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1939 studio publicity photograph
|Born||Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick
June 20, 1911
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||July 6, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Howard Cobb (1936–40)
Arnold Dean White (1944–45)
Cornwell Jackson (1947–69)
John E. Velde Jr. (1974–80)
Gail Patrick (June 20, 1911 – July 6, 1980) was an American film actress. Elegant, ironic, sophisticated, cold and calculating is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick's femmes on the 1930s and '40s silver screen. She was characterized by a rather unique beauty: She was tall, dark-haired, with long, thin arched eyebrows.
Born Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick, Gail Patrick appeared in 62 movies between 1932 and 1948, usually as the leading lady's extremely formidable rival. Some of these roles include the second wife in My Favorite Wife (1940) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant; Anna May Wong's sophisticated competitor in Dangerous to Know (1938); Carole Lombard's spoiled sister in My Man Godfrey (1936); and Linda Shaw, Ginger Rogers' rival in Stage Door (1937). Her patrician bearing and luminous beauty also led to her being cast as the lead in films such as James Whale's Wives Under Suspicion (1938) and Robert Florey's Disbarred (1939).
In 1947, she did an abrupt about-face and left her highly respectable career following her third marriage.
Patrick retired from acting in films in 1948. Later, with her third husband Thomas Cornwell Jackson, she became a producer of the Perry Mason television series (1957–1966).
She died from leukemia at age 69 in Los Angeles.
- Murders in the Zoo (1933)
- To the Last Man (1933) with Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, Buster Crabbe, and Noah Beery, Sr.
- The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934)
- Wagon Wheels (1934) with Randolph Scott
- Rumba (1935) with George Raft and Carole Lombard
- Mississippi (1935) with Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, and Joan Bennett
- No More Ladies (1935) with Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, and Charlie Ruggles
- Two in the Dark (1936) with Alan Hale, Sr.
- The Preview Murder Mystery (1936) with Reginald Denny and Frances Drake
- My Man Godfrey (1936) directed by Gregory LaCava with William Powell and Carole Lombard
- Stage Door (1937) directed by Gregory LaCava with Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers
- King of Alcatraz (1938) with Lloyd Nolan, Harry Carey, and Robert Preston
- Mad About Music (1938) with Deanna Durbin and William Frawley
- Dangerous to Know (1938) directed by Robert Florey with Anna May Wong
- Wives Under Suspicion (1938) directed by James Whale with Warren William and Frank Morgan
- Disbarred (1939) directed by Robert Florey with Robert Preston
- Man of Conquest (1939) with Richard Dix as Sam Houston and Joan Fontaine
- Reno (1939) with Richard Dix
- The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) with Loretta Young and Ray Milland
- My Favorite Wife (1940) directed by Garson Kanin with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant
- Love Crazy (1941) with William Powell and Myrna Loy
- Kathleen (1941) with Shirley Temple, Herbert Marshall and Laraine Day
- Quiet Please, Murder (1942) with George Sanders
- Hit Parade of 1943 (1942)
- Women in Bondage (1943) with Nancy Kelly
- Up in Mabel's Room (1944)
- Brewster's Millions (1945)
- Twice Blessed (1945) with Preston Foster and Lee and Lyn Wilde
- Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
- Calendar Girl (1947)
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