FLAX , Phyllis Luckett Oliver
Actress, 85 years old died on May 26, 2007 at home in Venice, CA after a long and courageous 16 year battle with cancer.
Born in London, England on July 19, 1921 daughter of Alice Maude and Thomas Luckett and beloved sister of Elise Luckett Lloyd.
Her first professional job (age five) was performing for the League of Nations. Due to Phyllis' very young age, Vic Oliver and Sarah Churchill (Sir Winston's daughter) Oliver were her legal guardians which enabled Phyllis to travel throughout the country. Schooled in London at the Royal Academy of Drama and Arts and trained at the De Vos School, at the Portland School of Dance and was a resident dancer with the London Palladium where she gave three (1935-37) Royal Command Performances in the Presence of their Majesties, The King and Queen.
During the "Blitz" Phyllis served as an ambulance driver with the St. John Ambulance Brigade and volunteered with the American Red Cross.
She performed in London at the Hippodrome, and in E.N.S.A. /U.S.O. shows. Her radio career was live performances such as Hi Gang with Ben Lyons, BeBe Daniels and Vic Oliver on local radio programs.
Phyllis visited the US shortly after the war in Europe and during her visit met Dan Flax. They were married in NYC on December 19, 1946. The family moved to Palm Springs in 1950. While raising her family she immersed herself in the community. She was a main stay in the Palm Springs Playhouse (acting and directing), President of the PTA, Narrator of the Desert Circus Parade always helping fund raising projects for the many service clubs especially the Kiwanis and Elks.
After Dan's passing in 1972 she moved to Beverly Hills in 1974 to work her craft in television, movies and theater. Phyllis appeared on many shows including Dallas, NYPD Blues, Wonder Woman and, most recently, ER.
Phyllis is survived by her devoted daughter, Wendy P. Runyon and son, L. Peter Flax (Pamela). Grandsons Thomas Runyon (Elise), Daniel and Nicholas Flax, and great grandchildren Tara, Hanah and Christian Runyon.
Memorial services to be held on June 30 at 11:30 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA.
Instead of flowers the family suggests donations to VISTA Hospice, 16830 Ventura Blvd #315, Encino, CA 91436.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on 6/21/2007.