Lorna Patterson

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Lorna Patterson
Born (1956-10-01) October 1, 1956 (age 62)
Years active1979–1993
Spouse(s)Robert Ginty
(m. 1983; div. 19??)
Michael Lembeck
(m. 1990)

Lorna Patterson (born October 1, 1956) is an American film, stage and television actress and, more recently, a Jewish cantor. As an actress, her best-known roles were as Randy, the singing stewardess, in Airplane!, and as the lead in the television series Private Benjamin.


Patterson was born in Whittier, California, where she attended Rio Hondo College for a single semester. Patterson began her professional career while still in high school, performing melodrama at The Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm.[1]


She is a founding member of the Musical Theatre Guild and has appeared in many stage musicals.[2]

She played Randy, the blonde stewardess in the 1980 comedy Airplane!. She co-starred with Tony Randall in the 1981 television pilot Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend. By the time this became the television series Love, Sidney, she had won the lead role in the 1981–1983 television version of the film Private Benjamin, so her Sidney Shorr role was played in Love, Sidney by Swoosie Kurtz. Earlier, she had been a regular on two short-lived series, Working Stiffs and Goodtime Girls.[3] She also played Liz Drever in 1984, in The Flying Doctors, episodes 2, 3 and 4, in Australia.

Patterson has also lent her voice to some animated productions including the TV series Timeless Tales from Hallmark, the direct to video film Joseph and his Brothers from The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, the English dub of the Japanese anime film Ultraman: The Adventure Begins and the Christmas special Nick and Noel.

Personal life[edit]

Patterson was married to actor Robert Ginty. (Patterson worked with Ginty's first wife, Francine Tacker in the 1980 series Goodtime Girls, which also starred a pre–Designing Women Annie Potts and Georgia Engel.) She is currently married to actor/director Michael Lembeck, and the couple have two children.

Patterson converted to Judaism a few years after marrying Lembeck, after having developed an interest in the religion and completing courses in the Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, a division of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University.[4][5] In 2009 she received her cantorial ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Working Stiffs Nikki Evashevsky Main cast (8 episodes)
1979 Lou Grant Girl Episode: "Samaritan"
1979 Beane's of Boston Shirley Brahms TV pilot episode
1979 The Lovebirds Janine Burley TV film
1980 Goodtime Girls Betty Crandall Main cast (13 episodes)
1980 Angie Sissy Episode: "Angie and Brad's Close Encounter"
1980 Airplane! Randy Feature film
1981–83 Private Benjamin Pvt. Judy Benjamin Main cast (39 episodes)
1981 Sidney Shor: A Girl's Best Friend Laurie Morgan TV film
1982 Airplane II: The Sequel Randy Feature film
1984 Hawaiian Heat Alexis Episode: "Yankees vs. the Cubs"
1984 The Impostor Julie TV film
1985 The Flying Doctors Liz Drever TV miniseries
1987 Ultraman: The Adventure Begins Dr. Susan Rand (voice) TV film
1987 Hotel Nancy Stanton Episode: "Revelations"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Edie Lorraine Episode: "The Search for Peter Kerry"
1990 Timeless Tales from Hallmark Episode: "Rumpelstiltzkin"
1990 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Episode: "Joseph and His Brothers"
1991 Major Dad Sgt. Tammi Rae Perkins Episode: "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Perky"
1993 Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's TV film
1993 Nick & Noel Leslie (voice) TV film


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