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Also Known As: Patricia Beth Kimberley Reid Died: August 20, 2001
Born: February 11, 1925 Cause of Death: uterine cancer
Birth Place: Tularosa, New Mexico, USA Profession: actor, drama professor, model, waitress, sales clerk (at Macy's)

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This imposing, emotional stage actress also made an occasional inroad into film and TV since the 1950s. After studying at the Pasadena Community Playhouse and New York's Actors Studio, Stanley appeared in a number of shows before making her Broadway debut replacing Julie Harris in "Monserrat" (1949). Her first major success came as the lovesick tomboy sister in William Inge's "Picnic" (1953), which led to further theatrical successes as nightclub "chantoosie" Cherie in Inge's "Bus Stop" (1955), the rebellious daughter in Eugene O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet" (1958), one of Freud's patients in "A Far Country" (1961) and Masha in a 1964 revival of "Three Sisters", which was also filmed.Stanley began making TV appearances on the "Golden Age" dramatic anthologies, "Danger", "Goodyear TV Playhouse", "Studio One", "Magnavox Theater" and others from the early 1950s. She won an Emmy for her turn on a 1963 "Ben Casey" episode that dealt with mercy killing and made her TV-movie debut in the family drama "Flesh and Blood" (NBC, 1986). The following year she appeared in "U.M.C." (CBS), the pilot for the series "Medical Center". Her performance as Big Mama in a PBS/Showtime production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"...

This imposing, emotional stage actress also made an occasional inroad into film and TV since the 1950s. After studying at the Pasadena Community Playhouse and New York's Actors Studio, Stanley appeared in a number of shows before making her Broadway debut replacing Julie Harris in "Monserrat" (1949). Her first major success came as the lovesick tomboy sister in William Inge's "Picnic" (1953), which led to further theatrical successes as nightclub "chantoosie" Cherie in Inge's "Bus Stop" (1955), the rebellious daughter in Eugene O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet" (1958), one of Freud's patients in "A Far Country" (1961) and Masha in a 1964 revival of "Three Sisters", which was also filmed.

Stanley began making TV appearances on the "Golden Age" dramatic anthologies, "Danger", "Goodyear TV Playhouse", "Studio One", "Magnavox Theater" and others from the early 1950s. She won an Emmy for her turn on a 1963 "Ben Casey" episode that dealt with mercy killing and made her TV-movie debut in the family drama "Flesh and Blood" (NBC, 1986). The following year she appeared in "U.M.C." (CBS), the pilot for the series "Medical Center". Her performance as Big Mama in a PBS/Showtime production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1984) won Stanley a second Emmy.

Her big screen career has been extremely uneven and frustrating. Stanley's debut was in "The Goddess" (1958); she managed to turn in an intelligent performance despite being ludicrously miscast as a Marilyn Monroe-inspired sexpot. She was again impressive as a medium in the low-budget "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" (1964). Despite earning an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, Stanley left films for 18 years. She returned to features as the rapacious monster mother of disturbed actress Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange) in "Frances" (1982), for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod. This was followed by another great turn as early barnstorming pilot Pancho Barnes in Philip Kaufman's space-race saga "The Right Stuff" (1983). By this time, however, Stanley was devoting most of her time to teaching drama at the College of Santa Fe in her native New Mexico.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Right Stuff (1983) Pancho Barnes
2.
 Frances (1982) Lillian Farmer
3.
 Operation Heartbeat (1969) Joanna Hanson
4.
 Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Myra Savage
5.
 To Kill a Mockingbird (1963) Voice of Scout as an adult
6.
 The Goddess (1958) Emily Ann Faulkner, also known as Rita Shaw
7.
 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984) Big Mama
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Raised in New Mexico and Texas
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Received scholarship to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse
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Worked for a season playing walk-on roles at a stock company in Louisville, Kentucky
1947:
Moved to NYC; supported herself as a waitress and dress model (for Herbert Sondheim, father of composer Stephen Sondheim)
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Joined the Interplayers, a theater group whose members included playwright Michael V. Gazzo, actor-director Gene Saks and actor-director Sidney Lumet
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Became a member of the theater group Off-Broadway Inc.
1949:
Garnered attention for her performance in the Off-Broadway show "Yes Is for a Very Young Man"
1949:
Made Broadway debut replacing Julie Harris in "Monserrat"
1953:
Enjoyed theatrical success portraying a lovesick pre-teen in "Picnic" by William Inge
1955:
Garnered critical praise as the nightclub singer Cherie in Inge's "Bus Stop"
1958:
Departed the Broadway production of "A Touch of the Poet", co-starring Helen Hayes and Eric Portman, after falling into conflict with Portman; she later claimed he struck a bit too enthusiastically in one scene and left the production; received Tony nomination as Best Actress nevertheless
1958:
London stage debut, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
1958:
Film debut, the starring role in "The Goddess"
1959:
Starred in Anita Loos' stage adaptation of Colette's "Cherie"
1962:
Picked up second Tony nomination for turn as a woman afflicted with hysterical paralysis in "A Far Country"
1963:
Won an Emmy for a guest appearance on "Ben Casey"
1964:
Final NYC stage appearance in "Three Sisters", with Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight and Sandy Dennis; production filmed
1964:
Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination as a medium in "Seance on a Wet Afternoon"; last film for 18 years
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Returned to New Mexico and began teaching
1968:
TV-movie debut in "Flesh and Blood" (NBC)
1979:
Returned to NYC; served as artistic director at a small theater company
1982:
Return to films as the title character's mother in the biopic "Frances"; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination; first screen collaboration with Jessica Lange
1983:
Final film, "The Right Stuff"; played pilot Pancho Barnes
1984:
Last TV appearance to date, co-starred with Lange in "Cat on a Hit Tin Roof" (Showtime/PBS); won second Emmy Award
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Once again returned to New Mexico to live and teach
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Education

University of New Mexico: Albuquerque , New Mexico -
Texas State University: Waco , Texas -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California - 1949

Notes

Stanley was her maternal grandmother's maiden name.

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husband:
Bruce Hall. Actor. Divorced.
husband:
Curt Conway. Actor. Married in 1949; divorced on April 3, 1956.
husband:
Alfred Ryder. Director, actor. Married on August 1, 1958; divorced.

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father:
J T Reid. Doctor. Divorced from Stanley's mother.
mother:
Ann Reid. Interior decorator. Divorced from Stanley's father.
brother:
Justin Reid.
son:
Jamison Clift. Father, Curt Conway.
daughter:
Lisa Conway. Father, Curt Conway.
daughter:
Rachel Ryder Zahn. Doctor. Father, Alfred Ryder.
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