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Also Known As: Patricia Paz Medina, Patricia Cotten Died: April 28, 2012
Born: July 19, 1919 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: actor

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A celebrated beauty in her native England, actress Patricia Medina enjoyed modest success in Hollywood during the early 1950s, most notably in Orson Welles' "Mr. Arkadin" (1955), before spending the remainder of her career in episodic television and low-budget features. The child of Spanish and English parents, her exotic looks made her a natural for swashbuckling adventures like "Fortunes of Captain Blood" (1950) and "Botany Bay" (1953). By the 1960s, she had married actor Joseph Cotten and worked almost exclusively on television, save for a risqué turn in "The Killing of Sister George" (1968). Medina retired from acting in 1978 to care for Cotten in his final years before she, herself, passed away in 2012 from natural causes at the age of 92. Though never a celebrated actress, Patricia Medina remained an alluring favorite among fans of B-movies from the 1950s and early '60s.

A celebrated beauty in her native England, actress Patricia Medina enjoyed modest success in Hollywood during the early 1950s, most notably in Orson Welles' "Mr. Arkadin" (1955), before spending the remainder of her career in episodic television and low-budget features. The child of Spanish and English parents, her exotic looks made her a natural for swashbuckling adventures like "Fortunes of Captain Blood" (1950) and "Botany Bay" (1953). By the 1960s, she had married actor Joseph Cotten and worked almost exclusively on television, save for a risqué turn in "The Killing of Sister George" (1968). Medina retired from acting in 1978 to care for Cotten in his final years before she, herself, passed away in 2012 from natural causes at the age of 92. Though never a celebrated actress, Patricia Medina remained an alluring favorite among fans of B-movies from the 1950s and early '60s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Latitude Zero (1970) Lucretia
2.
 The Killing of Sister George (1968) Betty Thaxter
3.
 Mr. Arkadin (1962) Mily
4.
5.
 The Red Cloak (1961) Laura Lanfranchi
6.
 Count Your Blessings (1959) Albertine
7.
 The Buckskin Lady (1957) Angela "Angie" Medley
8.
 Uranium Boom (1956) Jean Williams
9.
10.
 Stranger at My Door (1956) Peg Jarret
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1938:
Launched film career in "Double or Quits" and "Simply Terrific"
1945:
Began playing leading roles in British films with "Kiss the Bride Goodbye"
1945:
Went to Hollywood (date approximate)
1946:
First American film, "The Secret Heart" with Lionel Barrymore and Claudette Colbert
1950:
Began playing lead roles in American films such as "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion"
1950:
First film opposite Louis Hayward, "Fortunes of Captain Blood"
1954:
Co-starred with Karl Malden in "Phantom of the Rue Morgue"
1957:
Appeared a panelist on the NBC game show "High Low Quiz"
1961:
Returned to primarily stage work after "Snow White and the Three Stooges"
1962:
Successfully played in the drama "Calculated Risk" on Broadway opposite husband Joseph Cotten
1968:
Returned to films to play a role in "The Killing of Sister George"
1969:
Acted opposite Cotten in the Japanese-American co-production "Ido zero daisakusen/Latitude Zero"
1975:
Cast in the adventure film "Timber Tramps"
1978:
Retired from acting after final film appearance, the Mexican drama "El llanto de los pobres"
1998:
Released autobiography <i>Laid Back in Hollywood</i>
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husband:
Richard Greene. Actor. Married in 1941; divorced in 1952; acted with Medina in "The Fighting O'Flynn" (1949).
husband:
Joseph Cotten. Actor. Married from 1960 until his death in 1994.

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"Laid Back in Hollywood, Remembering"

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