Luana Patten

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Luana Patten
Luana Patten.jpg
Born (1938-07-06)July 6, 1938
Long Beach, California
Died May 1, 1998(1998-05-01) (aged 59)
Long Beach, California
Cause of death
Respiratory failure
Occupation Actress
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.


In Song of the South. Clockwise from left: Ginny (Luana Patten), Uncle Remus (James Baskett), Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) and Toby (Glenn Leedy)

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.[1] 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 1959, she played the role of Abbie Fenton in the episode "Call Your Shot" of CBS's Wanted: Dead of Alive, starring Steve McQueen.

In 1960, she played the role of Libby Halstead in Vincente Minnelli's melodrama Home from the Hill.

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.


Luana Patten died from respiratory failure in her home at Long Beach, California, aged 59. She is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach, California.[2]



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