Job Actress
Years active 1932-1973
Known for Honey-textured voice and hard-as-nails persona; aristocratic types, villainesses, or the other woman
Top Roles Cornelia Bullock, Gwen Taylor, Linda Shaw, Marilyn Thomas, Bianca Bates
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Mystery, Crime, Musical
Top TopicsBook-Based, Screwball Comedy, Marriage
Top Collaborators (Director), , (Director), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Errol Flynn, Audie Murphy, Martin Landau  see more..

Gail Patrick Overview:

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 (1957–1966) 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).



Patrick was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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This is the third in the "Bitches and Blaggards" series; monthly posts devoted to my favorite movie bad girls and rogues. A bitch is a selfish, malicious woman. A blaggard is a villain, a rogue and a black-hearted man. Both are bad, both are devastatingly alluring. If a young, snooty ric... Read full article

Happy Birthday

By monty on Jun 20, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

A Happy Birthday to one of my top 5 favorite actresses of all time, (1911-1980) Gail appeared in three certified screwball comedy classics: My Man Godfrey (1936), Stage Door (1937) and My Favorite Wife (1940) among other things. And Dawn, you will like this, Gail along with her husband ... Read full article

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Gail Patrick Quotes:

Bianca Bates: In the name of heaven, tell me. What's wrong with me?

Cornelia Bullock: So Little Red Riding Hood didn't have enough feminine charm to trap a wolf her own age, so she falls in love with a butler and lives happily ever after on an ash pile. If you know what I mean.
Irene: I know what you mean, if you know what *I* mean.
Carlo: [entering the room] May I come in?
Cornelia Bullock: You're in, aren't you?
Carlo: Very interesting book. The Greeks of the Middle Ages.
Cornelia Bullock: Oh, Irene would like that. You love the middle ages, don't you, dear?

Lucy Stowell: [In reference to dimwitted black cook Creola] At least she can cook, which is more than you can say for most of them.

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Gail Patrick Facts
Gail Patrick's first husband, Robert Howard Cobb, was the owner of the famous Brown Derby Restaurant. Gail performed on stage with the Lux Radio Theater at the Music Box Theater (now the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater), which was just around the corner on Hollywood Blvd. After 1938, she only had to walk across the street when the show moved to the CBS Radio Theater (now the Ricardo Montalban Theater) on Vine Street. Mr. Cobb is immortalized as the inventor of the Cobb Salad.

She gave birth prematurely to a set of twins during her second marriage - they died shortly after birth.

Was a diabetic.

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