House of Wax actress Phyllis Kirk dead at 79

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  1. Henry Gale

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    More than a pretty face...

    "The Thin Man," which brought Kirk an Emmy nomination in 1959, "was the most happy and interesting work experience I ever had as an actress," she told the Associated Press in 1984.

    Known for being outspoken, Kirk worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to campaign against capital punishment in the late 1950s.

    Before the California Assembly, she spoke against the death sentence of Caryl Chessman — convicted on 17 counts of kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault — and visited him in prison several times before he was executed in 1960.

    "It made headlines, but it hurt her career too," Olson said. "She was very opinionated and very passionate about her beliefs."

    After the Watts riots in 1965, Kirk helped establish and fund two preschool programs in the area.

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