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|Born||Patricia Ellen Russo
August 21, 1945
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Bob Catania (1967–1973)|
Patricia "Patty" McCormack (born August 21, 1945) is an American actress with a career in theater, films and television.
She achieved critical acclaim on Broadway as a child actress in Maxwell Anderson's shocking psychological drama The Bad Seed, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Mervyn LeRoy's classic film adaptation in 1956. Her acting career has continued with both starring and supporting roles in film and television, including Helen Keller in the original Playhouse 90 production of The Miracle Worker and a more recent performance as Pat Nixon in Frost/Nixon (2008).
Life and career
McCormack was born Patricia Ellen Russo in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Elizabeth (née McCormack), a professional roller skater, and Frank Russo, a fireman. She attended New Utrecht H.S. She is an aunt of fellow actor and New York City lawmaker Alfred Cerullo.
She was a child model at the age of four and began appearing on television at the age of seven. She made her motion picture debut in Two Gals and a Guy (1951) and appeared in the television series Mama with Peggy Wood from 1953 to 1956.
Her Broadway debut was in Touchstone (1953), and the following year she created the iconic role of Rhoda Penmark, an eight-year-old sociopath and fledgling serial killer, in the original stage version of Maxwell Anderson's The Bad Seed (1954) with Nancy Kelly. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film version, The Bad Seed (1956). She created the role of Helen Keller in the original 1957 Playhouse 90 production of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker (play) opposite Teresa Wright.
Also in 1957, she was cast by Orson Welles in his film of Don Quixote, but filming had to be abandoned for budgetary reasons, and was never fully completed. When a version was edited together in 1992, some years after Welles's death, it did not include any of McCormack's scenes even though they had been central to the framing of the plot. She had the role of a pampered child star in the 1958 comedy Kathy O' and recorded the title song for Dot Records.
McCormack briefly starred in her own series, Peck's Bad Girl with Marsha Hunt and Wendell Corey in 1959, and had a leading role in MGM's remake of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Eddie Hodges.
In the early 1960s, she starred in a series of popular teenage delinquent films including The Explosive Generation with William Shatner and The Young Runaways. In 1962, she portrayed Julie Cannon in the episode "Incident of the Wolvers" on CBS's Rawhide.
She married restaurateur Bob Catania in 1967, and they had two children before their marriage was dissolved. After a half-dozen teen roles during the 1960s, her film career declined but she continued to work in television. In 1970 she played Linda Warren on the soap opera The Best of Everything. She guest starred on The Streets of San Francisco, Season 2, episode Blockade. She also portrayed a San Francisco paramedic on the season 7 1 1/2 hour Emergency! films What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing...? and The Convention. She resumed her cinema career with Bug in 1975.
She had recurring roles in popular television series, including The Ropers, Dallas, Murder, She Wrote and The Sopranos. When Kathryn Hays left the CBS soap opera As the World Turns for an extended period of time, McCormack took Hays' role until she returned.
McCormack continues to work regularly and she co-starred in the 2012 series Have You Met Miss Jones?. Her most recent film appearance is in the 2014 release Chicanery and she guest-starred in a 2013 episode of the series Heart of Dixie.
In addition to her Oscar nomination, McCormack also received a Golden Globe nomination for The Bad Seed. In 1956, she received the Milky Way "Gold Star Award" as the most outstanding juvenile performer.
McCormack was a guest for the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention where her films were screened, and she received an award during the closing ceremonies.
- Two Gals and a Guy (1951)
- Here Comes the Groom (1951) (uncredited)
- The Bad Seed (1956)
- The Miracle Worker (1957)
- The Snow Queen (1957) (voice in 1959 English version)
- All Mine to Give (1957)
- Don Quixote (1957) (unfinished film)
- Kathy O' (1958)
- Escuela de verano (1959)
- Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, episode "Make Me Not a Witch"
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
- Route 66, season 1, episode 1 "Black November" (1960)
- The Explosive Generation (1961)
- Jacktown (1962)
- The New Breed (1962)
- Maryjane (1968)
- The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968)
- The Young Animals (1968)
- The Young Runaways (1968)
- Bug (1975)
- The Awakening of Cassie (1982)
- Night Partners (1983)
- Invitation to Hell (1984)
- Private Road: No Trespassing (1987)
- Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988)
- The Flamingo Kid (1984)
- Mommy (1995)
- Mommy's Day (1997) (aka Mommy 2: Mommy's Day)
- Silent Predators (1999)
- The Silencing (2000)
- The Medicine Show (2001)
- Acceptable Risk (2001)
- Choosing Matthias (2001)
- The Kiss (2003)
- The Silvergleam Whistle
- Inhabited (2003)
- Target (2004)
- Shallow Ground (2004)
- Cold Case (2004)
- Gone, But Not Forgotten (2004)
- Mystery Woman: Snapshot (2005)
- Heart of the Beholder (2005)
- Criminal Minds (2005) - Marcia Gordon
- Seth (2006)
- In the Wall (2007)
- Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! (2007)
- Frost/Nixon (2008)
- A Christmas Proposal (2008)
- Private Practice (2009)
- Desperate Housewives (2010)
- The Elevator Girl (2010)
- Soda Springs (2012)
- Supernatural (2012)
- The Master (2012)
- Scandal (2012)
- Have You Met Miss Jones? (2012-2013)
- Hart of Dixie (2013)
- Buttwhistle (2014)
- Chicanery (2014)
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