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Margaret Gillespie "Meg" Wyllie (February 15, 1917 – January 1, 2002) was an American actress who appeared primarily on television.

Meg Wyllie
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Wyllie in a "The Golden Girls" episode from 1991
Margaret Gillespie Wyllie

(1917-02-15)February 15, 1917
DiedJanuary 1, 2002(2002-01-01) (aged 84)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Other namesMeg Wylie
Years active1952-1995

Early yearsEdit

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she grew up in the Philippines, where her father worked as an engineer in sugar plantations on Negros Island near Bacolod. She attended the Brent School in Baguio for grammar school and high school then moved to New York City in the 1940s.[1][2]


Wyllie acted with the Pasadena Playhouse, in Visit to a Small Planet (1958),[3] Two on an Island (1940)[4] and All the Comforts of Home (1941).[5] She had previously appeared in Dear Brutus and Morning Glory there.[4]

She was in The Glass Menagerie's original production.[2] On Broadway, she played in The First Gentleman.[6]


Wyllie "appeared on nearly every popular TV series of the late 1950s and much of the 1960s."[2]

In 1960, Wyllie appeared as a grandmother in the "Bullets and Ballet" episode of Tightrope![7] and in The Twilight Zone episode "The Night of the Meek".[8] That same year, she was cast as Mrs. Shafer in the episode "The Captain's Dilemma" of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper as a United States Navy physician and Abby Dalton as nurse Martha Hale.

Between 1962-1966 Wyllie made four guest appearances on Perry Mason. Her most substantial role of these was as Ninevah Stone in the episode, "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew"[9] (1963). She also played Marguerite Keith, the owner of a home in the path of a road, in the 1964 episode "The Case of the Ruinous Redhead".[10]

In the 1963-1964 season, Wyllie had a recurring role as Mrs. Kissel[11] in 18 episodes of ABC's family western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring child actor Kurt Russell in the title role. Mark Allen played Matt Kissel, her husband, in nineteen episodes. In nine episodes, four of The Osmonds were cast as the singing sons of the Kissel family, all with given names of books of the Old Testament, Micah, Deuteronomy, Lamentations, and Leviticus.[12] She played the first-ever villain in Star Trek, the Talosian "Keeper" in the pilot episode, "The Cage" (1964). Not broadcast in its original form for many years, this material was used in the two-parter, "The Menagerie" (1966).

Wyllie appeared on ABC's General Hospital as three different characters-Nurse Doris Roach (1974) who revealed to Lesley Faulkner that her daughter (Laura Vining) was still alive; Antique shop proprietor Hester Frumpkin (1982) who worked for Laura's kidnapper, David Gray; and a brief replacement for Anna Lee as Lila Quartermaine (1994).[13] She also played several different characters on both The Golden Girls and Designing Women.


Wyllie died on January 1, 2002, at the age of 84 in Glendale, California, from heart failure. She was survived by a cousin.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1961 The Flight That Disappeared Helen Cooper
1962 Beauty and the Beast Woman
1964 Marnie Mrs. Turpin
1967 Fitzwilly Saleswoman Uncredited
1971 Vanishing Point Police Dispatcher Uncredited
1974 Our Time Nurse
1976 Lipstick Sister Margaret
1983 Second Thoughts Mrs. Gardner
1983 Cracking Up Anti-Smoking Enforcer Uncredited
1984 The Last Starfighter Granny Gordon
1986 Nothing in Common Grandma on Commercial Set
1987 Dragnet Mrs. Gannon
1989 Worth Winning Granny


  1. ^ p. 140 in: Halsema, James J. Bishop Brent's Baguio School: The First 75 Years. Brent School, Baguio City, Philippines 247pp. OCLC 20331617
  2. ^ a b c d Galloway, Doug (February 10, 2002). "Meg Wyllie". Variety. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Ticket Sale Begins at Playhouse". California, Covina. Covina Argus. September 18, 1958. p. 9. Retrieved April 28, 2016 – via  
  4. ^ a b "Elmer Rice Play To Open in Pasadena". California, Santa Ana. Santa Ana Register. October 28, 1940. p. 10. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  5. ^ "Comedy Will Be Chaffey Event". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. March 15, 1941. p. 15. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  6. ^ "Meg Wyllie". Playbill. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ "(photo caption)". California, San Rafael. Daily Independent Journal. May 28, 1960. p. 33. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  8. ^ "(photo caption)". California, San Rafael. Daily Independent Journal. December 17, 1960. p. 42. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  9. ^ "(TV listing)". Ohio, Salem. The Salem News. August 27, 1966. p. 7. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  10. ^ "TV Previews". Ohio, Dover. The Daily Reporter. December 31, 1964. p. 14. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  11. ^ "Indians Block Trail on Video Show". Utah, Provo. The Daily Herald. September 16, 1963. p. 17. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via  
  12. ^ "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  13. ^ Reichardt, Nancy M. (September 25, 1994). "'General Hospital' Update: Lila's Back To Her Former Self". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 April 2016.

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