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Patricia Paz Maria Medina (19 July 1919 – 28 April 2012) was an English actress. Her father (Ramón Medina Nebot was from the Canary Islands) was Spanish and her mother was English. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, Medina began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s. She worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, whereupon she left her native land for Hollywood.
In 1950's Fortunes of Captain Blood, she teamed with British actor, Louis Hayward. She and Hayward subsequently appeared together in 1951's The Lady and the Bandit, Lady in the Iron Mask and Captain Pirate from 1952.
Darkly beautiful, Medina was often typecast in period melodramas such as The Black Knight. Two of her more notable films were William Witney's Stranger at My Door and Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin, based on episodes of the radio series The Adventures of Harry Lime, itself derived from The Third Man film.
Although prolific during the early 1950s, her film career faded away by the end of the decade. In 1958, she performed in four episodes as Margarita Cortazar on Walt Disney's ABC series, Zorro. In 1958, she also appeared as "The Lady" Diana Coulter in Richard Boone's CBS western series, Have Gun, Will Travel. She was then cast in an episode of Darren McGavin's NBC western series, Riverboat. In 1960, she was cast as different characters in two episodes ("Fair Game" and "The Earl of Durango") of the ABC western series, The Rebel. Medina also made television appearances on Perry Mason ("The Case of the Lucky Loser", 27 September 1958); Bonanza ("The Spanish Grant", 6 February 1960), Thriller ("The Premature Burial", 1961) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ("See the Monkey Dance", 9 November 1964).
In 1968, she returned to the big screen in Robert Aldrich's adaptation of the lesbian-themed drama, The Killing of Sister George.
Medina and her husband, American actor Joseph Cotten, toured together in several plays and on Broadway in the murder mystery Calculated Risk.
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Patricia Paz Maria Medina
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Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Patricia Paz Maria Medina (19 July 1919 – 28 April 2012) was an English actress. Her father Ramón Medina Nebot was Spanish from the Canary Islands, and her mother was English. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, Medina began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s. She worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s and left England for Hollywood.
Ramón Medina Nebot
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Patricia Medina (I) (1919–2012)
Date of Birth 19 July 1919, West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire [now in Merseyside], England, UK
Date of Death 28 April 2012, Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name Patricia Paz Maria Medina
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and an English mother. She began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, where she left for Hollywood. Medina teamed up with British actor Louis Hayward and they appeared together in Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950), The Lady and the Bandit (1951), Lady in the Iron Mask (1952) and Captain Pirate (1952). Voluptuous and exotic-looking, Medina was often typecast in period melodramas such as The Black Knight (1954). Two of her more notable films were William Witney's Stranger at My Door (1956) and Orson Welles' Confidential Report (1955), a follow-up of The Third Man (1949), based on the radio series "The Lives of Harry Lime". Although prolific during the early 1950s, her film career faded away by the end of the decade.
Medina appeared as Margarita Cortazar in four episodes of Walt Disney's Zorro (1957), and as Diana Coulter in two episodes of Richard Boone's Have Gun - Will Travel (1957). She returned to the screen in Robert Aldrich's adaptation of the lesbian-themed drama The Killing of Sister George (1968). She and her husband, American actor Joseph Cotten, toured together in several plays and on Broadway in the murder mystery "Calculated Risk". Her appearances on television include episodes of Bonanza (1959) titled "The Spanish Grant" and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) titled "See the Monkey Dance". She also appeared as Harriet Balfour in an episode of Perry Mason (1957) titled "The Case of the Lucky Loser", and as Lucia Belmont in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) titled "The Foxes and Hounds Affair".
Patricia Medina retired from acting in 1978 after 40 years in the motion picture industry. She died at age 92 of natural causes on April 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. She was interred at Blandford Cemetary in Petersburg, Virginia beside her second husband Joseph Cotten.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs
Joseph Cotten (20 October 1960 - 6 February 1994) (his death)
Richard Greene (24 December 1941 - 25 June 1951) (divorced)
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Natural brunette hair
Seductive deep voice
Classy yet impassioned demeanor
Owed her exotic looks and British demeanor to her Spanish father and English mother.
Made her Broadway debut in 1962 with "Calculated Risks" opposite her second husband Joseph Cotten.
Her acting strength was hardly ever tested, stuck mostly in high-flying adventures as assorted feisty love interests and damsels to rescue.
Had appeared with Louis Hayward in four films: Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950), The Lady and the Bandit (1951), Lady in the Iron Mask (1952) and Captain Pirate (1952).
Had appeared with Francis L. Sullivan in four films: The Avengers (1942), Plunder of the Sun (1953), Sangaree (1953) and Drums of Tahiti (1954).
She died at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian Park, Los Angeles. She was interred at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia, beside her husband, Joseph Cotten.
Began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s.
Retired from acting in 1978 after 40 years in the motion picture industry; resided in Los Angeles, California until her death.
She and husband Joseph Cotten were both staunch Republicans and personal friends with Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.
Was a naturalized citizen of the United States.
In an interview shortly before her death, she said the main reason she took the role of the stepmother, in Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961), is because she would finally be playing a villain. Up to the point, she was known for her "good girl" roles.
During the making of Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961), Patricia Medina and Carol Heiss reportedly did not get on in real life with Heiss doing her utmost to get Medina fired.
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[on working with Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)] He was a perfect gentleman, and so helpful to somebody who hadn't done very much acting. He'd ad-lib out of habit--he just couldn't help it. He certainly didn't do it to throw you, and if he did throw you, he was terribly apologetic and sweet. The only thing was, it was very difficult to look him in the eye without breaking up--he had that angelic face. He was a naughty little Peter Pan, he never grew up. And although he was a child, you can't be that great a performer without being a true sophisticate. And he was that. Many children are most sophisticated, and Lou was a very sophisticated child. I thought he was the greatest comedian I had ever seen. (Quoted in Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, by Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo.)
Active - 1937 - 1975 | Born - Jul 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England | Died - Apr 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA | Genres - Adventure, Drama, Action, Comedy, Western
Biography by Hal Erickson
In British films from her teens, actress Patricia Medina came to Hollywood in the company of her first husband, actor Richard Greene, in 1946. Invited to film a screen test at MGM by studio president Louis B. Mayer, the raven-haired actress was signed to a contract -- then promptly ignored when Mayer left the studio on an extended business trip. Spending much of her MGM contract on loan-out, Medina appeared in 20th Century-Fox's Moss Rose (1948) and The Foxes of Harrow (1948), and at Universal in Francis (1950) and Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950). With the 1951 Columbia quickie The Magic Carpet, Medina established herself as the queen of the "B" costume pictures. One of her more worthwhile film assignments was as a femme fatale in Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin (1955). She was also an impressive wicked queen in Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961), and surprisingly adept at portraying a predatory lesbian in The Killing of Sister George (1968). On television, Medina guest-starred on such series as Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Man From UNCLE, usually as black-widow villainesses. Patricia Medina is the widow of actor Joseph Cotten, whom she married in 1960.
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