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Patricia Owens

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Patricia Owens (17 January 1925, Golden, British Columbia - 31 August 2000, Lancaster, California) 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. Canadian-born actress Patricia Owens moved to England with her parents in 1933, 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 the next few years, Owens getting ever-larger roles in generally better movies (though not always—the same year in which she worked in the Launder-Gilliat production of The Happiest Days of Your Life, one of the funniest movies ever made in England, she also appeared in the abysmal Old Mother Riley, Headmistress). Her career took a giant step upward 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) for Fox, and then Owens was loaned out to Warner Bros. to play opposite Marlon Brando in the drama Sayonara (1957), one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. Owens spent the rest of 1957 working mostly on loan-out, but it was a 1958 Fox production that secured her place in motion picture history—as Helene Delambre, the wife of scientist Andre Delambre in The Fly (1958), co-starring with David Hedison and Vincent Price. Owens carried much of the film's story and drama, which were told in flashback from her character's point-of-view. The Fly was one of the most successful science fiction movies of the decade; the image of Owens unmasking her stricken husband and screaming at what she sees—and the shot of her horrified visage seen in a "fly's eye" view—became one of the defining moments in the genre. Unfortunately for Owens, she never got another movie half as good as The Fly, from Fox or anyone else, and in 1961 was reduced to working 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, and 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 a 1968 episode of Lassie. She was the third wife of screenwriter and producer Sy Bartlett. Description above from the Wikipedia article Patricia Owens (actress), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia


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Born:
Jan 17, 1925 In Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
33
First Appeared:
In the movie Things Happen at Night 1947-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Destructors 1968-05-03
Known For
Poster of Walk a Tightrope
Poster of Alive on Saturday
Poster of Tale of Three Women
Poster of Bait
Filmography

The Destructors (1968)

Action Science Fiction
Movie
as Charlie
5.5 1 votes

Walk a Tightrope (1965)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Ellen Sheppard
6 1 votes

Black Spurs (1965)

Western
Movie
as Clare
6.6 4 votes

Burke's Law (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 4 votes

Bus Stop (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Seven Women from Hell (1961)

Drama War
Movie
as Grace Ingram

X-15 (1961)

Action Drama History
Movie
as Margaret Brandon
6.3 3 votes

These Thousand Hills (1959)

Drama Western
Movie
as Joyce
4.6 4 votes

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

Five Gates to Hell (1959)

Adventure Drama War
Movie
as Joy
3.5 2 votes

The Law and Jake Wade (1958)

Action Western
Movie
as Peggy
5.5 7 votes

The Fly (1958)

Drama Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Helene Delambre
6.9 111 votes

The Gun Runners (1958)

Drama Action Thriller Crime
Movie
as Lucy Martin
7 1 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

Alive on Saturday (1957)

Movie
as Sally Parker

Island in the Sun (1957)

Drama Family
Movie
as Sylvia Fleury
5 1 votes

Sayonara (1957)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Eileen Webster
4.9 14 votes

No Down Payment (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Jean Martin
8 1 votes

Colonel March of Scotland Yard (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 42 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.5 17 votes

The Good Die Young (1954)

Crime
Movie
as Winnie, Girl in Pub (uncredited)
6.1 8 votes

Tale of Three Women (1954)

Crime
Movie
as Mary (segment "Final Twist' story)

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.1 9 votes

The Stranger Came Home (1954)

Drama
Movie
as Blonde (as Pat Owens)
6.8 2 votes

House of Blackmail (1953)

Drama
Movie
as Joan
5 1 votes

Crow Hollow (1952)

Thriller
Movie
as Willow, Opal's Companion (as Pat Owens)

This Is Your Life (1952)

Documentary Reality
Series
as Unknown
7.7 3 votes

Ghost Ship (1952)

Horror Thriller
Movie
as Party Girl (Joyce)
3.8 2 votes

Mystery Junction (1951)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Mabel Dawn (as Pat Owens)
5.5 1 votes

Bait (1950)

Movie
as Anna Hastings

Paper Orchid (1949)

Movie

Things Happen at Night (1947)

Comedy Horror
Movie
4.7 3 votes