She was born Gertrude Hillyard on December 7, 1908, in Leeds, England. She was a gifted dancer and on the age of fourteen she joined an Australian cabaret troupe. Phyllis starred in lots of stage musicals together with No No Nannette and Woman Be Good. She made her movie debut within the 1925 Australian movie Painted Daughters. On the time her stage title was Phyllis DuBarry. In 1930 she toured America in a manufacturing of Rio Rita. Producer Samuel Goldwyn noticed her on stage and supplied her a task within the drama Cynara starring Kay Francis. Sadly the movie flopped and her efficiency obtained blended evaluations. She married vaudeville performer Albert Nordlund (often known as Al Nord) in 1932. The next yr she landed the lead function within the comedy What – No Beer? towards Buster Keaton. She had supporting roles within the movies Blind Journey and Forbidden Heaven.
Phyllis and Albert had a rocky marriage and so they separated a number of occasions. She divorced him in 1936 and stated “he informed me he did not suppose my profession meant something”. Phyllis continued to make movies however by 1939 her profession had stalled. She appeared in The Three Stooges brief Three Little Sew and Sews and had a bit half within the drama Waterloo Bridge. On August 20, 1939, she married decorator Gilbert M. Caldwell. The couple moved to a small home in West Hollywood. Her final movie function was taking part in a waitress within the 1947 drama Love From A Stranger. Phyllis stop performing and tried to settle into life as a housewife. Sadly she grew to become more and more depending on prescribed drugs. On July 1, 1954 she died after an unintentional overdose of phenobarbital. Phyllis was solely forty-five years outdated. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.