“Lamour plus Lamarr equals LaMorison.” That is how Paramount launched beautiful dark haired and exotic Patricia Morison (1915-) to audiences. Unfortunately they never really utilised her fully and within a decade Hollywood’s “Fire and Ice Girl” had left the screen to enjoy her most enduring success. Born in NYC the daughter of two feisty Irish parents. Her mother was in the British Intelligence in WWI and her father a sometime actor and playwright. Morison had intended to paint and use a scholarship to Paris. Instead bitten by the acting bug she would study acting at one time with legendary Martha Graham. Finding modest success on Broadway including being Hayes unused understudy in “Victoria Regina” she was discovered in the musical “The Two Bouquets” by a Paramount scout and her film career began in the B “Persons in Hiding.” During the new 3 years with officially the longest Rapunzel-like hair in Hollywood, she would work with Burns, MacMurray, Milland, Hayden and Foster without a major hit and increasingly as the second lead vamp to Carol in “One Night in Lisbon”, “Are Husbands Necessary?” with Field and Lamour in “Beyond the Blue Horizon.” Leaving Paramount when she was replaced by Lake in “The Glass Key”, as a freelance it was more of the same. Second lead and often the bad girl in “The Fallen Sparrow”, Tracy and Hepburn’s “Without Love”, “Lady on a Train”, a beautiful Empress Eugenie briefly in “The Song of Bernadette”, the star of B’s “Tarzan and the Huntress”, or a Sherlock Holmes or Nick and Nora Charles instalment. After enduring the loss of a juicy role in “Kiss of Death” left on the cutting room floor, it was when singing for Cole Porter that he knew immediately he had found his fiery Lilli Vanessi. Starring with Drake in the smash “Kiss Me Kate”, Porter’s greatest success also became Morison’s as she introduced the standards “So In Love”, “Wonderbar” and “I Hate Men.” Making the stage her home with another triumph as Anna Leonowens replacing an ailing Lawrence in “The King and I” with Brynner on Broadway. It was a loss for Hollywood who never exploited this great and versatile talent, but not for Broadway audiences. More than just “fire and ice.”
“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.” - P.M. 🥂🎭 ⚜️ Happy 103rd Birthday Patricia Morison #PatriciaMorison
🌈Happy 103rd Birthday🌿 Patricia Morison!🌷✨🌿🌟March 19, 1915 🌟🌿✨She achieved her greatest success as the lead in the original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate✨The Song of Bernadette (1943), as Empress Eugenie✨The Fallen Sparrow (1943), as Barby Taviton✨Without Love (1945), as Edwina Collins✨Song of the Thin Man (1947), as Phyllis Talbin 🌷 Eileen Patricia Augusta Fraser Morison is a retired American stage and film actress and mezzo-soprano singer. She made her feature film debut in 1939 after several years on the stage. She was lauded as a beauty with large eyes and extremely long, dark hair. During this period of her career, she was often cast as the femme fatale or "other woman". 🌷 She made her feature film debut in the "B" film Persons in Hiding (1939). Also in 1939, Paramount considered her for the role of Isobel in their adventure film Beau Geste, starring Gary Cooper and Ray Milland, but she was replaced by Susan Hayward. The following year she appeared opposite Milland in the Technicolor romance Untamed, a remake of the Clara Bow vehicle, Man Trap (1926).
Patricia Morison (102), Norman Lloyd (103) and Connie Sawyer (almost 105) in 2015 to The Hollywood Reporter. Patrícia is the only of them that is retired. Connie is the oldest Academy Awards member. Renée Simonot, mother of Catherine Deneuve, is The oldest actress in the world (I think). She is 106 year old.
Eileen Patricia Augusta Fraser Morison (born March 19, 1915) is a retired American stage and film actress and mezzo-soprano singer. She made her feature film debut in 1939 after several years on the stage. She was lauded as a beauty with large eyes and extremely long, dark hair. During this period of her career, she was often cast as the femme fatale or "other woman". It was only when she returned to the Broadway stage that she achieved her greatest success as the lead in the original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate.
She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she celebrated her 100th birthday on March 19, 2015. #patriciamorison
Since the devastating loss of many screen icons I'll be posting pictures of actor from the golden age who are still alive.
Starting with this picture of Patricia Morison c. 1939.
She is still living today at age 101, born March 19, 1915.
Calling Dr.Death 1943. The first of the Universal Pictures Inner Sanctum mystery films. The "Inner Sanctum" franchise originated with a popular radio series and all of the films star Lon Chaney, Jr.. The movie stars Chaney, Jr. and Patricia Morison, and was directed by Reginald Le Borg. Chaney, Jr. plays a neurologist, Dr. Mark Steele, who loses memory of the past few days after learning that his wife has been brutally murdered. Aware of his wife's infidelity and believing he could be the killer, Steele asks his office nurse Stella Madden to help him recover his lost memories. #vintagemoviepostercollector#callingdrdeath#lonchaneyjr#jcarrolnaish#patriciamorison#universalstudios#lobbycard#innersanctummysteries
Kiss of Death will be shown as part of the 54th New York Film Festival! September 30 – October 16 Thank you so much to Victoria Mature for the information!
This year’s Retrospective section of the 54th New York Film Festival will feature a two-part lineup headlined and inspired by Bertrand Tavernier’s magnificent epic documentary My Journey Through French Cinema: in addition to that film, NYFF will screen a selection of French classics featured in the documentary and a 12-film exploration of one of Tavernier’s favorite American directors, Henry Hathaway. ... Additionally, in line with Tavernier’s passionate devotion to American cinema throughout his career, the Retrospective section will feature a selection of films by a director he has always greatly admired and championed, Henry Hathaway.
The 17-day New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16) highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Film Society Director of Programming Dennis Lim; Associate Director of Programming Florence Almozini; Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Artforum and Film Comment; and Gavin Smith, who serves as a consultant.
Kiss of Death
Directed by Henry Hathaway
USA, 1947, 98m
Hathaway was one of the first Hollywood filmmakers to make a practice of shooting on location—his environments are always integral to the life of the story. This 1947 film, about a jewel thief (Victor Mature) targeted by the mob when he cooperates with the DA, was shot all over New York, from the criminal courts building on Centre Street to the Bronx, and became one of the most influential of the postwar docudramas. Hathaway wanted a local hood named Harry the Hat to play the psychopathic killer Tommy Udo, but he was forced to work with a newcomer named Richard Widmark. They clashed in the beginning, and then cooperated on a truly terrifying character creation. A 20th Century-Fox release. #victormature#patriciamorison#kissofdeath#noir#filmnoir#richardwidmark#movie#henryhathaway