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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.


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Born:
Nov 22, 1875 In Savannah, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
102
First Appeared:
In the movie The Return of Peter Grimm 1926-12-07
Latest Project:
Series Johnny Staccato 1959-09-10
Known For
Poster of Almost Married
Poster of Anne of Windy Poplars
Poster of Old Hutch

Elizabeth Patterson Movies Filmography

Series
Johnny Staccato
Unknown 1959-09-10
Movie
The Oregon Trail
Maria Cooper 1959-08-31
Series
New York Confidential
Unknown 1959-01-01
Series
77 Sunset Strip
Unknown 1958-10-10
Series
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie
Pal Joey
Mrs. Casey 1957-10-25
Series
The Adventures of Jim Bowie
Unknown 1956-09-07
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Aunt Polly 1955-09-01
Movie
Las Vegas Shakedown
Mary Raff 1955-05-15
Series
Climax!
Unknown 1954-10-07
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Washington Story
Miss Dee 1952-07-01
Series
Adventures of Superman
Unknown 1952-09-19
Series
Cavalcade of America
Unknown 1952-10-01
Series
I Love Lucy
Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie
Katie Did It
Aunt Priscilla Wakely 1951-04-01
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
Bright Leaf
Tabitha Singleton 1950-07-02
Movie
Intruder in the Dust
Miss Eunice Habersham 1949-11-22
Movie
Song of Surrender
Mrs. Beecham 1949-10-27
Movie
Little Women
Hannah 1949-04-01
Movie
Miss Tatlock's Millions
Cora 1948-11-19
Movie
Welcome Stranger
Mrs. Gilley 1947-06-13
Movie
Out of the Blue
Miss Spring 1947-04-21
Movie
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
Catherine Dennison 1947-01-04
Movie
Colonel Effingham's Raid
1946-01-01
Movie
I've Always Loved You
Mrs. Sompter 1946-12-02
Movie
The Secret Heart
Mrs. Stover 1946-12-25
Movie
Lady on a Train
Aunt Charlotte Waring 1945-08-03
Movie
Together Again
Jessie 1944-12-23
Movie
Hail the Conquering Hero
Martha - Libby's Aunt 1944-08-09
Movie
Follow the Boys
Annie 1944-05-05
Movie
The Sky's the Limit
Mrs. Fisher 1943-07-13
Movie
Her Cardboard Lover
Eva 1942-06-01
Movie
Almost Married
Aunt Matilda Manning 1942-05-22
Movie
The Vanishing Virginian
Grandma 1942-02-01
Movie
Beyond the Blue Horizon
Mrs. Daly 1942-06-25
Movie
My Sister Eileen
Grandma Sherwood 1942-09-24
Movie
Lucky Legs
Annabelle Dinwiddie 1942-10-01
Movie
I Married a Witch
Margaret 1942-10-30
Movie
Belle Starr
Sarah 1941-09-12
Movie
Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Aunt Lily Lou Bethany 1941-08-01
Movie
Tobacco Road
Ada Lester 1941-02-20
Movie
Michael Shayne: Private Detective
Aunt Olivia 1940-12-19
Movie
Who Killed Aunt Maggie?
Maggie Ambler 1940-11-01
Movie
Anne of Windy Poplars
Rebecca 1940-06-28
Movie
Earthbound
Becky Tilden 1940-06-06
Movie
Adventure in Diamonds
Nellie 1940-03-08
Movie
Remember the Night
Aunt Emma 1940-01-01
Movie
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Aunt Blanche 1939-03-29
Movie
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Mrs. MacGregor 1939-04-04
Movie
Bad Little Angel
Mrs. Perkins 1939-10-27
Movie
Bulldog Drummond's Bride
Aunt Blanche 1939-07-12
Movie
The Cat and the Canary
Aunt Susan 1939-11-10
Movie
Our Leading Citizen
Aunt Tillie 1939-08-23
Movie
Sons of the Legion
Grandmother Lee 1938-09-18
Movie
Sing, You Sinners
Mrs. Daisy Beebe aka Mother Beebe 1938-09-02
Movie
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Aunt Hedwige 1938-03-18
Movie
Bulldog Drummond's Peril
Aunt Blanche 1938-03-18
Movie
Scandal Street
Ada Smith 1938-02-11
Movie
Night Club Scandal
Mrs. Elvira Ward 1937-11-11
Movie
Hold 'Em Navy
Grandma Holland 1937-11-04
Movie
High, Wide, and Handsome
Grandma Cortlandt 1937-07-21
Movie
Night of Mystery
Dr. Von Blon 1937-05-21
Movie
Small Town Girl
Ma Brannan 1936-04-10
Movie
Her Master's Voice
Mrs. Ellie Martin 1936-01-17
Movie
Go West Young Man
Aunt Kate Barnaby 1936-11-18
Movie
The Return of Sophie Lang
Araminta Sedley 1936-06-18
Movie
Old Hutch
Sarah Hutchins 1936-09-25
Movie
So Red the Rose
Mary Cherry 1935-12-20
Movie
Men Without Names
Aunt Ella 1935-06-29
Movie
Chasing Yesterday
Mlle. Prefere 1935-05-02
Movie
Hide-Out
'Ma' Miller 1934-08-24
Movie
Infernal Machine
Elinor's Aunt 1933-01-01
Movie
The Story of Temple Drake
Aunt Jennie 1933-05-06
Movie
Hold Your Man
Miss Tuttle 1933-06-30
Movie
Secret of the Blue Room
Mary the cook 1933-07-20
Movie
Dinner at Eight
Miss Copeland 1933-08-29
Movie
Doctor Bull
Aunt Patricia Banning 1933-09-22
Movie
Golden Harvest
Lydia 1933-09-21
Movie
Miss Pinkerton
Juliet Mitchell 1932-06-30
Movie
The Expert
Miss Crackenwald 1932-03-05
Movie
So Big!
Mrs. Tebbit (uncredited) 1932-04-30
Movie
New Morals For Old
Aunty Doe 1932-06-04
Movie
Man Wanted
Miss Harper 1932-04-23
Movie
Guilty as Hell
Elvira Ward 1932-08-05
Movie
Love Me Tonight
First Aunt 1932-08-18
Movie
A Bill of Divorcement
Aunt Hester Fairfield 1932-09-30
Movie
They Call It Sin
Mrs. Cullen 1932-11-05
Movie
Boo
Susan (edited from "The Cat Creeps") 1932-12-01
Movie
No Man of Her Own
Mrs. Randall 1932-12-30
Movie
Heaven on Earth
Vergie 1931-12-01
Movie
Penrod and Sam
Schoolteacher 1931-10-03
Movie
The Smiling Lieutenant
Baroness Von Schwedel 1931-08-01
Movie
Daddy Long Legs
Mrs. Lippett 1931-06-05
Movie
Tarnished Lady
Mrs. Courtney 1931-05-01
Movie
The Cat Creeps
Susan 1930-11-10
Movie
The Lone Star Ranger
Sarah Martin 1930-01-05
Movie
South Sea Rose
Sarah 1929-12-09
Movie
Words and Music
Dean Crockett 1929-08-18
Movie
The Return of Peter Grimm
Mrs. Bartholomey 1926-12-07