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Patricia Morison

Biography

b. Ursula Eileen Patricia Augusta Fraser Morison, 19 March 1915, NEW YORK, NY, USA. Born right into a showbusiness family members, Morison’s dad was an professional and playwright, her mom a theatrical agent, she went to drama school and in addition examined dance under Martha Graham. She produced her Broadway debut in the first 30s and past due in the 10 years was agreed upon by Paramount Images. The stage displays where she made an appearance included BOTH Bouquets (1938), while among her movies were The Wonderful Scams (1939), One Evening In Lisbon (1941), Beyond The Blue Horizon (1942), The Fallen Sparrow, The Melody Of Bernadette (both 1943), Female On A Teach (1945), Dressed To Wipe out (1946) and Melody FROM THE Thin Man (1947). On the other hand, she had produced occasional return vacations to NY for shows such as for example Allah End up being Praised (1944), but with her film profession going nowhere because of being ensemble in indifferent movies, she made a decision to focus on Broadway and gained the leading function in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate (1948). As Lilli Vanessi/Katherine, she co-starred with Alfred Drake; music that she presented included ‘Wunderbar’, ‘Therefore In Appreciate’ and ‘I Hate Guys’. This present was not just a box-office achievement, it had been also an individual triumph for Morison. Thereafter, she was mainly seen over the stage, including overtaking as Anna in 1954 within the Ruler And I, with which creation she also toured. She and Drake reprised their assignments for the critically acclaimed NBC-TV creation of Kiss Me, Kate (1958). Morison produced some more films, including Melody Without End (1960) and Won Lot Ton, YOUR DOG Who Saved Hollywood (1976). She also produced looks in concert in to the 90s, performing the Porter tracks with which she was still most easily linked.

Quick Facts


Full Name Patricia Morison
Profession Actor, Singer
Education Art Students League of New York
Nationality American
Parents William Morison, Selena Morison
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs I Hate Men, Kiss Me, Kate, Kiss Me, Kate: We Open in Venice, Kiss Me Kate: Wunderbar, Act I: So In Love, Wunderbar, So in Love, Kiss Me Kate - So In Love With You Am I, I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple/Finale Kiss Me Kate, I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple, Kiss Me, Kate - A Musical Comedy. Act1: Wunderbar, Kiss Me, Kate - A Musical Comedy. Act 2: Finale. Kiss Me, Kate, Kiss Me Kate - I Hate Men, Kiss Me, Kate - A Musical Comedy. Act1: We Open in Venice, Kiss Me, Kate: Finale: Kiss Me, Kate, Singing a Song in Your Arms, Kiss Me, Kate: I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple, So in Love With You Am I, Medley: I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple / Finale: So Kiss Me Kate, Finale: Kiss Me, Kate, Kiss Me, Kate - A Musical Comedy. Act1: So in Love, Kiss Me, Kate - A Musical Comedy. Act1: I Hate Men, Act II: Always True To You, We Open In Venice, I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple/finale, Kiss Me, Kate: So In Love, Kiss Me, Kate - A Musical Comedy. Act 2: I Am Ashamed That Women Are so Simple, Kiss Me Kate - Wunderbar
Albums Kiss Me, Kate (1948 original Broadway cast)
Movies Queen of the Amazons, Dressed to Kill, The Song of Bernadette, The Fallen Sparrow, Tarzan and the Huntress, Song Without End, Persons in Hiding, Hitler's Madman, Song of the Thin Man, Calling Dr. Death, The Prince of Thieves, Rangers of Fortune, Romance of the Rio Grande, Are Husbands Necessary?, Night in New Orleans, Beyond the Blue Horizon, One Night in Lisbon, Untamed, Without Love, Silver Skates, Sofia, The Magnificent Fraud, The Roundup, I'm from Missouri, Wreckless, The Round Up, General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Return of Wildfire, Mirrors
TV Shows The Cases of Eddie Drake


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#Fact
1 Major supporter of gay rights.
2 Has a full mezzo-soprano vocal range.
3 She has the distinction of being the last villain encountered by Sherlock Holmes in the classic Universal series.
4 Paramount promoted her with the line "Lamour plus Lamarr equals LaMorison.".
5 When "Song without End" George Cukor thought Morison's voice as George Sand was too feminine, he had it redubbed with another actress.
6 Had a very promising role in the classic Victor Mature/Richard Widmark crime thriller Kiss of Death (1947) as Mature's Italian wife who is raped and later commits suicide by putting her head in the kitchen gas oven. The censors cut her part out completely because they refused to allow a rape or suicide to be shown. Patricia's name still appears on the credits of the film.
7 Served as Helen Hayes' understudy in the 1936 Broadway production of "Victoria Regina". She was never put on during the run, even when Hayes actually became ill. The theatre would simply close the show until the legendary star recovered.
8 Was the actress with the longest hair in Hollywood (39 inches long). Universal pushed her as a 'rival' to Dorothy Lamour when she changed her hairstyle to a middle parting


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kiss Me, Kate 1958 TV Movie Lilli Vanessi (Kate)
Lux Video Theatre 1953-1957 TV Series Lady Maude / Mrs. Carrington
Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers 1957 TV Series Tara
Schlitz Playhouse 1956 TV Series Jennifer Mauldron
Screen Directors Playhouse 1956 TV Series Vivienne Monet
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie Anna Leonowens (segment 'King and I')
Four Star Playhouse 1953 TV Series Charlotte / Elena
The Jackie Gleason Show 1952 TV Series Guest Vocalist
Celanese Theatre 1952 TV Series
The Cases of Eddie Drake 1952 TV Series Dr. Karen Gayle
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1951 TV Series
Nash Airflyte Theatre 1950 TV Series Angelina
Musical Comedy Time 1950 TV Series Rio Rita
Robert Montgomery Presents 1950 TV Series
Sofia 1948 Magda Onescu
The Return of Wildfire 1948 Pat Marlowe
The Walls of Jericho 1948 Mrs. Landon (uncredited)
The Prince of Thieves 1948 Lady Marian Claire
Song of the Thin Man 1947 Phyllis Talbin
Tarzan and the Huntress 1947 Tanya Rawlins
Queen of the Amazons 1947 Jean Preston
Danger Woman 1946 Eve Ruppert
Dressed to Kill 1946 Mrs. Hilda Courtney
Lady on a Train 1945 Joyce Willams
Without Love 1945 Edwina Collins
The Song of Bernadette 1943 Empress Eugenie
Calling Dr. Death 1943 Stella Madden
Where Are Your Children? 1943 Linda Woodford
The Fallen Sparrow 1943 Barby Taviton
Hitler's Madman 1943 Jarmilla Hanka
Silver Skates 1943 Claire Thomas
Night in New Orleans 1942 Ethel Abbott
Beyond the Blue Horizon 1942 Sylvia
Are Husbands Necessary? 1942 Myra Ponsonby
One Night in Lisbon 1941 Gerry Houston
The Roundup 1941 Janet Allen (Payson)
Romance of the Rio Grande 1941 Rosita
Rangers of Fortune 1940 Sharon McCloud
Untamed 1940 Alverna Easter
The Magnificent Fraud 1939 Claire Hill
I'm from Missouri 1939 Mrs. Allison 'Rowe' Hamilton
Persons in Hiding 1939 Dorothy Bronson
Wreckless 1935 Short Mary Jane
The Long Day Closes 1992 Amy (as Patricia Morrison)
Gabriel's Fire 1991 TV Series Miss Margaret Fairchild
Cheers 1989 TV Series Mrs. Ridgeway
Mirrors 1985 TV Movie Mrs. Rome
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976 Star at Screening
Directions 1964 TV Series
Racing Fever 1964 Waitress (as Patricia Morrison)
Kiss Me Kate 1964 TV Movie Lilli Vanessi
The United States Steel Hour 1963 TV Series
Song Without End 1960 Georges Sand
Have Gun - Will Travel 1958 TV Series Victoria Vestris / Desdemona

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brows Held High 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Great Performances 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie performer: "Getting to Know You"
Silver Skates 1943 performer: "A Girl Like You, a Boy Like Me" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary filming Herself
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself / Katharine (in 'Kiss Me Kate')
Norwegian Actresses in Hollywood 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 1995-2003 TV Series documentary Herself - Actress / Herself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Herself
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Herself
A TV Dante 1989 TV Mini-Series Herself - Talking-head
The 25th Annual Tony Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1963 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
Here's Hollywood 1960 TV Series Herself
The Voice of Firestone 1959 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Opening Night 1953 TV Series Herself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1952 TV Series Herself (Honeymooners Sketch)
The Ezio Pinza Show 1952 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952 TV Series Herself - Singer
Cavalcade of Stars 1951 TV Series Herself
College of Musical Knowledge 1950 TV Series Herself
TV Club 1950 TV Series documentary Herself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1950 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1950 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949 TV Series Herself, Singer
Texaco Star Theatre 1949 TV Series Herself - Singer
Meet the Stars #8: Stars Past and Present 1941 Documentary short Herself
Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play 1941 Documentary short Herself
Meet the Stars #1: Chinese Garden Festival 1940 Documentary short Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 2003 TV Series
The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes 1985 Video documentary Mrs. Hilda Courtney
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music 1985 TV Movie documentary Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1949 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Most Outstanding Television Personality


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#Quote
1 I was fitted for costumes in The Glass Key with Alan Ladd when I was told by the studio boss, Buddy De Sylva, that Veronica Lake would do the part. He said I could stick around and play heavies. I said no! I over-ate my way out of the Paramount contract.
2 I used to think every night before I went on stage, a lot of people think of the audience as one mass, but it's not -- it's all individual people. And that's why I love the theatere... And I always feel that if in some way you can touch somebody, either touch them emotionally, or if it's a young person who wants to be an actor, touch them so he or she, too, wants to be an actor...it's so worthwhile. I've enjoyed everything I've done in life.

#Trademark
1 Her long hair

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