Patricia Quinn

Patricia Quinn


5/28/1944, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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Patricia Quinn is best known for originating the role of Magenta the maid in 1973 cult stage musical The Rocky Horror Show (and in the subsequent 1975 film version known as The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Previous to this, she had bit parts in low-budget 1970s British films-…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Patricia can be heard singing on both the The Rocky Horror Show: Original London Cast Recording (on which she also sings 'Science Fiction Double Feature') and the official soundtrack to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    • Patricia recorded a DVD commentary track for the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show along with Richard O'Brien.

    • Patricia is also known as 'Lady Stephens', as she is the widow of acclaimed actor Sir Robert Stephens (who died in 1995). She was not knighted herself but is a 'lady' by virtue of being married to a knight.

    • In April 2007, Patricia joined singer Patrick Wolf at his London concert to sing the finale song 'Accident And Emergency' with him.

    • Patricia was interviewed for a book entitled Rocky Horror: From Concept To Cult by Scott Michaels & David Evans.

    • A short play written by Alison Carr entitled Patricia Quinn Saved My Life was performed at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival.

    • On May 3, 2006, Patricia performed at the special concert-style Rocky Horror Tribute Show, held to celebrate fifty years of the Royal Court Theatre and also in aid of Amnesty International.

    • On May 28, 1998, Patricia took the role of the Usherette for the Rocky Horror Show 25th Anniversary Night.

    • On July 5, 1994, Patricia took the roles of the Usherette and Magenta for the Rocky Horror 21st Anniversary night.

    • Patricia appeared at the 1992, 1994 and 1999 Rocky Horror conventions organised by TimeWarp, the official UK Rocky Horror fanclub.

    • Before attending drama school in 1963, Patricia spent three months working as a Playboy bunny in the London club.

    • The iconic lips that open The Rocky Horror Picture Show are Patricia's- however it is Richard O'Brien who sings the song 'Science Fiction, Double Feature'.

    • Her nephew, Johnny Quinn, is the drummer for band Snow Patrol.

  • Quotes

    • Patricia Quinn: Can I explain the success of Rocky? ... Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. That would seem to be it.

    • Patricia Quinn: I've never been able to understand why all of the Magentas I've seen at later productions of the show were so plump. And why do they all identify with me? The reply from everyone was that they couldn't afford Columbia's sequins! They could afford the maid's frock.

    • Patricia Quinn: People don't realise that, even though Rocky was only an hour and twenty minutes, you really had to get out there and work. It's like going to a party every night. You can't do it half-arsed. It's not like a Noel Coward comedy, sitting with teacups in a drawing room. It was physically quite grueling.