Neva Patterson

Neva Patterson

Neva Patterson Quick Links

News Film RSS

Patterson Dies At 90


Neva Patterson

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.

Continue reading: Patterson Dies At 90

Neva Patterson Dies Aged 90


Neva Patterson Cary Grant Evelyn Keyes Marilyn Monroe Steve Martin

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.

An Affair To Remember Review


OK
The good thing about being an international playboy who looks and sounds like Cary Grant (well, one of the good things) is that there isn't much you have to do to pay for your fabulous jet-set lifestyle, except marry the occasional filthy-rich heiress (who's hardly bad-looking herself, so that doesn't hurt). So we shouldn't feel too bad for scandal-sheet regular Nickie Ferrante (Grant) when we're introduced to him at the start of the glossy, late-studio-period romance An Affair to Remember, at which point he's leaving behind his French lover, and presumably many years of others like her, in the interest of future security. Nickie's on an ocean liner steaming back to the U.S. to marry the heiress whose financial largesse will keep him in tuxedos and pink champagne for a good many years to come, when he runs into the woman he's fated to fall in love with, Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr), also no slouch in the looks department. But even after the fateful meet cute -- a nicely-framed bit with a cigarette case and some snappy quips -- and all the emotional and moral confusion it causes, there's little reason to feel bad for the guy.

Whether or not one should feel concern for Nickie's state of mind is important here, because director and co-writer Leo McCarey seems to have much more on his mind here than a simple romantic soufflé. The first half of the film takes place almost entirely on the ocean liner, and it's here that the film is at its best. Although both Nickie and Terry have significant others waiting for them on the pier in New York, they can't stop from engaging in some sharp romantic badinage, setting the tongues wagging among their entertainment-starved shipmates. The first sign that the film is moving into different territory, though, is when Nickie goes ashore in France to visit his grandmother and brings Terry along. It's a lengthy and overplayed sequence at a sleepy villa in which Terry, who had previously felt impervious to Nickie's attempts at pitching woo, gets a window into his soul via the grandmother and so falls for him. McCarey also introduces an overtly religious theme here (having Terry and Nickie pray briefly in the chapel) that will come back later in an even more heavy-handed fashion.

Continue reading: An Affair To Remember Review

V Review


Very Good
Independence Day ripped off the far superior 1983 TV miniseries, V, correctly assuming that the public has only a short-term memory. The pervasive image of flying saucers hovering over every major metropolitan city in the world is undeniably creepy, especially when the visitors are not our friends. V's mice-munching lizards, disguised in human form as soap opera-friendly actors in bright red Nazi uniforms, wore false smiles and were much scarier than any computer generated menace proposed by ID:4.

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!

Continue reading: V Review

Neva Patterson

Neva Patterson Quick Links

News Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

Money Monster - Movie Review

Money Monster - Movie Review

A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare action movie that has something important to say.

Alice Through the Looking Glass - Movie Review

Alice Through the Looking Glass - Movie Review

This much more light-hearted sequel reinvigorates the franchise after Disney's quirky but murky 2010 reboot of Lewis Carroll's classic

Love & Friendship - Movie Review

Love & Friendship - Movie Review

Whit Stillman reunites the stars of his 1998 drama The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, for what might be the most entertaining...

Tom Hardy And Cillian Murphy Added To Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' Cast List

Tom Hardy And Cillian Murphy Added To Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' Cast List

'Dunkirk' is slated for a July 21st, 2017 release, and features an impressive and growing cast list.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Neva Patterson Movies

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.