Patsy Ruth Miller
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|Patsy Ruth Miller|
January 17, 1904|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||July 16, 1995
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Tay Garnett (1929–1933)
John Lee Mahin (1937–1946)
Effingham Smith Deans (1951–1986)
She was born on January 17, 1904.
After being discovered by the actress Alla Nazimova at a Hollywood party, Patsy Ruth Miller got her first break with a small role in Camille, which starred Rudolph Valentino. Her roles gradually improved, and she was chosen as a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1922.
In the later part of the decade Miller appeared chiefly in light romantic comedies, opposite such actors as Clive Brook and Edward Everett Horton. Among her film credits in the late 1920s are Broken Hearts of Hollywood (1926), A Hero for a Night (1927), Hot Heels (1928), and The Aviator (1929).
She retired from films in 1931. She made a cameo appearance in the 1951 film Quebec, which starred John Barrymore Jr., and stated in her autobiography that she had participated as a joke. She came out of retirement to do the film Mother in 1978.
Miller was married three times, the first two ended in divorce. Her first husband was film director Tay Garnett and the second was screenwriter John Lee Mahin. Her third husband, businessman E.S. Deans, died in 1986. The frequent news about her love life once earned Miller the sobriquet the most engaged girl in Hollywood.
Patsy came out of retirement to co-star with Coleen Gray in Mother (1978) written, produced and directed for Miller and Gray by Brian Pinette. It had a world premiere at MOMA in NYC.
- Camille (1921)
- Trimmed (1922)
- Fortune's Mask (1922)
- Omar the Tentmaker (1922)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
- The Yankee Consul (1924)
- Hogan's Alley (1925)
- Red Hot Tires (1925)
- Why Girls Go Back Home (1926)
- The White Black Sheep (1926)
- So This is Paris (1926)
- The First Auto (1927)
- A Hero for a Night (1927)
- The Hottentot (1929)
- So Long Letty (1929)
- The Aviator (1929)
- Wide Open (1930)
- Night Beat (1931)
- Mother (1978)
- Quebec (1951)
- "Patsy Ruth Miller, Movie Actress, 91, An Early Esmeralda". New York Times. July 19, 1995. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
Patsy Ruth Miller, a silent-film star whose best-known role may have been that of the Gypsy dancing girl in the 1923 film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," died on Sunday at her home here. She was 91. ...
- "Patsy Ruth Miller". Milwaukee Journal. July 20, 1995. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
Palm Desert, Calif. Patsy Ruth Miller, silent film actress who played the Gypsy dancing girl opposite Lon Chaney in the 1923 film Hunchback of ...
- My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young (autobiography, 1988)
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- Patsy Ruth Miller at Virtual History
- Patsy Ruth Miller papers, 1922-1986, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts