Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth Patterson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mary Elizabeth Patterson (November 22, 1874 – January 31, 1966) was an American theatre, film, and television character actress who gained popular recognition late in her career playing the elderly neighbor Matilda Trumbull on the television comedy series I Love Lucy. In 1926, at the age of 51, Patterson was cast in her first movie, a silent film, The Boy Friend. Transitioning successfully into the era of "talkies", she remained a very busy actress in Hollywood throughout the 1930s, averaging more than five films a year during that decade, usually in supporting roles. A few of her screen credits at that time include Tarnished Lady; Husband's Holiday; A Bill of Divorcement; So Big!; The Story of Temple Drake; Hold Your Man; Dinner at Eight; High, Wide, and Handsome; and No Man of Her Own. She also appeared in the role of Susan in two adaptations of John Willard's popular play The Cat and the Canary: The Cat Creeps in 1930 and The Cat and the Canary in 1939. Patterson continued to perform frequently in the 1940s, when she was cast in more than 30 additional films. Among her notable roles is her 1949 portrayal of the heroic character Eunice Habersham in the groundbreaking racial crime drama Intruder in the Dust, a film based on the William Faulkner novel of the same name and set in the Deep South. Although she would appear in a few more feature films in the 1950s, such as Washington Story and Pal Joey, Patterson by then began to focus her work increasingly on roles in the rapidly expanding medium of television. In 1952, at the age of 77, Patterson made her first appearance on the hit CBS-TV sitcom I Love Lucy in the episode "The Marriage License". Her character on I Love Lucy proved to be so popular among viewers, as well as useful to the writers of the series, that she continued in the role for three more years, often serving in episode storylines as a convenient babysitter for "Little Ricky". Prior to, during, and after her work on I Love Lucy, Patterson appeared in many other American television series during the 1950s and early 1960s. Her first credited performance on the "small screen" was in March 1950 in "The Walking Stick", a teleplay on the NBC anthology series The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre. During the 11 years after that initial televised performance to her final role on television in 1961, she portrayed characters in a variety of other series, including Pulitzer Prize Playhouse, Studio One in Hollywood, General Electric Theater, Stage 7, Lux Video Theatre, Crossroads, The Star and the Story, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Adventures of Superman, New York Confidential, 77 Sunset Strip, Johnny Stacatto, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Playhouse 90, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, and The New Breed. Patterson, who never married, lived at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during her 35-year film and television career.. On January 31, 1966, she died at age 91 in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. Her gravesite is in Savannah Cemetery in her hometown in Tennessee.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Savannah, Tennessee, USA
    Birthday
    11/21/1874
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My Sister Eileen
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6.5
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Remember the Night
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Hail the Conquering Hero
7
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No Man of Her Own
6.5
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Little Women
7.4
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The Sky's the Limit
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7.1
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The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
6
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6.6
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6.9
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High, Wide and Handsome
6
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5.3
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5.6
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5.9
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4.9
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5.1
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6.2
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8.5
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6.6
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Anne of Windy Poplars
5.8
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5.7
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Las Vegas Shakedown
5.2
I've Always Loved You
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6.4
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Adventure in Diamonds
5.2
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5.7
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6
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The Expert
6.3
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4.3
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Sons of the Legion
5
Night of Mystery
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0
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6
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4.2
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4
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Kiss the Boys Goodbye
5
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So Red the Rose
6
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3.5
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4.7
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Guilty as Hell
5.5
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5.8
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6.8
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Hold Your Man
6.1
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Old Hutch
0
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Penrod and Sam
6
The Dancing Town
The Dancing Town
6
The Boy Friend
The Boy Friend
0
Earthbound
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4.8
Words and Music
Words and Music
0
The Return of Peter Grimm
The Return of Peter Grimm
0
Miss Tatlock's Millions
Miss Tatlock's Millions
5.8
Heaven on Earth
Heaven on Earth
3
Men Without Names
Men Without Names
6
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Her Master's Voice
6
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
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6.1
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4
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Our Leading Citizen
0
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Beyond the Blue Horizon
0
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5.5
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4.9
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Hold 'Em Navy
3
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0
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6.8
Song of Surrender
Song of Surrender
0
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Sing, You Sinners
6.7
Secret of the Blue Room
Secret of the Blue Room
5.4
Katie Did It
Katie Did It
6
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Lucky Legs
0
The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail
5.3
Doctor Bull
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6.6
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
4.2
Colonel Effingham's Raid
Colonel Effingham's Raid
5.7
Infernal Machine
Infernal Machine
0
Golden Harvest
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5
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The Vanishing Virginian
6
Scandal Street
Scandal Street
0
So Big!
So Big!
5.8
The Lone Star Ranger
The Lone Star Ranger
5
The Cat Creeps
The Cat Creeps
6
The Smiling Lieutenant
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6.9
Little Women: Meg's Story
Little Women: Meg's Story
0
Little Women: Jo's Story
Little Women: Jo's Story
0
They Just Had to Get Married
They Just Had to Get Married
0
Three Lives
Three Lives
0
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Husband's Holiday
0
Harmony at Home
Harmony at Home
0
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Portrait of a Murderer
9
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