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Patricia Ellis

Patricia Ellis
Personal information
Birth dateMay 20, 1916
Place of birthBirmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Date of deathMarch 26, 1970(age 53)
Death placeKansas City, Missouri, U.S.
OccupationAmerican film actress
Years active1932 - 1939
SpouseGeorge T. O'Malley (1940-1970) (her death)

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Patricia Ellis (May 20, 1916 - March 26, 1970) was an American film actress of the 1930s.

Born Patricia Leftwich in Birmingham, Alabama, Ellis began her stage career after leaving school. Given a film test while appearing on stage in New York, she was put under contract by Warner Bros. In 1932 she had two small parts, both uncredited, in the films Three on a Match and Park'. That same year she was one of fourteen girls chosen as WAMPAS Baby Stars. Ellis, at 16, was the youngest. Among the others selected that year were future Hollywood legends Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart.

Ellis's first credited role was the following year, in the 1933 film, Vacation', starring George Arliss and Marjorie Gateson. With that film, her career took off, with her working steadily, starring mostly in lower budget B-movies, but still having her working steadily. She would have roles in eight films in 1933, co-starring with James Cagney in Picture Snatcher, and another seven in 1934. She started 1935 off with A Night at the Ritz, in which she had the lead female role, opposite William Gargan. She would star in seven films that year, and another seven in 1936.

Starring alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names, including James Cagney, Ricardo Cortez, and Bela Lugosi, Ellis's career was at its peak by 1937. Most of her roles were in comedy films, with some also being mysteries or crime drama, and by 1936 almost all her roles had her playing the lead. She would star in five films that year, then only three in 1938, and two in 1939.

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