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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 15 August 1936Bountiful, Utah, USA
Birth NamePatricia Ann Priest

Mini Bio (1)

This sweet, wholesome, porcelain-skinned beauty was your typical bouffant blonde of the early-to-mid 60s. She was picture perfect, whether romping along the coast of Malibu Beach in a bikini or peering over a white picket fence as the girl-next-door. Pat Priest was born in 1936 in Utah. Her mother, Ivy Baker Priest (1905-1975), was a renown government official and served as United States Treasurer under the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration from 1953-1961. She also was California's Treasurer while Ronald Reagan was Governor from 1966-1974. Living a glamorous débutante's life in Washington D.C. during her mother's 1950s term, she won attention as a beauty contest winner in the area. Stagestruck, she moved to Los Angeles and pursued commercials, modeling and community theater work. She happened to be in the San Francisco Bay area, in 1964, when she got the call from Hollywood as a possible replacement for lookalike actress Beverley Owen, the "original" Marilyn Munster, who was suddenly leaving The Munsters (1964) series for marriage. Most viewers never caught on that there was a cast change. The decorative sitcom role did wonders for Pat as the prettiest resident of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, making her a minor household name. On the down side, she was given very little to do but to serve as a pretty and innocent foil for the weird and funny characters around her. Her one-joke premise revolved around her feeling "abnormal" amid her ghoulish relatives. The show ran another two seasons with Pat, then she went on to what would become a less-than-enviable post-Munsters career. Other than a few guest parts in such shows as Bewitched (1964), Perry Mason (1957), The Virginian (1962) and Mary Tyler Moore (1970), the pickings grew scarce. Deemed too old to play "Marilyn" after the series was canceled (she was 30), she was replaced by red-headed Debbie Watson (TV's "Tammy") for the feature film, Munster, Go Home! (1966), which included the rest of her TV cast. She did dally around with Elvis Presley in Easy Come, Easy Go (1967), one of his lesser vehicles, and also appeared in the sub-par cult horror flick, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971), which co-starred Bruce Dern and Casey Kasem, but film roles were almost non-existent after that. Pat finally retired from acting in the 80s but still attends many of the nostalgic conventions and "Munster" revivals around the country. At last report, she was restoring and selling homes in the Idaho area. Married twice, she has two sons.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Frederick Hansing (5 December 1981 - present)
Pierce Andrew Jensen Jr. (20 August 1955 - 1968) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Lisp, breathless voice
Her role as Marilyn Munster in The Munsters

Trivia (11)

Bought a 1967 Cadillac El Dorado convertible, with a black leather interior, from Elvis Presley for $3,000. She traded it in a couple of years later for a new Pontiac, rather than keeping Elvis' convertible as a collector's item. She didn't tell the dealer it had been owned by Elvis.
Best known for playing Marilyn Munster on the TV series The Munsters (1964); however, she took over the role after Beverley Owen left the series to get married. Priest stayed with the series until its cancellation in 1966.
Has two sons from her first marriage: Pierce and Lance. Both were in commercials when young.
Selected as one of the Capitol's "Ten Most Beautiful Women" while living in Washington D.C. with her mother, U.S. Treasurer Ivy Baker Priest, whose signature appeared on U.S. currency from 1953 to 1961.
When she was a young girl, her family moved from Salt Lake City to Bountiful, Utah. Although Bountiful is a small town, she was exposed to entertainment work through her mother, Ivy Baker Priest, who often wrote, directed and produced road shows for the Mormon church.
Queen of the Norfolk (Virginia) Azalea Pageant in 1954.
Member of Delta Zeta sorority, Alpha Chi chapter.
She auditioned for the role of Mary Ann in Gilligan's Island (1964).
In November 2000, she was a guest at the Asheville Film Festival (now called the Western North Carolina Film Festival) at Asheville, North Carolina, along with Pamela Sue Martin, Julie Parrish, Elizabeth MacRae, James Whitmore, Soupy Sales, Rhodes Reason, Noreen Nash and Peggy Moran.
Eagle, ID, USA: Antique dealer, along with her sister, at a shop in Boise, ID. She has just finished maintenance treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is now in remission. [July 2010]
Lives in Hailey, Idaho, where she restores and resells houses. In May 2001, she was diagnosed with lymphoma, but she is undergoing treatment to contain the disease. [September 2001]

Personal Quotes (1)

[on The Munsters (1964)] I tested for the part on a Wednesday, they called me on Thursday, I signed the contracts on a Friday and started working on Monday. That was my big break.

Salary (2)

The Munsters (1964) $750/week
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971) $5,000

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