Margaret Gillespie "Meg" Wyllie (February 15, 1917 – January 1, 2002) was an American actress who appeared primarily on television.
Wyllie in a "The Golden Girls" episode from 1991
Margaret Gillespie Wyllie
February 15, 1917
|Died||January 1, 2002 (aged 84)|
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Other names||Meg Wylie|
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.
Wyllie acted with the Pasadena Playhouse, in Visit to a Small Planet (1958), Two on an Island (1940) and All the Comforts of Home (1941). She had previously appeared in Dear Brutus and Morning Glory there.
Wyllie "appeared on nearly every popular TV series of the late 1950s and much of the 1960s."
In 1960, Wyllie appeared as a grandmother in the "Bullets and Ballet" episode of Tightrope! and in The Twilight Zone episode "The Night of the Meek". 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" (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".
In the 1963-1964 season, Wyllie had a recurring role as Mrs. Kissel 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. 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). She also played several different characters on both The Golden Girls and Designing Women.
|1961||The Flight That Disappeared||Helen Cooper|
|1962||Beauty and the Beast||Woman|
|1971||Vanishing Point||Police Dispatcher||Uncredited|
|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|
- p. 140 in: Halsema, James J. Bishop Brent's Baguio School: The First 75 Years. Brent School, Baguio City, Philippines 247pp. OCLC 20331617
- Galloway, Doug (February 10, 2002). "Meg Wyllie". Variety. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "Ticket Sale Begins at Playhouse". California, Covina. Covina Argus. September 18, 1958. p. 9. Retrieved April 28, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Elmer Rice Play To Open in Pasadena". California, Santa Ana. Santa Ana Register. October 28, 1940. p. 10. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Comedy Will Be Chaffey Event". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. March 15, 1941. p. 15. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Meg Wyllie". Playbill. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "(photo caption)". California, San Rafael. Daily Independent Journal. May 28, 1960. p. 33. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "(photo caption)". California, San Rafael. Daily Independent Journal. December 17, 1960. p. 42. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "(TV listing)". Ohio, Salem. The Salem News. August 27, 1966. p. 7. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "TV Previews". Ohio, Dover. The Daily Reporter. December 31, 1964. p. 14. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Indians Block Trail on Video Show". Utah, Provo. The Daily Herald. September 16, 1963. p. 17. Retrieved April 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- Reichardt, Nancy M. (September 25, 1994). "'General Hospital' Update: Lila's Back To Her Former Self". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 April 2016.