Neva Patterson

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Neva Patterson
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Patterson in 1969
Born(1920-02-10)February 10, 1920
Near Nevada, Iowa, U.S.
DiedDecember 14, 2010(2010-12-14) (aged 90)
Years active1949–1992
Spouse(s)Thomas Gallagher (m. unknown date; div. 1948)
Michael Ellis
(m. 1953;div. 1956)

James Lee
(m. 1957;died 2002)

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).

Nevada, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Nevada is a city in and the county seat of Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,798 in the 2010 census, an increase from 6,658 in the 2000 census. It is also part of the Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the larger Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area. Nine miles west of Nevada is Ames which is much larger in population. Nonetheless, Nevada is the county seat with all Story County offices located there. The city's name is pronounced differently from the state with the same name.

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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 .

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


<i>The Solid Gold Cadillac</i> 1956 film by Richard Quine

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  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.
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