Pat Silver-Lasky

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Pat Silver-Lasky
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Born Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Other names Barbara Hayden
Pat Silver
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, writer
Years active 1948–present
Spouse(s) Tony Romano (1946–?)
Jesse Lasky Jr. (1959–1988)
Peter Betts (1997 - present)

Pat Silver-Lasky is an American actress, screenwriter, and writer, mostly known for her collaborations with her second husband Jesse Lasky Jr.



Early years[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington, Pat attended the University of Washington as a Drama Major, Stanford University and Reed College - where she produced and directed their first play. Pat worked in films and TV as actress Barbara Hayden.[1] When Barbara Hayden played the lead in an episode of 'Rescue 8' in Hollywood and then went on to write three more episodes, she took the pen name, Pat Silver.

Collaborations with Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.[edit]

Pat Silver-Lasky wrote four books with her second husband Jesse, including the American best seller historical novel, The Offer, 8 films, nearly 100 TV scripts, including the award winning "Explorers" series ("Ten Who Dared" in the United States). Their verse play, "Ghost Town" won several awards in the US. In 1984 and 1986 their TV series "Philip Marlowe, Private Eye" won three awards in the USA and in the Netherlands.

In 1987 Pat and Jesse wrote the play "Vivien" based on their book, Love Scene, the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Pat directed its highly acclaimed first production at the Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles (1987) and directed the London Rehearsed Reading of 'VIVIEN' in 1992.

Solo Work[edit]

Pat produced, wrote, directed, and acted in the first live TV drama series from Hollywood: "Mabel's Fables", for KTLA (Paramount Pictures), which received an Emmy nomination. She also appeared in feature roles in films and played leading and co-starring roles on television, and directed for the theatre in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

As an ASCAP writer, she wrote lyrics for 14 published and recorded songs, including "While You're Young" for Johnny Mathis' album, "Portrait of Johnny". She wrote the lyrics for two films at Columbia Studios.

Pat served as a Story Editor on the second MARLOWE series (see credits). Pat has written articles and interviews, contributed to various British antique journals and written short stories for international magazines including a 1999 series of romantic short stories for "A World of Romance".

Pat has lectured on script writing at several American universities, was script consultant and guest lecturer at the London International Film School for eight years until 1999.

Personal life[edit]

In 1946 Pat married the composer, singer, and guitarist Tony Romano[2] with whom she has a son, famous producer, arranger, and guitarist Richard Niles.,[3] and a daughter, Lisa Hayden Miller, a singer, restaurateur, chef and cookery book writer, author of Galley Guru.[4] In 1959 Pat Silver married the Hollywood screen writer and author, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., son of the film pioneer Jesse Lasky, whose company, the Jesse Lasky Feature Play Company, produced the first full-length motion picture in Hollywood, "The Squaw Man". Jesse Lasky Jr. died in 1988. In 1995 Pat Silver-Lasky met British cartoonist Peter Betts, known as Peeby, and they married in 1997.[4] They lived in London but moved to Orange County, California in 2009.[5]

List of Credits[edit]

As actress[edit]

  • "The Crimson Kimono"(1959) - Mother
  • "Have Gun – Will Travel", episode "The Man Who Lost" (1959) - Mrs. Bryson
  • "Rescue 8", episode "Find That Bomb!" (1958) - Kit Shocky
  • "A Perilous Journey" (1953) - Cathy
  • "The Loves of Carmen" (1948) (uncredited) - Woman on Stagecoach


"A Star Called Wormwood" (c) 2015

"The Offer (4th edition)" (c) 2015

  • Ride The Tiger, pub.Ouroborus Books 2010
  • Screenwriting for the 21st Century
  • Men of Mystery
  • Dark Dimensions
  • Love Scene
  • The Offer

Theatre Productions[edit]

  • Ghost Town
  • Gehenna of the Bone (London)
  • Vivien

Feature Films[edit]

Television Series[edit]

  • Mabel's Fables
  • Shannon (3)
  • Paladin (2)
  • The New Breed (7)
  • The Saint (3)
  • The Baron (2)
  • Danger Man (aka Secret Agent) (4)
  • The Avengers (3)
  • The Protectors (4)
  • BBC Musical Specials (5)
  • Space: 1999 (2)
  • The Swinging Scene (ITV Musical Series, 6)
  • Ben Hall (BBC Australia, 2)
  • The World of Lowell Thomas (43 documentaries BBC/USA)
  • The Explorers (BBC/USA 2, BAFTA Docu-Drama award)
  • Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (Head Writer/Story Editor LWT/HBO/Paragon, Edgar Allan Poe Award, TV Guide 'Best New Series')
  • Love at First Sight (Arena/Telecip Fr./Italy./UK)

Television Films[edit]

  • Ernest Hemingway & Alfred Nobel (Chatsworth Prize Winner's Series)
  • Paint Me a Murder (orig. MOW Fox/Hammer)


  1. ^ [1] Pat Silver-Lasky biography at official website
  2. ^ [2] Tony Romano IMDB Biographical information
  3. ^ [3] Richard Niles biography at official website
  4. ^ a b [4] Link at Pat Silver-Lasky official website
  5. ^

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