Owens in 1958
January 17, 1925|
Golden, British Columbia, Canada
August 31, 2000 (aged 75)|
Lancaster, California, U.S.
Sy Bartlett (1956–1958)|
Jerome Nathanson (1960–1961) 1 child
John Austin (1969–1975)
|Children||Adam Nathanson (b. 1961)|
Patricia Molly Owens (January 17, 1925 – August 31, 2000) was a Canadian-born American actress, working in Hollywood. She appeared in about 40 films and 10 TV episodes in a career lasting from 1943 to 1968.
Owens moved to England in 1933 with her parents (her father Arthur Owens was later to become an MI5 double agent), and ten years later, at age 18, she made her motion-picture debut in Val Guest's musical comedy Miss London Ltd. The following year, she had a small role in Harold French's social satire English Without Tears. Her career continued in this manner for a few years, Owens getting ever-larger roles in movies.
Her career received a boost when she was seen by a 20th Century Fox executive while performing in a theatrical production of Sabrina Fair and was offered a screen test. The result was a contract with the studio and a move to Hollywood. Her first American film was Island in the Sun (1957), followed by No Down Payment, both for Fox, after which Owens was loaned out to Warner Bros. to play opposite Marlon Brando in the critically acclaimed drama Sayonara (1957).
Success in The Fly
Owens spent the rest of 1957 working mostly on loan-out, but it was a successful Fox production that secured her best known role—as Hélène Delambre, the wife of scientist André Delambre in The Fly (1958), co-starring with David Hedison and Vincent Price. Owens carried much of the film's narrative, which was largely told in flashback from her character's point of view.
Subsequent films never reached the same level of success as The Fly. She co-starred with Jeffrey Hunter and David Janssen in a 1960 war film, Hell to Eternity, then in 1961 appeared in the threadbare, backlot POW/jungle chase drama Seven Women from Hell. Owens made occasional television appearances, on series such as Perry Mason and Burke's Law, but these were relatively infrequent. Owens also starred in one of the 17 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents directed by Hitchcock himself, "The Crystal Trench" (1959).
By 1965, she was working in Black Spurs, one of producer A.C. Lyles' B-Westerns, renowned for their use of aging genre stars. Owens retired from movies after portraying Richard Egan's love interest in the low-budget espionage thriller The Destructors (1968). Her last professional appearance was in an episode of Lassie (1968).
- The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)
- Crow Hollow (1952)
- House of Blackmail (1953)
- Windfall (1955)
- Sayonara (1957)
- Island in the Sun (1957)
- No Down Payment (1957)
- The Fly (1958)
- The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
- The Gun Runners (1958)
- These Thousand Hills (1959)
- Five Gates to Hell (1959)
- Hell to Eternity (1960)
- X-15 (1961)
- Gunfight in Black Horse Canyon (1961)
- Seven Women from Hell (1961)
- Walk a Tightrope (1964)
- The Destructors (1968)
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