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Phyllis Adams started life as a Manhattan debutante, but showed her maverick nature by traveling war-torn Europe in a USO tour of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit before covering the Nuremberg Trials as a reporter.

Back in New York City in the 1950’s she got press as the “Girl Producer” on the first serious issue-oriented programs directed at women. Adams was the producer of Home, What’s the Problem, Author Meets the Critics, and many of Arlene Francis’ programs. Believing that women were not interested merely in how to arrange flowers for the dinner table, Adams at one point risked losing her job by putting Margaret Sanger, founder of the American birth control movement, on television.

Phyllis Adams Jenkis died on February 26, 2004 in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 80. Click here to read Richard Corliss' appreciation on Time.com.

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