Lee Patrick

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  • In the mid 1950 as Lee Patrick was aging her acting career suddenly blossomed. He geared herself toward comedy eccentrics and was a hit. At this time she was won the role of Henrietta Topper, the flighty, quivery-voiced wife of Leo G. Carroll on the popular ghostly sitcom "Topper" (1953). There would be other fun and fluttery turns in Pillow Talk (1959) and 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964).

  • Lee Patrick got an RKO contract in 1937 which lead to steady secondary film work. In the 1940’s she had became an invaluable Warner Brothers 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).

  • Lee Patrick was a popular presence in New York during the 1920s and early 1930s. She received such scene-stealing roles as "June Moon," "Little Women," "Blessed Event" and "Stage Door."

  • It was Lee Patrick’s father that got her interested in theater. He was an editor of a trade paper. She started off on the stock stage as a teen and debuted on Broadway in "The Green Beetle" in 1924.

  • Lee Patrick's only staring television role was in "Topper" as Henrietta Topper. All her other roles in television were guest roles.

  • Lee Patrick has acted opposite a variety of actors from Errol Flynn to Laurel and Hardy. Her career spans 25 years. Her most famous role was as Effie Perrine, Humphrey Bogart's ever-loving secretary, in The Maltese Falcon (1941).

  • Lee Patrick has been quoted as saying that she has "played them all: big sister, society matron, hooker, wisecracker, bubble dancer, nuthouse inmate, and even a song and dance girl."

  • In 1937 Lee Patrick lost her role in the reprise film version of Stage Door to Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers. Lee Patrick had made her film debut in 1929 but since that time had not appeared in a single film. RKO Studios were reluctant to allow an unknown actress to take a part in a film. Her disappointments continued when she was considered and then rejected for the lead role in Stella Dallas in favor of Barbara Stanwyck.

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