Luana Patten

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Luana Patten
Luana Patten.jpg
Born (1938-07-06)July 6, 1938
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Died May 1, 1996(1996-05-01) (aged 57)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946–1968; 1988
Spouse(s) Ronny Huntley (1954–1959) (divorced)
John Smith (1960–1964) (divorced)
Jerry D. Mays (1970–1973) (divorced)

Luana Patten (July 6, 1938 – May 1, 1996) was an American film actress.


Luana Patten was born in Long Beach, California to Harvey T. Patten and Alma (née Miller) Patten, natives of Enid, Oklahoma. At the age of 3 she was a young model and later was hired by Walt Disney.[1] Patten made her first film appearance in the 1946 musical Song of the South with Bobby Driscoll. They also appeared together in Song of the South's sister film So Dear to My Heart.

She appeared again with Bobby Driscoll in the Pecos Bill segment of Disney's Melody Time. In 1947, she appeared with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd during the live action scenes in Fun and Fancy Free. She played the role of Priscilla Lapham in Disney's 1957 production of Johnny Tremain. In 1958, Patten played the part of Elizabeth Buckley in the episode "Twelve Guns" of NBC's Cimarron City western television series. It was on Cimarron City that she met her future second husband, John Smith, whom she married two years later. The couple divorced in 1964.

In 1959, she played "Abbie Fenton" in the episode "Call Your Shot" of Wanted: Dead of Alive, starring Steve McQueen and the same year played "Ruth" in "The Ruth Marshall Story" season 3, episode 13 of Wagon Train that aired Dec 30, 1959. In 1960, she played "Libby Halstead" in Vincente Minnelli's Home from the Hill. In 1966, she played a saloon girl named "Lorna Medford" in the episode "Credit for a Kill" of Bonanza. In 1966, she had a small part as Nora White, the new bride of the reformed "Whitey" played by Kurt Russell, in Follow Me, Boys!. She also appeared in Fun and Fancy Free, A Thunder of Drums, and the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Druid Curse" on CBS. That year she also appeared on Perry Mason as defendant Cynthia Perkins in "The Case of the Scarlet Scandal". She retired from the film industry in 1968 except for a brief cameo in the 1988 film Grotesque.


Luana Patten died from respiratory failure in her home at Long Beach, California, aged 57. She is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach, California.[2]


Title Year Role Notes
Song of the South 1946 Ginny Favers
Little Mister Jim 1947 Missey Choosey Glenson
Fun and Fancy Free 1947 Herself
Melody Time 1948 Herself
So Dear to My Heart 1948 Tildy
Rock, Pretty Baby 1956 Joan Wright
Johnny Tremain 1957 Priscilla Lapham
Joe Dakota 1957 Jody Weaver
The Restless Years 1958 Polly Fisher
The Young Captives 1959 Ann Howel
Home from the Hill 1960 Libby Halstead
The Music Box Kid 1960 Margaret Shaw
Go Naked in the World 1961 Yvonne Stratton
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come 1961 Melissa Turner
A Thunder of Drums 1961 Tracey Hamilton
Shootout at Big Sag 1962 Hannah Hawker
Follow Me, Boys! 1966 Nora White
They Ran for Their Lives 1968 Barbara Collins
Grotesque 1988 Old Lady (final film role)


  1. ^ Song of the South Interview on YouTube
  2. ^ Notice of death of Luana Patten,; accessed April 18, 2015.

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