 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Northern Exposure 1989 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dogfight 1991 (Movie)

Older Cafe Customer (Actor)

Waiting For the Light 1990 (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

Chase (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Affection (TV Show)

Actor

How the West Was Fun (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Charming character actor who, after spending a career as an accountant and raising four children as a single mother, retired at age 65 and returned to school at the University of Washington to study acting. Previously experienced in community theater, Phillips secured herself an agent and very soon thereafter appeared in the TV-movie "Chase" (1985). She acted in several other projects including the feature film "Waiting for the Light" (1990) and received her big break when cast for a one-time appearance on the series premiere of the Alaska-set CBS comedy-drama "Northern Exposure" that same year. Phillips was subsequently hired to reprise her role as crusty, no-nonsense but sensible and compassionate store owner Ruth-Anne in a recurring slot, and her likably weathered features and relaxed warmth soon proved to be such an indelible part of the ensemble that she was made a series regular.

Relationships

Child
had four raised them as a single mother

Grandchild
has four

Great-Grandchild
has four

EDUCATION

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington
returned to school to study acting at age 65

The Juilliard School

New York, New York
studied piano there for a time

Milestones

1997

Began recurring role as Mrs. Hinkle on "Seventh Heaven"

1996

Guest-starred on "Suddenly Susan" and "Boston Common"

1994

Guest-starred on "Touched by an Angel" and "ER"

1994

Appeared as Natty in telepic "How the West Was Fun"

1990

Cast as Ruth-Anne Miller, the crusty storeowner on "Northern Exposure"

1990

Made feature film debut in small supporting role in "Waiting for the Light", starring Shirley MacLaine and Teri Garr

1985

First TV-movie, "Chase"

1984

Returned to school to study acting at age 65; got an agent her freshman year (date approximate)

Worked as an accountant while raising four children in the Bay area of San Francisco; acted on the side in community theater

Later lived in Southern California and Hawaii; was residing in Honolulu when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941

Lived in New York City for a time while she was studying piano at Juilliard

Was raised in Washington State

Bonus Trivia

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For the last 18 years (as of 1993), Philips has lived in a 100-year-old log cabin in Washington, 20 minutes away from the "Northern Exposure" set. She never owned a TV set until CBS gave her one. Philips never watches her show when it's broadcast because she goes to bed at 8 p.m. (Her daughter tapes it for her.)

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