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Lee Patrick

Mostly Credited As: Lee Patrick
Date Of Birth: November 22, 1901 (Age 80)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: November 21, 1982
Cause Of Death: Heart Seizure (Laguna Hills, California)
Height: 5' 3 " (1.6 m)

Lee Patrick


She could play a tough, scrapping, hardbitten dame as she did in the gritty women's prison drama Caged (1950), or the meek and twittery socialite wife as exemplified in the freewheeling farce Auntie Mame (1958). The versatile character actress Lee Patrick had plenty of places to go in films and TV and she did...for over five decades. Born in New York City in 1901, Lee's father was an editor of a trade paper who prompted her interest in theater. She started off on the stock stage as a teen and debuted on Broadway in "The Green Beetle" (1924), becoming a long and popular NY presence during the 20s and early 30s with such scene-stealing roles in "June Moon," "Little Women," "Blessed Event" and "Stage Door." Good notices in the last play led to an RKO contract and steady secondary film work starting in 1937. By the 40s she had became an invaluable Warner Bros. stock player enhancing such movies as The Sisters (1938), Saturday's Children (1940), _Dangerously They Live (1942)_ , Now, Voyager (1942), Mrs. Parkington (1944), and Mildred Pierce (1945). However, her best known role of that period remains that of Effie, the wry, altruistic 'girl Friday' to Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade, in the classic The Maltese Falcon (1941). Lee also found time to do radio with a running part on "The O'Neils." During her "potboiler" run at Warners, she seemed to play everything with a biting, cynical edge, from nurses to floozies, but in the mid-50s the now matronly actress suddenly seemed to blossom before our very eyes into a dithery and obtuse Billie Burke-like delight as she geared herself toward comedy eccentrics. TV got a heads up on this angle when she played society doyenne Henrietta Topper, the flighty, quivery-voiced wife of Leo G. Carroll on the popular ghostly sitcom "Topper" (1953) which ran from 1953 to 1955. And there would be other fun and fluttery turns in Pillow Talk (1959) and 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), to name a couple. In the mid-1960s Lee retired for traveling and painting, but was coaxed back one more time to revive her Effie role in the "Maltese Falcon" spoof The Black Bird (1975). The only one joining her from the original cast was Elisha Cook, Jr. Lee, who was long and happily married to newsman-writer Tom Wood of "The Lighter Side of Billy Wilder," was plagued by health problems in later years and died of a heart seizure in 1982. They had no children.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Topper (1953)As: Henrietta Topper
Boss Lady (1952)As: Aggie, the secretary
Episode Cast Credits 

The Donna Reed Show (1958) 
  The Gladiators 08x11: (Nov/25/1965) As Maudie Baker 

The Rifleman (1958) 
  Guilty Conscience 04x27: (Apr/02/1962) As Mrs. Leota Carreway 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  The Baby Sitters 03x25: (Mar/25/1962) As Millicent 

Pete and Gladys (1960) 
  Lover Go Away 02x14: (Dec/25/1961) As Phoebe 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Strange Bedfellows 03x23: (Feb/17/1961) As Nona Rumson 

Harrigan & Son (1960) 
  Shall We Dance? 01x16: (Feb/03/1961) As Alice Finley 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  Jack "Legs" Diamond 02x02: (Oct/20/1960) As Lelah Dolan 

Lawman (1958) 
  The Old War Horse 03x04: (Oct/09/1960) As Bess Harper 
  The Chef 01x22: (Mar/01/1959) As Mary Young 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  Second Day of Infamy 01x03: (Oct/21/1959) As Pearl Blake 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Steele Family 02x37: (Jun/17/1959) As Mrs. Steele 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Aesop and Rhodope 03x18: (Nov/11/1957) As guest star 

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955) 
  The Marriage Broker 02x19: (Jun/12/1957) As Emmie Swazey 

Kings Row (1955) 
  Mail Order Bride 01x04: (Nov/15/1955) As Mrs. Johnson 

Mr. & Mrs. North (1952) 
  Man Who Came To Murder 01x28: (Apr/10/1953) As Maggie McGinnis 
  Dying To Live 01x24: (Mar/13/1953) As Grace Compton 

Racket Squad (1951) 
  The Vain Woman 02x12: (Nov/22/1951) As guest star 
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