Patricia Elliott

Patricia Elliott (July 21, 1938 – December 20, 2015) was an American theatre, film, soap opera, and television actress.

Early life

Elliott was born July 21, 1938 in Gunnison, Colorado to Clyde and Lavon (née Gibson) Elliott. She claimed direct descent from President Ulysses S. Grant, John Winthrop (first governor of Massachusetts) and Mary Lyon (founder of what would become Mount Holyoke College). She graduated from South High School, Denver.

In 1960, Elliott graduated from the University of Colorado and then went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She returned to work at the Cleveland Play House, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., among others before moving to New York.



Elliott began her career in 1968 with the science fiction film The Green Slime. She would go on to appear in Birch Interval (1976), the comedy/mystery film Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978), and Natural Enemies (1979).


With many appearances on television, Elliott is best known having replaced actress Phyllis Newman as longtime portrayal of fictional character Renée Divine Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, a role she played in extended stints off-and-on during every year between 1988 and 2011.

In 1973 Elliott appeared in an adaptation of The Man Without a Country and in 1976 portrayed Minnie Adams in The Adams Chronicles, a thirteen-episode miniseries on PBS. In 1978, she appeared in the Made-for-TV-Movie Tartuffe. She guest starred on such television series as Kojak, the ABC Afterschool Special, St. Elsewhere, and Spenser: For Hire.


Elliott won a Tony for her performance as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music. She played the role of Dorine in the 1977 Tony-nominated Circle in the Square revival of Molière's Tartuffe for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She reprised her role when the production was restaged for television on PBS in 1978.

Personal life

Elliot married Christopher V H Fay on September 10, 1960 in Clinton, CT. They were divorced.

Elliot was briefly married to Peter Heath.


Elliot died in Manhattan on December 20, 2015, aged 77. reports that she died of leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer.





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