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FactSelected by writer Booth Tarkington personally to perform in his Broadway production of "The Intimate Strangers" in 1921.

Liz J. Patterson (born December 18, 1941) is an American politician. She was the first woman to represent South Carolina in the United States House of Representatives and the first woman from South Carolina to be elected to Congress.

Patterson was born in Greenville, South Carolina, the daughter of Elizabeth (née Johnson) and James Patterson. She graduated from Furman University in 1963 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1966. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1966.

Patterson began her political career as a staff member for U.S. Representative James Mann. She was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1974, serving until she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. She served in the House from 1987 to 1993.

In Congress, Patterson served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means. She was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Patterson did not seek re-election to the House in 1992, instead running for the U.S. Senate. She was defeated in the Democratic primary by incumbent Senator Ernest Hollings.

After her time in Congress, Patterson worked as a lobbyist and consultant.

Patterson is divorced and has two children.

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EducationUniversity of South Carolina


ParentsOlin D. Johnston


MoviesPal Joey, Remember the Night, Little Women, I Married a Witch, A Bill of Divorcement, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, No Man of Her Own, Tarnished Lady, Love Me Tonight, Tall Story, Dinner at Eight, My Sister Eileen, Sing You Sinners, Hail the Conquering Hero, Belle Starr, The Cat Creeps, Colonel Effingham...

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1Live television is the hardest work I ever did and I was a nervous wreck. You really have no time for learning and rehearsals. Swallowing the play whole, hanging on and just hoping that you will come on in the right place and say the right thing.


1Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
2Miss Patterson was also asked by novelist William Faulkner to play the elderly female lead in the movie made of his book, "Intruder In the Dust."
3Selected by writer Booth Tarkington personally to perform in his Broadway production of "The Intimate Strangers" in 1921.
4Daughter of Confederate soldier 'E. D. Patterson' who served in Co. D, 9th Alabama Inf. and who later became a judge.




The New Breed1961TV SeriesMrs. Honeyman
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1961TV SeriesMillicent Melvane
Tall Story1960Connie
Playhouse 901956-1960TV SeriesMrs. Pruitt / Mrs. Finch / Aunt Ida / ...
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1958-1959TV SeriesGrandmother / Miss Bessie
Johnny Staccato1959TV SeriesBeatrice George
The Oregon Trail1959Maria Cooper
77 Sunset Strip1959TV SeriesLavinia
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesMrs. Kale
New York Confidential1959TV Series
Climax!1955-1958TV SeriesMrs. Garr / Nellie Eldredge / Jane Connor / ...
Matinee Theatre1958TV Series
Pal Joey1957Mrs. Casey
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1957TV SeriesAmelie De Vaux
The Ford Television Theatre1953-1957TV SeriesMrs. Dunkel / Rebecca Hubner / Mrsd. Matthews
Crossroads1956TV SeriesMary Donovan
I Love Lucy1952-1956TV SeriesMrs. Trumbull / Mrs. Willoughby
Front Row Center1956TV SeriesMrs. Potter
Adventures of Superman1955-1956TV SeriesMrs. Clara Exbrook / Mrs. Peabody
Cavalcade of America1956TV SeriesMrs. Couche
The Star and the Story1956TV SeriesAmy Carey
Playwrights '561956TV SeriesMatty Rascher
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1955TV MovieAunt Polly
Science Fiction Theatre1955TV SeriesHannah
Las Vegas Shakedown1955Mary Raff
Lux Video Theatre1954-1955TV SeriesMrs. Sargent / Dr. Gilley
Texaco Star Theatre1955TV Series
Stage 71955TV SeriesGrandmother
Willy1955TV SeriesAgatha
Four Star Playhouse1954TV SeriesMa
Ponds Theater1954TV Series
Mayor of the Town1954TV SeriesAgnes
General Electric Theater1953TV SeriesMadame Elaine
Chevron Theatre1953TV Series
Three Lives1953Short
Washington Story1952Miss Dee
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV Series
Katie Did It1951Aunt Priscilla Wakely
Studio One in Hollywood1950TV SeriesAunt March
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1950TV SeriesMyrtle Webb / Mrs. Haggett
Armstrong Circle Theatre1950TV Series
Bright Leaf1950Tabitha Singleton
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1950TV Series
Song of Surrender1949Mrs. Beecham
Intruder in the Dust1949Miss Eunice Habersham
Little Women1949Hannah
Miss Tatlock's Millions1948Cora
Welcome Stranger1947Mrs. Gilley
Out of the Blue1947Miss Spring
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim1947Catherine Dennison
The Secret Heart1946Mrs. Stover
I've Always Loved You1946Mrs. Sompter
Colonel Effingham's Raid1946Cousin Emma
Lady on a Train1945Aunt Charlotte Waring
Together Again1944Jessie
Hail the Conquering Hero1944Aunt Martha
Follow the Boys1944Annie
The Sky's the Limit1943/IMrs. Fisher
I Married a Witch1942Margaret
Lucky Legs1942Annabelle Dinwiddie
My Sister Eileen1942Grandma Sherwood
Her Cardboard Lover1942Eva
Beyond the Blue Horizon1942Mrs. Daly
Almost Married1942Aunt Matilda Manning
The Vanishing Virginian1942Grandma Yancey
Belle Starr1941Sarah
Kiss the Boys Goodbye1941Aunt Lily Lou Bethany
Tobacco Road1941Ada Lester
Michael Shayne: Private Detective1940Aunt Olivia
Who Killed Aunt Maggie?1940Aunt Maggie Ambler
Anne of Windy Poplars1940Rebecca
Earthbound1940Becky Tilden
Adventure in Diamonds1940Nellie
Remember the Night1940Aunt Emma
Bad Little Angel1939Mrs. Perkins
The Cat and the Canary1939Aunt Susan
Our Leading Citizen1939Aunt Tillie
Bulldog Drummond's Bride1939Aunt Blanche Clavering
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell1939Mrs. Mac Gregor
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police1939Aunt Blanche Clavering
Sons of the Legion1938Grandmother Lee
Sing, You Sinners1938Mrs. Daisy Beebe aka Mother Beebe
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife1938Aunt Hedwige
Bulldog Drummond's Peril1938Aunt Blanche Clavering
Scandal Street1938Ada Smith
Night Club Scandal1937Mrs. Elvira Ward
Hold 'Em Navy1937Grandma Holland
High, Wide, and Handsome1937Grandma Cortlandt
Night of Mystery1937Mrs. Tobias Greene
Go West Young Man1936Aunt Kate Barnaby
Old Hutch1936Mrs. Sarah Hutchins
Three Cheers for Love1936Wilma Chester
The Return of Sophie Lang1936Araminta Sedley
Small Town Girl1936Ma Brannan
Timothy's Quest1936Vilda Cummins
Her Master's Voice1936Mrs. Ellie Martin
Men Without Names1935Aunt Ella
So Red the Rose1935Mary Cherry
Chasing Yesterday1935Mlle. Prefere
Hide-Out1934'Ma' Miller
Ever in My Heart1933Clara Tuttle, Canteen Worker (uncredited)
Golden Harvest1933Lydia
Doctor Bull1933Aunt Patricia Banning
Dinner at Eight1933Miss Copeland
Secret of the Blue Room1933Mary, the cook
Hold Your Man1933Miss Tuttle
The Story of Temple Drake1933Aunt Jennie
Infernal Machine1933Elinor's Aunt
They Just Had to Get Married1932Lizzie
No Man of Her Own1932Mrs. Randall
The Conquerors1932Roger's Landlady (uncredited)
They Call It Sin1932Mrs. Cullen
Breach of Promise1932Cora Pugmire
A Bill of Divorcement1932Hester
Life Begins1932Mrs. Tubby (uncredited)
Love Me Tonight1932First Aunt
Guilty as Hell1932Elvira Ward
Miss Pinkerton1932Juliet Mitchell
New Morals for Old1932Aunty Doe
So Big!1932Mrs. Tebbit (uncredited)
Man Wanted1932Miss Harper, Lois' Secretary
The Expert1932Miss Crackenwald
Husband's Holiday1931Mrs. Caroline Reid
Heaven on Earth1931Vergie
Penrod and Sam1931The Teacher (uncredited)
Daddy Long Legs1931Mrs. Lippett
The Smiling Lieutenant1931Baroness von Schwedel (uncredited)
Tarnished Lady1931Mrs. Courtney
The Cat Creeps1930Susan
The Big Party1930Mrs. Goldfarb
Harmony at Home1930Emma Haller
The Lone Star Ranger1930Sarah Martin
South Sea Rose1929Sarah
Words and Music1929Dean Crockett
The Gay Nineties; or, The Unfaithful Husband1929ShortThe Town Gossip
The Dancing Town1928ShortMa Pepperall
The Return of Peter Grimm1926Mrs. Bartholomey
The Boy Friend1926Mrs. Harper


The Shocking Miss Pilgrim1947performer: "The Back Bay Polka" - uncredited
The Vanishing Virginian1942performer: "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 1902 - uncredited
Kiss the Boys Goodbye1941performer: "Battle Hymn of The Republic" - uncredited
Remember the Night1940performer: "A Perfect Day" 1910 - uncredited
Love Me Tonight1932performer: "Mimi" 1932, "The Son of a Gun Is Nothing But a Tailor" 1932 - uncredited
Penrod and Sam1931performer: "My Country 'Tis of Thee" 1832 - uncredited

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Footlights Theater1952TV Series
Land of Liberty1939
Boo1932ShortSusan (edited from "The Cat Creeps") (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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