Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 9, 1903
DiedFebruary 8, 2008, Faber, Virginia, United States
FactFormer Continental Airlines stewardess.

Phyllis Ayame Whitney (born September 9, 1903) is an American writer of more than 70 mystery novels. She received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1985.

Whitney was born in Yokohama, Japan, the daughter of American parents. Her father was a businessman and her mother was a schoolteacher. Whitney’s family moved to the United States when she was two years old, and she was raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College in 1925.

Whitney began her writing career as a journalist for The New York Times. She later worked as an editor for Cosmopolitan magazine and as a Hollywood script reader. Her first novel, Black Amber, was published in 1942.

Whitney’s novels are often set in exotic locations, such as Japan, India, and the Caribbean. Her characters are often strong-willed women who find themselves in dangerous situations.

Whitney was married to businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney from 1932 until his death in 1992. The couple had three children: Phyllis, Timothy, and Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney II.

Whitney’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

General Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 9, 1903
DiedFebruary 8, 2008, Faber, Virginia, United States
Place Of BirthYokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


AwardsEdgar Grand Master Award, Edgar Award for Best Juvenile, Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement

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1Former Continental Airlines stewardess.
21966 Deb Star.




The Choirboys1977Foxy
Train Ride to Hollywood1975Scarlett O'Hara
Wives1975TV MovieDoris (as Phyllis Elizabeth Davis)
The Boys1974TV MovieVicki
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesMaureen Monroe
The Odd Couple1974TV SeriesEve
The Day of the Dolphin1973Receptionist - Foundation
Love, American Style1970-1973TV SeriesElaine (segment "Love and the Swinging Surgeon") / Mary (segment "Love and the Perfect Wife") / Bonnie Williams (segment "Love and the Physical") / ...
Terminal Island1973Joy
Sweet Sugar1972Sugar
The F.B.I.1970TV SeriesMotel Manager
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls1970Susan Lake
The Big Bounce1969Girl in bikini
Adam-121969TV SeriesBetsy Blake
Live a Little, Love a Little19682nd Secretary
The Wild Wild West1966-1967TV SeriesLt. Ramirez / Emir #2 Girl / Saloon Girl
Captain Nice1967TV SeriesSecretary
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesGirl in Bikini
Shane1966TV SeriesShirley Norman
The Swinger1966Model (uncredited)
Spinout1966Bit Girl (uncredited)
The Last of the Secret Agents?1966Beautiful Girl (uncredited)
The Beverly Hillbillies1966TV SeriesSecond Kitty Kat Showgirl
Petticoat Junction1966TV SeriesSecond Showgirl
The Oscar1966Actress (uncredited)
Lord Love a Duck1966
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory1995Hostage #3
Exit to Eden1994Guest at Table (uncredited)
Beverly Hills Cop III1994Bar patron
Guns1990Kathryn Hamilton
Magnum, P.I.1985-1988TV SeriesCleo Mitchell / Tiffy, Magnum's Secretary / Mrs. John Smith
Crazy Like a Fox1986TV SeriesBrenda West
Finder of Lost Loves1985TV SeriesBeth Reynolds
Mr. Mom1984TV MovieJoan Hampton
The Love Boat1979-1984TV SeriesGayle Ludwig / Marge Peterson / Evelyn Miller / ...
Hotel1984TV SeriesClaire Thompson
Fantasy Island1979-1983TV SeriesLydia Bryant / Martha Harris / Lillian Martin / ...
The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch1982TV MovieSugar Harris
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesAndrea Lott
Knight Rider1982TV SeriesTanya Walker
Today's F.B.I.1982TV SeriesLouellen
Sizzle1981TV MovieSally
Vega$1978-1981TV SeriesBeatrice Travis
Police Woman1978TV Series


Family Feud1984TV SeriesHerself
Everything Goes1981TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Match Game PM1981TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1978-1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Model
Beat the Clock1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest Contestant (1979) (uncredited)
Hollywood Deb Star Ball1966TV MovieHerself - Deb

Archive Footage

Saucy 70's Volume 22010Video documentary
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1993TV SeriesKathryn Hamilton
Knight Rider1984TV SeriesTanya Walker
The Best of Sex and Violence1982Documentary uncredited
Famous T & A1982Video documentaryJoy / Sugar / Herself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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