Legendary actress, Gail Patrick, was born Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick on Jun 20, 1911 in Birmingham, AL. Patrick died at the age of 69 on Jul 6, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA .
Gail Patrick appeared in over 60 films from 1932 through 1948. With a 'straight face', honey-textured voice and hard-as-nails persona, she was often cast as aristocratic types, villainesses, or the other woman.
Patrick was studying pre-law at the University of Alabama when she became a finalist in Paramount's nationwide contest search to find an actress to play the 'Panther Woman" in Island of Lost Souls (1932). Although Patrick ultimately lost to Kathleen Burke, Paramount offered her a studio contract at $50 a week, which she managed to increase to $75 a week.
Patrick retired from acting in 1948 but returned to the industry in 1957 as co-producer on the Perry Mason television series (1957ÃÂÃÂ1966) along with third husband Thomas Cornwell Jackson who was Mason-creator Erle Stanley Gardner's literary agent.
Some of Patrick's memorable roles include Bianca Bates (Cary Grant's second wife) in My Favorite Wife (1940), Cornelia Bullock (Carole Lombard's spoiled sister) in My Man Godfrey (1936), and Linda Shaw (Ginger Rogers' rival) in Stage Door (1937).(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).
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Patrick was never nominated for an Academy Award.
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Godfrey: You want me to tell you what I REALLY think of you?
Cornelia Bullock: Please do.
Godfrey: As Smith or as a butler?
Cornelia Bullock: Choose your own weapon.
Godfrey: You won't hold it against me?
Cornelia Bullock: It's your day off.
Godfrey: Very well. You belong to that unfortunate category that I would call the "Park Avenue brat". A spoiled child who's grown up in ease and luxury... who's always had her own way... and who's misdirected energies are so childish that they hardly deserve the comment, even of a butler on his off Thursday.
Cornelia Bullock: [hurt and angry] Thank you for a very lovely portrait.
Lady at Theatre: Gwen, you were marvellous.
Gwen Taylor: Oh, thank you very much.
Bianca Bates: In the name of heaven, tell me. What's wrong with me?
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