Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips Headshot

Actress

Birth Date: January 2, 1952

Age: 72 years old

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York

Wendy Phillips 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). Phillips also has worked in TV longforms, beginning in 1975 with "Death Be Not Proud" (ABC) and "One of Our Own" (NBC).

In 1994, she was in the ABC miniseries version of "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" and also that year played in two "MacShayne" TV-movies for NBC. Phillips had a pivotal role as the mother of a murder victim in the miniseries "A Season in Purgatory" (CBS, 1996).

On the big screen, Phillips made her debut in the teen movie "Fraternity Row" (1977) playing a sorority sister named Betty Ann Martin. Although she appeared in "Airplane II: The Sequel" (1982), Phillips had her first meaty roles as Robert De Niro's ex-wife in "Midnight Run" (1988) and as Esta Siegel, the long-suffering wife of Warren Beatty's "Bugsy" (1991).

Phillips is married to actor-director Scott Paulin.

Credits

SEAL TeamStream

Guest Star
Linda
Series
2017

Criminal Minds: Beyond BordersStream

Guest Star
Series
2016
25%

ShamelessStream

Guest Star
Professor Sacco
Series
2010
82%

The MentalistStream

Guest Star
Series
2008

Studio 60 on the Sunset StripStream

Guest Star
Shelley Green
Series
2006
74%

Cool Air

Actor
Movie
2006

Ghost WhispererStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

BonesStream

Guest Star
Abby Chevaleer
Series
2005
90%

The CloserStream

Guest Star
Patricia Simmons
Series
2005
83%

Joan of Arcadia

Guest Star
Series
2003
96%

MDs

Guest Star
Show
2002

Presidio Med

Guest Star
Show
2002

Family Law

Guest Star
Series
1999

Promised Land

Actor
Claire Greene
Series
1996

Savannah

Actor
Series
1996
75%

Savannah

Guest Star
Series
1996
75%

A Season in Purgatory

Actor
Luanne Utley
Movie
1996

The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play

Actor
Babs Honeywell
Movie
1996

Heroine of Hell

Actor
Margaret
Movie
1996

Savannah: Wedding Belle Blues

Actor
Lucille Richards
Movie
1996

Compañía Veloz

Actor
Movie
1995

Fast Company

Actor
Paula Stone
Movie
1995

Una Reportera a la Carrera

Actor
Movie
1995

Touched by an AngelStream

Guest Star
Series
1994

ERStream

Guest Star
Mrs. Lambright
Series
1994

MacShayne: El Gran Golpe

Actor
Movie
1994

MacShayne: la Última Caida de los Dados

Actor
Movie
1994

Última Jugada

Actor
Movie
1994

MacShayne: Winner Takes All

Actor
Hannah Foss
Movie
1994

MacShayne: Final Roll of the Dice

Actor
Hannah Foss
Movie
1994

Diagnosis Murder

Guest Star
Series
1993

The CommishStream

Guest Star
Emily Sherman
Series
1991

Homefront

Actor
Anne Metcalf
Series
1991
67%

BugsyStream

Actor
Esta Siegel
Movie
1991
84%

Appearances

Actor
Marie Danzig
Movie
1990

The Robert Guillaume Show

Actor
Ann Sherr
Show
1989

The Wizard

Actor
Christine Bateman
Movie
1989

L'Enfant génial

Actor
Movie
1989

Midnight RunStream

Actor
Gail
Movie
1988
95%

A Year in the Life

Actor
Anne Gardner Maxwell
Show
1987

Matlock: The Court Martial

Actor
Paula Campbell
Movie
1987

Fuzzbucket

Actor
Mom
Show
1986

MatlockStream

Guest Star
Series
1986

Amazing StoriesStream

Actor
Series
1985

The Twilight Zone

Actor
Series
1985

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Nancy Dalton
Series
1984

Partners in Crime

Guest Star
Shirley Hamner
Series
1984

Falcon CrestStream

Actor
Lauren Daniels
Soap
1981

Trapper John, M.D.

Guest Star
Series
1979

B. J. and the Bear

Guest Star
Series
1979

TaxiStream

Guest Star
Heather
Series
1978

Eddie Capra Mysteries

Actor
Lacey Brown
Show
1978

Nightmare in Pendragon's Castle

Actor
Lacey Brown
Movie
1978

CHiPsStream

Guest Star
Series
1977

Fraternity Row

Actor
Betty Ann
Movie
1977

Executive Suite

Actor
Stacey Walling
Series
1976

One of Our Own

Actor
Debbie Hinshaw
Movie
1975

Death Be Not Proud

Actor
Mary Wilson
Movie
1975

Afterschool Special

Actor
Show
1972