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July 6, 1938|
Long Beach, California
|Died||May 1, 1998
Long Beach, California
Cause of death
|Years active||1946–1968; 1988|
|Spouse(s)||Ronny Huntley (1954–1959) (divorced)
John Smith (1960–1964) (divorced)
Jerry D. Mays (1970–1973) (divorced)
Luana Patten (July 6, 1938 – May 1, 1998) was an American film actress.
Luana Patten was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Harvey T. Patten and the former Alma Miller. At the age of 3 she was a young model and later was hired by Walt Disney. Patten made her first film appearance in Joel Chandler Harris's 1946 musical Song of the South with Bobby Driscoll. They also appeared together in Song of the South's sister film So Dear to My Heart.
She appeared again with Bobby Driscoll in the Pecos Bill segment of Disney's Melody Time. In 1957 she also co-starred with Jock Mahoney in Joe Dakota. In 1947, she appeared with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd during the live action scenes in Fun and Fancy Free. She played the role of Priscilla Lapham in Disney's 1957 production of Johnny Tremain.
In 1958, Patten played the part of Elizabeth Buckley in the episode "Twelve Guns" of NBC's Cimarron City western television series. It was on Cimarron City that she met her future second husband, John Smith, whom she married two years later. The couple divorced in 1964.
In 1966, she played a saloon girl (Lorna Medford) in the episode "Credit for a Kill" of the TV series Bonanza.
In 1966, she had a small part as Nora White, the new bride of the reformed "Whitey" played by Kurt Russell, in Follow Me, Boys!. She also appeared in Fun and Fancy Free, A Thunder of Drums, and the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Druid Curse" on CBS. That year she also appeared on Perry Mason as defendant Cynthia Perkins in "The Case of the Scarlet Scandal."
She retired from the film industry in 1968, but returned twenty years later to make a cameo as an elderly woman in Grotesque.
- Song of the South (1946)
- Little Mister Jim (1947)
- Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
- Melody Time (1948)
- So Dear to My Heart (1948)
- Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)
- Johnny Tremain (1957)
- Joe Dakota (1957)
- The Restless Years (1958)
- The Young Captives (1959)
- Wagon Train - Ruth Marshall Story
- Home from the Hill (1960)
- The Music Box Kid (1960)
- Go Naked in the World (1961)
- The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1961)
- A Thunder of Drums (1961)
- Shoot Out at Big Sag (1962)
- Bonanza - Credit for a Kill (1966)
- Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
- They Ran for Their Lives (1968)
- Grotesque (1988)