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PASSINGS: Phyllis Thaxter, Ron Nelson
PASSINGS: Phyllis Thaxter, Ron Nelson

Phyllis Thaxter Veteran actress played Clark Kent's mother Phyllis Thaxter, 92, an actress who had an active film career in the 1940s and '50s and capped it with her portrayal of Clark Kent's mother in the 1978 version of "Superman," died Tuesday at her home in Orlando, Fla., said her daughter, actress Skye Aubrey. She hadAlzheimer's disease. After watching her screen test, MGM executives chose Thaxter, a stage actress, to play opposite Van Johnson in the World War II drama "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944). A string of roles as the wife or romantic partner followed, as Thaxter appeared with Burt Lancaster in "Jim Thorpe — All...

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