Gail Patrick

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Gail Patrick
Gail Patrick Argentinean Magazine corp.jpg
1939 studio publicity photograph
Born Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick
(1911-06-20)June 20, 1911
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died July 6, 1980(1980-07-06) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1932–1973
Spouse(s) Robert Howard Cobb (1936–40)
Arnold Dean White (1944–45)
Cornwell Jackson (1947–69)
John E. Velde Jr. (1974–80)
From Gallant Sons trailer

Gail Patrick (June 20, 1911 – July 6, 1980) was an American film actress and producer. 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 the executive producer of the Perry Mason television series (1957–1966).

She died from leukemia at age 69 in Los Angeles.

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