Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Place of Death
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Cause of Death
Profile Bio Text
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Ellis became interested in acting at a young age, much due to her being the step-daughter to actor Alexander Leftwich. In 1932 she had two bit parts, both uncredited, in the films Three on a Match and Central Park. That same year she was one of fourteen girls chosen as WAMPAS Baby Stars. Ellis, at 16, was the youngest. The others selected that year included future Hollywood legends Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart, the latter of which starred in the more recent 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Her first credited role was the following year, in the 1933 film The Kings Vacation, starring George Arliss. With that film, her career took off, with her working steadily, starring mostly in lower budget B-movies, but still having her working steadily. She would have roles in eight films in 1933, and another seven in 1934. She started 1935 off with A Night at the Ritz, in which she had the lead female role, opposite William Gargan. She would star in seven films that year, and another seven in 1936.
Starring alongside some of Hollywood`s biggest names, to include James Cagney, Ricardo Cortez, and Bela Lugosi, Ellis` career was at its peak by 1937. Most of her roles were in comedy films, with some also being mysteries or crime drama, and by 1936 almost all her roles had her playing the lead. She would star in five films that year, then only three in 1938, and two in 1939.
Unlike many actresses of the day, whose careers just ended because they stopped receiving roles, Patricia Ellis was at her height and on a steady climb, but slowed her own career by choice. She chose to retire by 1941, choosing to marry a successful businessman from Kansas City, Missouri named George T. O`Malley. Ellis left Hollywood behind her, and settled into life raising a family in Kansas City. She was the aunt to actor D. David Morin, a supporting role actor who has starred in mostly television series episodes, including roles on Northern Exposure and CSI: Miami. His mother Marty Morin was Ellis` sister.
Patricia Ellis remained married to O`Malley for the remainder of her life. She died young, of cancer at 53, on March 26th, 1970, in Kansas City.
Full Name at Birth
Claim to Fame
WAMPAS Baby Star of 1932
Alexander Leftwich (step father)
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Patricia Ellis (May 20, 1916 – March 26, 1970) was an American film actress of the 1930s.
Wiki Bio Text
Date of Birth 20 May 1916, Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 26 March 1970, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (cancer)
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Patricia Ellis called herself "the Queen of B pictures at Warner Brothers". With only three years of theatrical experience in New York under her belt, she started in films in 1932. Alongside other ladies considered to have potential (such as Ginger Rogers and Mary Carlisle), Patricia was selected as a WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) baby star. Within a few years she had worked her way up from juvenile supporting roles to second leads, averaging seven films a year. By 1937, she was given starring roles in comedies and the occasional mystery or crime picture, with such co-stars as James Cagney, Adolphe Menjou, and Joe E. Brown. Reviewers called her "comely and spontaneous" in the baseball farce Elmer, the Great (1933) and "personable" in Here Comes the Groom (1934) co-starring Jack Haley and referred to her "blonde winsomeness" in Boulder Dam (1936).
The problem was that the majority of her screen roles were purely ornamental and the films themselves were, without exception, second features. Towards the end of her run, Patricia appeared in the 1937 English comedy 'The Gaiety Girls' (with Jack Hulbert and a young Googie Withers) and, against type, played a femme fatale in Fugitive at Large (1939). At the end of the decade she called it a day, leaving Hollywood, first to appear in "Louisiana Purchase" on Broadway and then to marry George T. O'Malley, future president of Protection Securities Systems in Kansas City.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis
George T. O'Malley (1940 - 26 March 1970) (her death)
Stepdaughter of actor and theatrical producer Alexander Leftwich.
Aunt of D. David Morin, sister of Marty Morin.
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