Luana Patten

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Luana Patten
Luana Patten.jpg
Born(1938-07-06)July 6, 1938
DiedMay 1, 1996(1996-05-01) (aged 57)
Years active1946–1968; 1988
Ronny Huntley
(m. 1954; div. 1959)

John Smith
(m. 1960; div. 1964)

Jerry D. Mays
(m. 1970; div. 1973)

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

Early years[edit]

Patten was born in Long Beach, California,[1] to Harvey T. Patten and Alma (née Miller) Patten, natives of Enid, Oklahoma.[citation needed] She attended Burbank High School and Hollywood Professional School.[1]


At the age of 3 she was a young model and later was hired by Walt Disney.[2] Patten made her first film appearance in the 1946 musical Song of the South[1] 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. When she grew up, she played the role of Priscilla Lapham in Disney's 1957 live-action feature 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.


Patten died from respiratory failure at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, aged 57.[3] She is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach, California.[4]


Title Year Role Notes
Song of the South 1946 Virginia "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
Shoot Out 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. ^ a b c "Meet Luana Patten, Starred at Tender Age". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. February 23, 1957. p. 14. Retrieved 29 December 2018 – via
  2. ^ Song of the South Interview on YouTube
  3. ^ Oliver, Myrna (May 7, 1996). "Luana Patten; Actress Began in Disney Films". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 18. Retrieved 29 December 2018 – via
  4. ^ Notice of death of Luana Patten,; accessed April 18, 2015.

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