Patricia Cutts

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Patricia Cutts
Maximilian Schell Patricia Cutts Three Musketeers 1960.JPG
Cutts as Milady de Winter and Maximilian Schell as D'Artagnan in a 1960 television production of The Three Musketeers.
Born (1926-07-20)20 July 1926
London, England, UK
Died 6 September 1974(1974-09-06) (aged 48)
London, England
Cause of death
Suicide - Barbiturate Poisoning
Other names Pat Cutts
Patricia Wayne

Patricia Cutts (20 July 1926 – 6 September 1974)[1] was an English film and television actress.

Biography[edit]

Born in London, Cutts was the daughter of the writer-director Graham Cutts.[2] Her first roles were small parts in American films such as I Was a Male War Bride and The Man Who Loved Redheads and the television shows Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Perry Mason, where she played defendant Sylvia Oxman in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Dangerous Dowager," and murderer Ann Eldridge in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Bogus Buccaneers." She continued to work consistently in film and television on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the 1950s, including a small appearance in North by Northwest. As a young actress in 1951, she appeared on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life with football coach Jack Curtice as her co-contestant.[3] She was a regular panellist on the hit DuMont quiz Down You Go[4] and starred alongside Vincent Price in The Tingler. In 1958 she appeared in the film Merry Andrew as Letitia Fairchild, however in the 1960s, her screen appearances were restricted to guest spots on television shows such as The Lucy Show, Car 54, Where Are You?, Adventures in Paradise, and Playhouse 90.

Cutts (at left) with Ann Todd and Angela Lansbury from a 1959 Playhouse 90 production.

After several quiet years she returned to acting in the 1972 British television series Spyder's Web[5] before accepting the role of Blanche Hunt in the top rated ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 1974. It would have been her most high profile regular role to date. However, producers were shocked when, after appearing in only two episodes, Cutts was found dead at her London flat, aged 48. An inquest into her death produced a verdict of suicide by barbiturate poisoning.[4] The role of Blanche Hunt was taken over by Maggie Jones, who played the part until her own death on 2 December 2009.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cutts, Patricia at BFI
  2. ^ Black, Anita (1965-04-23). "If the Shoe Fits...". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  3. ^ AllegroMediaMovies. "Episode #28, Apr 15, 1951". You Bet Your Life. 13:34: NBC-TV. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Milestones", 23 Sep. 1974 TIME Magazine
  5. ^ Foster, Paul (1972-01-28). "Busy time for George (80)". Evening Times. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Maggie Jones". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 

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