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Originated the role of "Lilli Vanessi" in the original Broadway production of Cole Porter
's "Kiss Me Kate" (1948). Reprised the role in the 1951 London production, a 1959 television adaptation (costarring original cast member Alfred Drake
, and a 1965 revival.
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I was fitted for costumes in The Glass Key with Alan Ladd when I was told by the studio boss, Buddy De Sylva, that Veronica Lake would do the part. He said I could stick around and play heavies. I said no! I over-ate my way out of the Paramount contract.
Had a very promising role in the classic Victor Mature
crime thriller Kiss of Death
(1947) as Mature's Italian wife who is raped and later commits suicide by putting her head in the kitchen gas oven. The censors cut her part out completely because they refused to allow a rape or suicide to be shown. Patricia's name still appears on the credits of the film.
Her long hair
The Fire and Ice Girl