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Patricia Smith (actress)

Patricia Smith (February 20, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress who appeared in film and television roles from the early 1950s through the 1990s.

Patricia Smith
Patricia Smith 1956.JPG
Smith in 1956
BornFebruary 20, 1930
DiedJanuary 2, 2011(2011-01-02) (aged 80)
Years active1953–1997
Spouse(s)John Lassell


Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Smith appeared in a 1953 episode of Kraft Television Theater titled "A Room and a Half". A Neighborhood Playhouse alumna [1] and a life member of The Actors Studio,[2] Smith appeared in two films in 1957, The Bachelor Party with Don Murray and The Spirit of St. Louis with James Stewart.

She appeared in Gunsmoke in 1958, then primarily on television during the 1960s and 1970s, including the role of murderer Wanda Buren in the 1965 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Candy Queen," and the role of Sylvia Bayles in The Twilight Zone episode "Long Distance Call" (Season 2 - episode 22); as Norma Bartlett in The Fugitive episode "Goodbye my Love" in 1967, and was the focus of the second Hawaii Five-O show of the first season (1968), "Full Fathom Five", playing detective Joyce Weber. She also appeared in a 1975 episode of The Streets of San Francisco.

Smith was a regular on the 1969-70 short-lived television sitcom The Debbie Reynolds Show playing Reynolds' sister Charlotte. She had a recurring role on The Bob Newhart Show during its initial season (1972–1973), played Jack Lemmon's wife in the 1973 feature film Save the Tiger, for which Lemmon won an Oscar, and appeared in the episode "You're Not Alone" from the 1977 anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale).[3] She also appeared on the TV series Highway to Heaven in the season 1 episode "A Child of God".

Smith continued to appear in supporting roles on television and in films through the late 1990s. She played Doctor Sara Kingsley in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unnatural Selection". Her final acting role was in the 1997 film Mad City.[4]


Smith and her husband, John Lasell, had two children.[4]


Smith, a diabetic for many years, died of heart failure on January 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, aged 80.[4]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Obituaries". The Los Angeles Times. January 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  3. ^ Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
  4. ^ a b c Patricia Smith on IMDb

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