- Elizabeth Patterson (actress)
name = Elizabeth Patterson (actress)
birthdate = birth date|1875|11|22|mf=y
Savannah, Tennessee, U.S.
deathdate = death date and age|1966|1|31|1875|11|22|mf=y
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Elizabeth Patterson (
November 22, 1875– January 31, 1966) was an American film and television character actressremembered for her portrayal of elderly neighbor Matilda Trumbull on " I Love Lucy".
Patterson was born in
Savannah, Tennessee, the daughter of a Confederate soldier who later served as a judgein Hardin County. Her interest in dramawas enhanced by theatricals at colleges in Pulaski and Columbia. Her parents disapproved of a theatrical career and sent her to Europe to expose her to other interests, but after seeing the great French plays at the Comédie Française, Patterson returned to the States even more determined to be an actress.
Patterson used a small inheritance to move to
Chicago, where she joined a theatrical troupe, and subsequently toured with repertorycompanies. In 1913, she made her Broadway debut in the play "Everyman". She remained active in New York Citytheatre through 1954.
In 1926, at the age of 51, Patterson was cast in her first movie, "The Boy Friend". Additional screen credits include "
A Bill of Divorcement", "Dinner at Eight", " High, Wide, and Handsome", "Little Women", " My Sister Eileen", and "Pal Joey". Often cast as the maiden aunt or a scolding parent, Patterson livened up many a subpar film with her wonderful personality.
She considered "
Intruder in the Dust" (1949) to be her favorite role. As Miss Haversham, she played a resolute woman who helped thwart a lynching.
In 1952, at the age of 77, Patterson was cast as Mrs. Willoughby, the wife of the
Greenwich, Connecticut, justice of the peacewho marries Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, in an episode of "I Love Lucy". The following year she was tapped for the recurring role of Mrs. Trumbull, the lovable neighbor and Little Ricky's babysitter. She remained with the series for three years.
Never married, Patterson lived alone at the
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotelduring her thirty-year motion picture career. She died in Los Angelesof complications from pneumoniaat the age of 90. She is buried in her hometown of Savannah.
NAME= Patterson, Elizabeth
DATE OF BIRTH= 1875-11-22
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Savannah, Tennessee, United States
DATE OF DEATH= 1966-1-31
PLACE OF DEATH=
Los Angeles, California, United States
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