|Born||Patience Mather Cleveland
May 23, 1931
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 27, 2004
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, diarist|
Cleveland was born in New York City, the youngest of six siblings, to an old established New Hampshire family, where she was raised. Her parents were Dr. Mather Cleveland, M.D. and his wife, Susan Colgate Cleveland. Her father authored New Hampshire and the Civil War and The Orthopedic Service at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, 1859-1968. Her family has longstanding ties to Colby-Sawyer College, where the family papers, including her own, are archived.
Cleveland wrote a children's book, The Lion Is Busy, which was published in 1963.
She made appearances in many television shows, including Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, That's Life, The Drew Carey Show, Angel, ER, along with voice acting in other shows such as Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, as well as many television commercials. She acted in several feature films, including playing the reclusive Roberta Sparrow, also known as "Grandma Death", in the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko.
|1978||Rabbit Test||First Dancing Lady||n/a|
|1986||Psycho III||Sister Margaret||n/a|
|1986||The Whoopee Boys||Wedding Guest||n/a|
|1989||Nowhere to Run||Grandma Franklin||n/a|
|2000||Get Your Stuff||Lillian||n/a|
|2001||Donnie Darko||Roberta Sparrow / Grandma Death||n/a|
|2002||Taking the Wheel||The Mother||n/a|
- Patience Cleveland archives at Colby-Sawyer College
- Cleveland's diaries ("A Day in the Life")
- Cleveland, Patience (1963). The Lion Is Busy. New York: Atlantis Books. OCLC 003906665.
- California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 [available online at ancestry.com]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: State of California. California Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
- Photos of Patience Cleveland from the Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives at Colby–Sawyer College
- Patience Cleveland's diaries by Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives
- Patience Cleveland at the Internet Movie Database