by Rob Morrow
Phillips portrays Ruth-Anne
Miller, a wise storekeeper who dispenses psychological insight
with each purchase. A woman who has lived through it all and has
learned to appreciate life for everything it has to offer, Ruth-Anne
provides a constant in an always turbulent town. Proprietor of a
one-stop shop which serves as the library, post office, local market,
and video store, Ruth-Anne's quiet strength, wise words, and life
experiences guide the residents of Cicely through their many crazy
native of Everett, Washington, Phillips left the state of Washington
at the age of twenty and in the next twenty years married, divorced,
raised four children by herself, and helped raise her four grandchildren.
Knowing from the age of four that she wanted to act, Phillips participated
in a few community theater productions. But not until her family
was grown did she return to the Seattle area and have the opportunity
to live her dream.
the age of sixty-five, Phillips enrolled in the University of Washington
Drama School and hired an agent. Her immediate success did not allow
her to finish her degree, although she hoped to complete it by the time
she turned eighty. Her numerous film credits include Waiting
for the Light starring Shirley Maclaine; Plain Clothes with
Abe Vigoda; Dangerous Affections with Judith Light, and Chase with Jennifer O'Neill. Her theater credits include Romeo and Juliet,
performed at the Marin Shakespeare Festival; Night Mother at
the University of Washington, and Madwoman of Chaillot at the
Santa Cruz Repertory.
the cancellation of Northern Exposure, Phillips made guest appearances
on several television shows, including Touched by an Angel, Suddenly Susan and ER.
In her spare time she enjoys two very special pastimes: "gardening and
grandchildren!" In 1994, she narrated a documentary on aging called
Granny Myth." This documentary shows realistic and positive
views of older women.
1998, Phillips founded the Woodinville
Repertory Theatre, a professional theater company in Woodinville,
Washington. The company is dedicated to producing quality theater to
appeal to audiences from the entire Puget Sound region.
Phillips was born September 20, 1918. She passed away on November 7, 2002.
ask me, so often, which episode was my favorite.... I always say
that, far and away, my favorite episode was the one in which Ed
and Ruth Anne danced on her grave. When I first read the script,
I said a prayer of thanks that I was privileged to be in it. ...
friend once told me of the Zen admonition to live life as if you
were already dead. That thought ties right in with my dad's firm
belief that we should not only live each day as if it were our last--we
should live every day as if it would last forever. To me, dancing
on my grave brings it all together."
© Phillips family with permission.
Pictures courtesy of Phillips family with permission.
the set of 3.8 A-Hunting
We Will Go
star Peg Phillips brings drama classes to locked-in youth at Echo Glen - Woodinville.com, 5/5/97
'Northern Exposure' veteran carves
a niche in local theater scene - The Seattle Times, 8/5/99
is force behind new theater group in Woodinville - The Seattle Times,
Actress injured in car accident -
The Seattle Times, 12/24/99
Robert Siegal All
Things Considered, 11/13/02
Idaho Statesman, 11/16/02
County Journal (WA), 11/13/02
Thread on alt.obituaries, alt.tv.ER
reinforce success at Echo Glen - Snoqualmie Valley Record , 1/3/03
(Peg's legacy lives on)