Elizabeth Patterson (actress)


Elizabeth Patterson (actress)

Infobox actor
name = Elizabeth Patterson (actress)
birthdate = birth date|1875|11|22|mf=y
birthplace = Savannah, Tennessee, U.S.
deathdate = death date and age|1966|1|31|1875|11|22|mf=y
deathplace = Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Elizabeth Patterson (November 22, 1875January 31, 1966) was an American film and television character actress remembered 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 judge in Hardin County. Her interest in drama was 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 repertory companies. In 1913, she made her Broadway debut in the play "Everyman". She remained active in New York City theatre 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 peace who 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 Hotel during her thirty-year motion picture career. She died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at the age of 90. She is buried in her hometown of Savannah.

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NAME= Patterson, Elizabeth
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Actor
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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