Neva Patterson

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Neva Patterson
Patterson in 1969
Born(1920-02-10)February 10, 1920
Near Nevada, Iowa, U.S.
Died December 14, 2010(2010-12-14) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–1992
Spouse(s) Thomas Gallagher (m. unknown date; div. 1948)
Michael Ellis
(m. 1953;div. 1956)

James Lee
(m. 1957;d. 2002)
Children 2

Neva Louise Patterson [1] (February 10, 1920 – December 14, 2010) was an American actress.


Born on a farm near Nevada, Iowa, the daughter of a mailman and a seamstress, Patterson and her parents moved to New York City in 1938. She made her Broadway debut in 1947's The Druid Circle. In 1952, she played Helen Sherman in The Seven Year Itch . Her first feature movie was Taxi (1953). Other film credits include The Buddy Holly Story , All of Me (1984), and An Affair to Remember (1957).

Patterson's television credits included Nichols , in which she played a cantankerous elderly matriarch, Cagney and Lacey , in which she played Muriel Lacey, The Governor & J.J. , and as Eleanor Dupres in V , which she reprised in V: The Final Battle . She made guest appearances on Appointment with Adventure , The Defenders , Ben Casey , Maude , Ironside , Charlie's Angels , Barnaby Jones , The Dukes of Hazzard , The Waltons , The Rockford Files , and St. Elsewhere .

On December 14, 2010, Patterson died from complications from a broken hip at age 90. [2]



  1. "Neva Patterson dies at 90; actress played Cary Grant's fiancee in 'An Affair to Remember'", Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2010.
  2. Neva Patterson, Actress in ‘Affair to Remember’, Dies at 90,, December 17, 2010.