Patricia Broderick

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Patricia Broderick
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Patricia Biow

(1925-02-23)February 23, 1925
DiedNovember 18, 2003(2003-11-18) (aged 78)
Greenwich Village, New York, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, painter
Children3, including Matthew Broderick
Parent(s)Milton H. Biow
Sophie Taub Biow

Patricia Biow Broderick (née Biow; February 23, 1925 – November 18, 2003) was an American playwright and painter. She was the wife of actor James Broderick and the mother of actor Matthew Broderick.

Life and career[edit]

Broderick was born Patricia Biow in New York City, the daughter of Sophie (née Taub) (1895–1943) and Milton H. Biow (1892–1976), president of an advertising firm.[1][2][3] Her family were Jewish immigrants from Germany and Poland.[4][5][6][7] When she was 18, her mother died in 1943 at the age of 48. Her father died 33 years later. In Mexico, Broderick studied painting with Rufino Tamayo who had been her art teacher at the Dalton School in Manhattan.[citation needed] She began writing plays in the 1940s and several of them were performed in New York and London. Her 1996 film, Infinity, was based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.

Her paintings were displayed in several galleries in New York and across the country. Broderick's partner of her last six years was the painter John Wesley.[8] Broderick died of cancer on November 18, 2003, at her home in Greenwich Village, aged 78.


  1. ^ "Patricia Broderick, 78, artist, writer, mother of actor Matthew Broderick". 2003-12-02. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
  2. ^ "Mrs. Milton H. Biow, Child Welfare Head; Advertising Man's Wife Built War Evacuation Center". The New York Times. February 27, 1943. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Sophie Taub Biow". The Boston Globe. 1943-02-27. Retrieved 2013-06-23 – via
  4. ^ Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2005
  5. ^ Tom Tugend (16 December 2005). "Bialystock and Bloom Tell the Truth". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  6. ^ Bloom, Nate (December 7, 2017). "'Tis the season for the Goldbergs to face the 'December Dilemma'". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Excerpt: 'Stars of David : Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish' by Abigail Pogrebin". ABC News. December 26, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Patricia Broderick, 78, Writer and Painter", obituary in The New York Times (November 22, 2003)

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