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Mary Bogart (Phillips)

Birthplace: Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Philips and Anna Hurley Philips
Wife of Kenneth MacKenna
Ex-wife of Humphrey Bogart

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Date of Birth:23 January 1901, New London, Connecticut, USA more

Date of Death:22 April 1975, Santa Monica, California, USA more

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Alternate Names:Mary Phillips



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Prince Valiant (1954) .... Queen

Geraldine (1953) (uncredited) .... Cheerleader

"Lights Out" (1 episode, 1952)

   - The Red Rose (1952) TV episode (as Mary Phillips) 

Dear Brat (1951) .... Mrs. Wilkins

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951) .... Mrs. Boyd

... aka Only the Best (USA: TV title)

... aka This Is My Affair (UK)

Dear Wife (1949) .... Mrs. Wilkins

The Life of Riley (1949) (uncredited) .... Girl

A Woman's Secret (1949) .... Mrs. Mary Fowler

Dear Ruth (1947) .... Mrs. Edie Wilkins

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) .... Mrs. Berent

Kiss and Tell (1945) .... Dorothy Pringle

Incendiary Blonde (1945) .... Bessie Guinan

Captain Eddie (1945) .... Elsie Rickenbacker

Lady in the Dark (1944) .... Maggie Grant

Mannequin (1937) (as Mary Phillips) .... Miss Beryl Lee

The Bride Wore Red (1937) (as Mary Phillips) .... Maria

That Certain Woman (1937) (as Mary Phillips) .... Amy

As Good as Married (1937) .... Laura

Wings Over Honolulu (1937) .... Mrs. Hattie Penletter

A Farewell to Arms (1932) .... Helen Ferguson

Life Begins (1932) (uncredited) .... Miss Pinty

... aka Dream of Life

... aka The Dawn of Life (UK)

Broadway's Like That (1930) .... Ruth's Fiance's Wife

... aka Ruth Etting in Broadway's Like That (USA: copyright title)


Breakdowns of 1938 (1938) (uncredited) .... Herself (That Certain woman outtakes)


Mary Philips (January 23, 1901 - April 22, 1975) was an American stage and film actress

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Born in New London, Connecticut, Phillips was educated in a New Haven, Connecticut, at (what was then) St. Mary's Academy. She was the only child of Anna Hurley and Charles Philips of New Haven, Connecticut.In 1920 she made her stage debut as a chorus girl. She then went on to have a very successful stage career appearing in such shows as "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1936) and "Chicken Every Sunday" (1944). She had a long working relationship with the New York theatre and as her own personal scrapbook shows, worked closely with such greats as George M. Cohan. In 1924 she appeared in the Broadway play Nerves with Humphrey Bogart and Kenneth MacKenna, both life-long friends and future husbands.

Ms. Philips was married on April 3, 1928 to Humphrey Bogart at her mother's apartment at 24 Hopkins Street in Hartford, Connecticut by a Justice of the Peace. This was Philips' first marriage and Bogart's second marriage ( Helen Menken m. 20 May 1926-1927). Bogart was a little known stage actor then, and Mary was an established actress in the New York theatre. When Bogart got film roles in Hollywood, Mary declined to move with him to California as her stage career was firmly established in New York at that time. After a marriage that lasted ten years, Philips and Bogart divorced in 1938. The couple had no children. Bogart later went on to marry Mayo Methot (m.1938-1945) and then Lauren Bacall (m. 21 May 1945-until Bogart's death on 14 Janaury 1957). Mary Philips and Humphrey Bogart remained friends throughout their lives. Mary and her husband, Kenneth MacKenna (August 19, 1899 - January 15, 1962) both were invited friends to Bogart's memorial in California following his death in 1957.

Continuing on with her stage career in New York, Mary Philips then went on to marry her long-time friend, actor and director Kenneth MacKenna (August 19, 1899 - January 15, 1962). Kenneth was an American actor and film director, born Leo Mielziner, Jr. in Canterbury, New Hampshire, brother of the well-known, five-time Tony winner, Jo Mielziner (March 19, 1901 in Paris - March 15, 1976 New York, New York) (See: Mielziner: Master of Modern Stage Design by Mary C. Henderson, 2001) . Mary and Kenneth were married in August 1938; it was the second and final marriage for both. Mary and Kenneth later made their home in California, where Kenneth was Story Head for MGM. They remained married until Kenneth's death in 1962. More information about Mary Philips and Kenneth Mackenna can be found in: Mielziner Family Papers, 1890-1935,The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, New York and through MGM. Numerous photos of Mary Philips and articles can be viewed.

Mary Philips's career would later expand into films. One of her fondest memories was the role she played as Helen Ferguson in "A Farewell to Arms" (1932). Her complete filmography is listed below.

During the later days of Kenneth's life, both Mary's mother, Anna Philips, and Kenneth's mother, Ella Lane McKenna Friend (March 18, 1873 – February 2, 1968), lived with them in their home in Brentwood, California. Following Kenneth's death and the death of her own mother, Anna, Mary later moved to a lovely apartment overlooking the Pacific palisades in Santa Monica. She was generous to her extended family, and both she and Kenneth made major contributions to charitable organizations, colleges and to the arts. Their home was frequented by the adopted son of Jo Mielziner, Michael, and by her cousin, Lucille Hackett and her children. Ms. Philips was truly a gracious lady of the golden age of the theatre and of film. When she would go out to dinnner in Santa Monica in the early 1970's, she was often observed to still wear white gloves.

Philips died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California on April 22, 1975 after a long and painful battle with lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain. She had been unaware of the growing cancer until she was in a minor car accident in Santa Monica that resulted in follow-up diagnostics and treatment. Her loving cousin,"Sister," (Lucille Hackett of New Haven, Connecticut, b. New Haven, Connecticut 22 May 1917 -), arranged for one of her daughters, Deborah Hackett, to be with her in Santa Monica during Mary's final months. Mary had long been a godmother to the children of the Hackett family, sending them to camp in the summer time and visitng them in their homes in New England and in Dobbs Ferry, New York. As Philips had been an only child who had lost her father to a railroad accident when she was a small child, her extended family was important to her. Her relationship with Lucille Hackett was one of long affection and care that spanned their lives. The majority of her estate and her private belongings were left to Lucille. Mary Philips was buried with her husband, Kenneth MacKenna, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

Mary Philips had many beloved friends and extended family including the son of Jo Mielziner, Michael Mielziner, her long-time business manager, Yvonne West, her beloved cousin, Lucille Bardorf Hackett,and the Hackett children.

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The Canary (1918)

Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920)

Lillies of the Field (1921)

Pins and Needles (1922)

The Old Soak (1922)

Nerves (1924)

Big Boy (1925)

One of the Family (1925)

Two Girls Wanted (1926)

Gay Paree (1926)

The Wisdom Tooth (1926)

The Five O'clock Girl (1927)

Skyrocket (1929)

Gambling (1929)

The Tavern (1930)

The Song and Dance Man (1930)

Oh, Promise Me (1930)

The House Beautiful (1930)

The Laugh Parade (1931)

Black Sheep (1932)

Both Your Houses (1933)

All Good Americans (1933)

The Pure in Heart (1934)

Come What May (1934)

Merrily We Roll Along (1934)

Anything Goes (1934)

A Touch of Brimstone (1934)

The Postman Always Rings Twice(1936)

The Show is On (1936)

Spring Thaw (1938)

Chicken Every Sunday (1944)

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Broadway's Like That (1930)

Life Begins (1931)

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Wings Over Honolulu (1937)

As Good as Married (1937)

That Certain Woman (1937)

The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Mannequin (1937)

Lady in the Dark as Maggie Grant (1944)

Captain Eddie (1945)

Incendiary Blonde (1945)

Kiss and Tell (1945)

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Dear Ruth (1947)

A Woman's Secret (1949)

The Life of Riley (Uncredited, 1949)

Dear Wife (1949)

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)

Dear Brat (1951)

Lights Out (1 episodes, 1952)

Geraldine (Uncredited, 1953)

Prince Valiant (1954)

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Mary Phillips's Timeline

January 23, 1900
Connecticut, United States
April 3, 1928
Age 28
Hartford, CT, USA
Age 37
Age 37
April 22, 1975
Age 75
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States