Patricia Smith (actress)

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Patricia Smith
Patricia Smith 1956.JPG
Smith in 1956
Born Patricia Smith Lasell
February 20, 1930
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Died January 2, 2011(2011-01-02) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953–1997

Patricia Smith Lasell (February 20, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress who appeared in film and television roles from the early 1950s through the 1990s.

Career[edit]

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Smith appeared in a 1953 episode of Kraft Television Theater titled "A Room and a Half". A Neighborhood Playhouse alumna [1] and a life member of The Actors Studio,[2] Smith appeared in two films in 1957, The Bachelor Party with Don Murray and The Spirit of St. Louis with James Stewart.

She appeared primarily on television during the 1960s and 1970s, including the role of murderer Wanda Buren in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Candy Queen," and the role of Sylvia Bayles in The Twilight Zone episode Long Distance Call (Season 2 - episode 22); as Norma Bartlett in The Fugitive episode "Goodbye my Love" in 1967, and was the focus of Hawaii Five-O's second show of the first season (1968), "Full Fathom Five", playing detective Joyce Weber. Smith's character went undercover to capture a husband/wife serial killer team targeting rich widows. She also appeared in a 1975 episode of The Streets of San Francisco. Smith was a regular on the 1969-70 short-lived television sitcom The Debbie Reynolds Show playing Reynolds' sister Charlotte. She also had a recurring role on The Bob Newhart Show during its initial season (1972–1973), she played Jack Lemmon's wife in the 1973 feature film Save the Tiger, for which Lemmon won an Oscar. Smith continued to appear in supporting roles on television and in films through the late 1990s. She played Doctor Sara Kingsley in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unnatural Selection". Her final acting role was in the 1997 film Mad City starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.

Death[edit]

Smith, a diabetic for many years, died of heart failure on January 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituaries". The Los Angeles Times. January 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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