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Patricia Elliott
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Born July 21, 1938, in Gunnison, Colorado, Patricia Elliott was drawn to the theater all her life. As a child in Denver, Colorado, she was, by her own admission, a "constant show-off." After a brief stint working in a public relations office at Harvard, she headed for England, where she had been accepted at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.



In 1973, Ms. Elliott made her Broadway debut as the Countess Charlotte in the critically acclaimed Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music. This appearance (her first musical and her first Broadway show) won her New York's triple crown -- the Tony Award, a Theater World Award, and a Drama Desk Award. Then came an equally dazzling performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Shadow Box, which earned her a second Tony nomination. Her other Broadway ventures include The Elephant Man, opposite David Bowie, and A Month of Sundays, opposite Jason Robards.



In 1987, the actress was cast as One Life to Live's Renee Divine Buchanan, a former madam turned society matron, and the frequent wife of feisty oil baron Asa Buchanan.



In addition to those triumphs, the actress headlined in extensive off-Broadway and repertory productions, tackling everything from Greek tragedy to French farce. She played Dorine in the Circle in the Square revival of Tartuffe (and won her second Drama Desk nomination), starred in Bunker Reveries and Misalliance at New York's Roundabout Theater, and sparkled as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the American Shakespeare Festival. She won a Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for her performance in Noel Coward's Hay Fever at the Ahamson Theatre. She most recently starred in Durang! Durang!, Christopher Durang's satirical evening at the Manhattan Theatre Club.



She guest starred on numerous primetime television series, including Kate & Allie, Spenser: For Hire, St. Elsewhere, and Hill Street Blues. Her other television appearances included starring roles in Sometimes I Don't Like My Mother, The Ladies, The Cartier Heist, The Adams Chronicles, and Man Without a Country. In 1984, she was a regular on Empire, a situation comedy series satirizing corporate America.



Ms. Elliott also appeared in three feature films: Somebody Killed Her Husband, Natural Enemies, and Morning, Winter and Night.



Ms. Elliott served on the board of Plays for Living, an organization that produces inspirational plays performed at schools, shelters, prisons, churches, and corporations. She was also the chairperson for the Theatre World Awards Fund.



"So sad to hear Patricia Elliott has passed away," tweeted OLTL's former head writer, Ron Carlivati. "Such an honor to have written for Renee on #OLTL. She was divine!"



"So saddened to hear the passing of the glorious Patricia Elliott," shared Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair, OLTL). "Such an earth angel. An amazing person!"



"RIP #PatriciaElliott what an honor to know and work with such an amazing woman," added Eddie Alderson (ex-Matthew Buchanan)



In addition to her niece, Ms. Elliott is survived by an aunt, Claudine Walker, and several cousins.



Acting Portfolio: TELEVISION
Kate & Allie

January 4, 1988

One Life to Live

Renee Divine Buchanan

1987 to August 24, 2011

The Ladies

Darlene

1987

A Special Friendship

Mrs. Davis

1987

Spenser: For Hire"

Vera Canning

January 17, 1987

Spenser: For Hire

October 25, 1985

Hill Street Blues

January 24, 1985

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

voice

1985

Empire

Renee

1984

St. Elsewhere

Ms. Colman

March 28, 1984

Summer Solstice

Emily

1981

Tartuffe

Dorine

1978

The Quinns

Rita Quinn O'Neill

1977

Kojak

Christina

January 4, 1977

The Man Without a Country

Mrs. Graff

1973

Acting Portfolio: FILM

101 Ways (The Things a Girl Will Do to Keep Her Volvo)

Ruth

2000

Richie Rich's Christmas Wish

Hazel

1998

Casper: A Spirited Beginning

Mortified Teacher

1997

Criminal Hearts

Good Samaritan

1995

Natural Enemies

Woman on train

1979

Somebody Killed Her Husband

Helene Birch

1978

Interval

Martha

1977

The Green Slime

Nurse

1968

Awards & Acclaim
Tony Award: Winner, Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) (1973; for A Little Night Music)

Tony Award: Nomination, Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) (1977; for The Shadow Box)

Soap Opera Digest Awards: Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (1992)

Soap Opera Digest Awards: Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (1993)

Vital Statistics

PLACE OF BIRTH: Gunnison, Colorado

DATE OF BIRTH: July 21, 1938

DATE OF DEATH: November 20, 2015

HAIR: Brown

EYES: Brown

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