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Phyllis Coates

A charming, witty, principled and intelligent woman is how George Reeves Hall of Fame inductee Phyllis Coates is described. She is best known for having played a strong-willed Lois Lane in the first 26 episodes of Adventures of Superman. Coates is the first actress to appear as Lois Lane with actor George Reeves. Although Noel Neill played Lois Lane before Phyllis, it was not with Reeves. After that one-season, Coates began to divide her time between TV, B-movie assignments and serials at Republic. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell, upon graduating high school she went to Los Angeles to study at UCLA. However, a chance meeting with entertainer Ken Murray in a Hollywood & Vine restaurant landed her in his vaudeville show as a chorus girl. She later performed as one of Earl Carroll’s showgirls at his theater and USO tour. Her Superman fame has somewhat obscured the fact that Phyllis Coates was one of the screen’s most dependable actresses of the period.