Who was Phyllis Davis?
Phyllis Davis was an American actress who was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She was most famously remembered for her iconic roles as Beatrice Travis in the 1970s and 1980s television series Vega$. She was also featured for five whole seasons on the popular comedy program Love, American Style. Additionally, she has also appeared in numerous films throughout her career, such as Spinout and The Choirboys.
Life before fame and growing up
Phyllis was born in the early 1940s, so she lived through the middle of second world war and although she wasn’t influenced by it she had become fascinated by the whole concept and would often listen to the latest broadcasts on radio on what the situation with the war was, it was one of her hobbies early on. Phyllis grew up in a small city and decided to attended courses at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she took upon training at the Pasadena Playhouse in California later on.
Phyllis was an only child to her parents Maggy and Greg, her parents were morticians and were relatively strict with their teachings. Her parents both came from the nearby city of Nederland. Phyllis also had a long-term romantical relationship with a fellow actor Dean Martin, the couple were together for the most part of the 1970s. Although the couple split up after a while, they still remained good friends. Later on Phyllis Davis would go on to date Laffit Pincay Jr. start from 1981. The pair were together for almost two decades before the horse jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. passed away in the early 2000s.
Phyllis was a well respected actress in the Hollywood industry. She got her first role in the 1969 film The big Bounce, later appearing in Russ Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), Sweet Sugar (Which premiered in 1972), The Choirboys (1977), The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch (1982), Terminal Island (1973), and Guns (a 1990 action film about a group of female agents who are sent to take out a South American gunrunner).
Davis was also a co star of the long running sitcom Vega$ where she appeared from 1978 until 1981, starring alongside Rober Urich. Phyllis’ character Beatrice Travis worked for Dan Tanna, a Las Vegas-based private investigator who was portrayed by Urich. Phyllis’ role was working as Tanna’s wise secretary and girl Friday in the crime drama.
Although Phyllis never married, her relationships with Dean Martin and Laffit Pincay Jr. were long-term, and she has stated that marriage itself isn’t the most crucial thing in a relationship, as long as there is loyalty, love, and respect then that’s enough.
The actress sadly passed away at 73, after a long battle with cancer. She died in her home on September 27, 2013 in Henderson, Nevada.
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