Phleta was born Aug. 13, 1956 in Maysville, Mo., daughter of Don E. and Jean O. (Crowder) Olsen. She grew up in Northeast Kansas City, graduating from Northeast High School in 1974. She worked several years in the movie industry.
Phleta was employed with Columbia Pictures in Kansas City from 1976 to 1987, as Customer Service Supervisor and then from the latter part of 1987 through 1988, as an accounts