AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER star Neva Patterson has died at the age of 90.
The veteran actress, best known for playing Cary Grant's onscreen fiancee in the 1957 movie classic, passed away at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday (14Dec10) after suffering complications from a broken hip.
Her daughter Megan Lee confirmed the sad news to the Los Angeles Times.
Patterson began her career on the New York stage, notably appearing in a 1952 production of The Seven Year Itch on Broadway and scoring her first movie role a year later (53) in Taxi.
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Neva Patterson, the American actress best known for her role in the movie 'An Affair to Remember', as well as in the play 'The Seven Year Itch', has died aged 90, reports the New York Times. Patterson's daughter Megan Lee said that the cause of death was complications surrounding a broken hip.
Ms Patterson had already become a veteran of Broadway when she was cast alongside Cary Grant in the 1957 romance 'An Affair to Remember. The movie, which has spawned a number of contemporary remakes, was recently voted number 5 in a list of 'America's Greatest Love Stories' by the American Film Institute. Patterson's performance as 'Helen Sherman' in the 1952 play 'The Seven Year Itch' gained universal acclaim, and the role was later played by Evelyn Keyes in the well-known movie adaptation, which also starred Marilyn Monroe.
Later in her career, the actress took on a number of diverse roles, particularly in the 1983 sci-fi television series 'V' and in the 1983 comedy movie 'All Of Me', starring Steve Martin. As well as her daughter, Patterson is survived by her son, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
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What we're quick to forget is that TV movies from the early 80s were actually pretty frightening, what with Ronald Reagan threatening to bomb the Russkies and all. The Day After caused many a sleepless night as Jason Robards marched through a nuclear nightmare. While the good guys ultimately score a point for justice at the end of V, much of the film is devoted to the insidious alien plot to corral humans into concentration camps for food. Yum, yum, yum. A few supporting characters get picked off in the first hour or two when they try to prove that "the truth is out there." We're gonna snatch you, and then we're gonna eat you!
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