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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 July 1919West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire [now in Merseyside], England, UK
Date of Death 28 April 2012Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NamePatricia Paz Maria Medina
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and an English mother. She began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, where she left for Hollywood. Medina teamed up with British actor Louis Hayward and they appeared together in Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950), The Lady and the Bandit (1951), Lady in the Iron Mask (1952) and Captain Pirate (1952). Voluptuous and exotic-looking, Medina was often typecast in period melodramas such as The Black Knight (1954). Two of her more notable films were William Witney's Stranger at My Door (1956) and Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin (1955), a follow-up of The Third Man (1949), based on the radio series "The Lives of Harry Lime". Although prolific during the early 1950s, her film career faded away by the end of the decade.

Medina appeared as Margarita Cortazar in four episodes of Walt Disney's Zorro (1957), and as Diana Coulter in two episodes of Richard Boone's Have Gun - Will Travel (1957). She returned to the screen in Robert Aldrich's adaptation of the lesbian-themed drama The Killing of Sister George (1968). She and her husband, American actor Joseph Cotten, toured together in several plays and on Broadway in the murder mystery "Calculated Risk". Her appearances on television include episodes of Bonanza (1959) titled "The Spanish Grant" and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) titled "See the Monkey Dance". She also appeared as Harriet Balfour in an episode of Perry Mason (1957) titled "The Case of the Lucky Loser", and as Lucia Belmont in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) titled "The Foxes and Hounds Affair".

Patricia Medina retired from acting in 1978 after 40 years in the motion picture industry. She died at age 92 of natural causes on April 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. She was interred at Blandford Cemetary in Petersburg, Virginia beside her second husband Joseph Cotten.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Joseph Cotten (20 October 1960 - 6 February 1994) (his death)
Richard Greene (24 December 1941 - 25 June 1951) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Voluptuous assets
Seductive deep voice
Classy yet impassioned demeanor

Trivia (12)

Owed her exotic looks and British demeanor to her Spanish father and English mother.
Made her Broadway debut in 1962 with "Calculated Risks" opposite her second husband Joseph Cotten.
Her acting strength was hardly ever tested, stuck mostly in high-flying adventures as assorted feisty love interests and damsels to rescue.
Had appeared with Louis Hayward in four films: Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950), The Lady and the Bandit (1951), Lady in the Iron Mask (1952) and Captain Pirate (1952).
Had appeared with Francis L. Sullivan in four films: The Avengers (1942), Plunder of the Sun (1953), Sangaree (1953) and Drums of Tahiti (1954).
She died at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian Park, Los Angeles. She was interred at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia, beside her husband, Joseph Cotten.
Began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s.
Retired from acting in 1978 after 40 years in the motion picture industry; resided in Los Angeles, California until her death.
She and husband Joseph Cotten were both staunch Republicans and personal friends with Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.
Was a naturalized citizen of the United States.
In an interview shortly before her death, she said the main reason she took the role of the stepmother, in Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961), is because she would finally be playing a villain. Up to the point, she was known for her "good girl" roles.
During the making of Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961), Patricia Medina and Carol Heiss reportedly did not get on in real life with Heiss doing her utmost to get Medina fired.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on working with Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)] He was a perfect gentleman, and so helpful to somebody who hadn't done very much acting. He'd ad-lib out of habit--he just couldn't help it. He certainly didn't do it to throw you, and if he did throw you, he was terribly apologetic and sweet. The only thing was, it was very difficult to look him in the eye without breaking up--he had that angelic face. He was a naughty little Peter Pan, he never grew up. And although he was a child, you can't be that great a performer without being a true sophisticate. And he was that. Many children are most sophisticated, and Lou was a very sophisticated child. I thought he was the greatest comedian I had ever seen. (Quoted in Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, by Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo.)

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