Rochester’s “Miss Television” dies at age 100, one of James Monroe High School’s oldest alums.

Rochester’s “Miss Television” dies at age 100, one of James Monroe High School’s oldest alums.

Democrat and Chronicle, 11 Aug 1939, Fri, page 19-3

Today, the New York Times reported on the death Monday of Phyllis Creore (1916 – 2016).

The obituary remembers Phyllis as the “‘Canteen Girl’ on Wartime Radio.” Rochester and James Monroe High School remember Phyllis as Miss Television.

According to the Times:

Phyllis Jeanne Creore was born on March 21, 1916, in Rochester, one of two children of Alvin Creore and the former Florence Geneva Smith. Her father designed dioramas for museums at one point and worked in real estate. Ms. Creore moved to New York City in 1937.


from 1934 Monroe Log

Not mentioned was that Phyllis, Jame Monroe High School ’34, was one of Rochester’s favorite daughters. At Monroe, Phyllis was President of the “Pencil Pushers.”

Phyllis first made the papers at age twelve.


Democrat and Chronicle 23 Dec 1928, Sun, page 56-2


Democrat and Chronicle, 24 Oct 1936, Sat, page 13-2

Famed Rochester author Henry Clune wrote about her in 1936.


Democrat and Chronicle 10 Dec 1936, Thu, page 13-2


Democrat and Chronicle, 24 Apr 1936, Fri, page 15-2


Democrat and Chronicle 10 Dec 1936, Thu, page 13-2

A “Star of Tomorrow,” in April 1936, Phyllis sang at the Lowe’s Rochester Theater. In December 1936, “nationally known, Rochester-bred” Phyllis Jeanne Creore performed at the Peacock Room.

And in 1939 Phyllis told the D & C her story as “Miss Television” at the World’s Fair.

Her engagement and wedding were “of Rochester interest.”


Democrat and Chronicle, 23 Feb, 1946, Sat, page 14-2


Democrat and Chronicle, 5 Jan 1946, Sat, page 23

To the world, Phyllis, you were the Canteen Girl. To us, you will always be Miss Television.


D & C, 10/12/16

UPDATE: In today’s Democrat and Chronicle, noting our “discovery,” Jim Memmott names Phyllis a “Remarkable Rochesterian.”

Much appreciated, Jim. But we do consider Talker to be a magazine. Not a mere fleeting blog!


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