Patricia Morison


3/19/1914 (107 years old)

Born into a theatrical family, Patricia Morison was trained for a stage career from the age of 16. After honing her craft with the Art Students League and Neighborhood Playhouse, she made her Broadway bow in 1933. Five years later she was signed by Paramount Pictures, where from 1939 to 1942 she appeared in a steady stream of thankless supporting roles and a few B-picture leads. She fared little better as a freelancer in the 1940s, though she did get to play Empress Eugenia in 20th Century Fox's Song of Bernadette (1943) and was a most impressive villainess in the 1946 Sherlock Holmes entry Dressed to Kill and the 1947 Tarzan opus Tarzan and the Huntress. Returning to Broadway in 1948, she starred in the original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, which led to further prestigious theatrical productions and innumerable television appearances. Her only regular TV-series work was as a glamorous lady psychiatrist on The Cases of Eddie Drake (1953). Patricia Morison's final screen appearance (outside of a fleeting guest spot in 1976's Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood) was as George Sand in the 1960 Franz Liszt biopic Song Without End.