Patricia Morison

Patricia Morison (born March 19, 1915) is an American stage and motion picture actress and mezzo-soprano singer. She made her feature film debut in 1939 after several years on the stage. During her time as a screen actress she was lauded for her patrician beauty, with her large eyes and extremely long, dark hair among her most notable physical attributes. During this period of her career, she was often cast as the femme fatale or "other woman." It was only when she returned to the Broadway stage that she achieved her greatest success as the lead in the original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate. Patricia Morison was born in New York City. Her father, William Morison, was a playwright and occasional actor who billed himself under the name Norman Rainey.Her mother, Selena Morison (née Fraser) worked for British Intelligence during World War I. After graduating from Washington Irving High School in New York, Morison studied at the Arts Students League while taking acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She also studied dance under Martha Graham. During this time she was employed as a dress shop designer at Russeks Department Store.


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