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Blair in 1970
|Born||Patsy Lou Blake
January 15, 1933
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Died||September 9, 2013
North Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Patricia Blake
|Occupation||Film, television actress|
|Spouse(s)||Martin S. Colbert (m. 2-14-1965-divorced 2-4-1993)|
Patricia Blair (born Patsy Lou Blake; January 15, 1933 – September 9, 2013) was an American television and film actress, primarily on 1950s and 1960s television. She is probably best known as Lou Mallory on the classic ABC western series The Rifleman, in which she was cast in assorted roles in twenty-two episodes with Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford and Paul Fix; and as Rebecca Boone in all six seasons of NBC's Daniel Boone, with co-stars Fess Parker, Darby Hinton, Veronica Cartwright, and Ed Ames. Patricia married land developer Martin S. Colbert in Los Angeles, California, on 14 February 1965.
Patsy Lou Blake was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in Dallas. She became a teenage model through the Conover Agency. While acting in summer stock, Warner Bros. discovered her and she began acting in films under the names Patricia Blake and Pat Blake. In the late 1950s she appeared as the second female lead in several films for Warner Bros. and later for MGM. She had a recurring role as Goldy, one of Madame Francine's hostesses, on the 1958 TV series Yancy Derringer. In 1962, she starred as Lou Mallory in The Rifleman, replacing actress Joan Taylor as Chuck Connors' love interest on The Rifleman. In 1963 she made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as murderer Nicolai Wright in "The Case of the Badgered Brother." She also made guest television appearances on The Bob Cummings Show, Rescue 8, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Virginian, and Bonanza.
She had considered moving to New York City in 1964 when screenwriter Gordon Chase helped her get a role in the series Daniel Boone. She played wife Rebecca Boone, opposite Fess Parker for six seasons, with Darby Hinton as son Israel, Veronica Cartwright as daughter Jemima. After the show ended in 1970, she appeared in a few minor films and television spots. Her last appearance on film was as the Fashion Narrator in the 1979 hit motion picture The Electric Horseman. In later years she produced trade shows in New York and New Jersey.
- Jump Into Hell (1955)
- Crime Against Joe (1956)
- The Black Sleep (1956)
- City of Fear (1959)
- The Electric Horseman (1979)
- "The Dennis O'Keefe Show", 1 episode (10 May 1960)
- The Bob Cummings Show, 1 episode (1957)
- The Rifleman, 22 episodes (1958–1963)
- Tramp Ship, pilot (1961)
- The Virginian, 1 episode (1963)
- Perry Mason, 1 episode (1963)
- Bonanza, 1 episode (1964)
- Daniel Boone, 46 episodes (1964–1970)
- Obituary, New York Times, October 1, 2013.
- Patricia Blair at the Internet Movie Database
- Patricia Blair at Find a Grave
- Patricia Blair at AllRovi
- The Rifleman Episode Guide List
- Daniel Boone TV Episode Guide