Patty (Peanuts)

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Not to be confused with Peppermint Patty.
Patty (Peanuts)
First appearance October 2, 1950
Last appearance April 17, 1995
Voiced by Karen Mendelson (1963, 1965)
Lisa DeFaria (1966-1969)
Lynn Vanderlip (1966)
Sally Dryer (1969)
Linda Ercoli (1972-1975)
Lynn Mortensen (1974)
Linda Jenner (1974)
Roseline Rubens (1980)
Angela Lee (1983)
Stacy Ferguson (1984-1986)
Lindsay Sloane (1990) (Possibly)
Deanna Tello (1992)
Kaitlyn Maggio (2003)
Jolean Wejbe (2006)
Leigh Bourke (2008-2009)
Ciara Bravo (2011)
Information
Gender Female
Family unknown

Patty is a character in the comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz (often confused with Peppermint Patty, a different and later character from the same strip). Her closest friend is Violet. The two appeared very early — Patty even appeared in the first strip, along with Charlie Brown and Shermy — but lacking the distinguishing characteristics of characters such as Lucy, Linus, or Sally, she became less prominent as years went by.

As the only female character in the strip's very earliest days, Patty often acted as a sort of mother-hen, looking out for the younger characters; however, she also set the tone for the strong female characters in the Peanuts universe. In her (and the strip's) second appearance, Patty is shown walking down the sidewalk reciting "Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice." She then punches Charlie Brown in the face and, without missing a beat, continues, "That's what little girls are made of!"

Patty's name was first mentioned on October 26, 1950, 24 days after her first appearance. She was apparently the oldest child in the strip (possibly along with Violet and Shermy), as she attended school when Charlie Brown did not (strip of September 18, 1951). Eventually, she, along with Violet, became best known for their social snobbery and combined cruelty to Charlie Brown, although Violet was generally the more dominant of the two. Patty is also known for asking "Pig-Pen" why he is constantly so dirty.

Patty's hair color is light brown (sometimes red, or blonde) and she customarily wears a checked dress with a matching bow in her hair, usually coloured orange. Patty had a major part in the original version of the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as the early animated Peanuts television specials. In fact like most Peanuts characters, Patty has appeared in numerous Peanuts television specials throughout the years, as well as all four movies, although she becomes a minor character after the 1960s.

Although Patty — or at least unnamed girls who bear a strong resemblance to her — would make cameo appearances throughout the run of Peanuts, she had disappeared as a featured character by the mid-1970s, but she continued making cameo appearances as late as the 90's. Her last appearance was on November 27, 1997. Schulz claimed he drew Patty in the March 2, 1994 strip in which she wants Snoopy to chase rabbits with her (a role previously usually taken by Frieda), although some fans have stated that the girl in the strip in question does not resemble Patty. Some have postulated that Patty's doom was sealed by the appearance of the similarly named Peppermint Patty in 1966, but others say her character was already in decline by then. Her most recent appearance to this date was in the television special Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown in which she was voiced by Ciara Bravo.

Patty's birthday is November 4. She plays outfield on Charlie Brown's baseball team; though on an early occasion she was seen as catcher before Schroeder was introduced. Interestingly, it was Patty who first introduced Charlie Brown to Schroeder, claiming he lived next-door to her.

Portrayals[edit]

Patty was one of the featured characters in the original 1967 off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (played by Karen Johnson), but by the time the show was revived on Broadway in the late 1990s, Patty's character was replaced by Sally, since Patty had ceased making regular appearances in the strip decades earlier.