Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Philips
Philips died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California on April 22, 1975, aged 74, after a long battle with lung cancer.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe 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 cousin Lucille Hackett of New Haven arranged for her own daughter, Deborah Hackett, to be with Mary in Santa Monica during her final months. Mary had long been a godmother to the children of the Hackett family, sending them to camp in the summer time and visiting them in New England and in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Her relationship with Lucille Hackett was one of long affection and care that spanned their lives. Lucille was heir to Mary Philips' estate (and after Mary's death to the estate of her husband, Kenneth MacKenna, as well). (Lucille and her children were a reliable source for much of the personal information contained in this biography). Mary Philips was buried with her husband, Kenneth MacKenna, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.
Mary and her second husband attended Bogart's memorial in California following his death in 1957.
The couple were married in August 1938; it was the second and final marriage for both. They later made their home in California, where Kenneth worked for M-G-M. They remained married until MacKenna's death in 1962.
More DetailsHide DetailsPhilips'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). She had featured roles in the late 1940s films Leave Her to Heaven, Dear Ruth and A Woman's Secret.
During the later days of MacKenna's life, both Mary's mother and Kenneth's mother lived with them in their home in Brentwood. Following the deaths of her husband and her mother, Mary moved to an apartment 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.
After a marriage that lasted ten years, Philips and Bogart divorced in 1938.
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.
More DetailsHide DetailsThis was Philips' first marriage and Bogart's second. He was a little-known stage actor then, and Mary 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.
In 1924 she appeared in the Broadway play Nerves with Humphrey Bogart and Kenneth MacKenna, both lifelong friends and future husbands.
Born in New London, Connecticut, she was the only child of Charles and Anna (née Hurley) Philips of New Haven, where she was educated at St. Mary's Academy, New Haven. In 1920 she made her stage debut as a chorus girl.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe 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.
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