Monday, December 21, 2015

Longtime 'One Life to Live' Star Patricia Elliott Dead at 77

Patricia Elliott in 2013. - Photo: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Tony Award-winning actress Patricia Elliott, who starred for 23 years on ABC soap opera One Life to Live, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan, according to her niece, Sally Fay. Elliott, who had battled cancer, was 77.

Elliott was born in Gunnison, Colorado. She made her Broadway debut as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" and won the Tony Award for best featured actress in 1973.

She also was nominated for a Tony in 1977 in the original production of "The Shadow Box." Her other Broadway credits include "A Doll's House," ''A Month of Sundays" and "Hedda Gabler." For "The Elephant Man," she replaced Carole Shelley as Mrs. Kendal and her John Merricks included Philip Anglim and Bowie.

Elliott was on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater series from 1974 through 1982, and played Renee Divine Buchanan on One Life to Live from 1988 to 2011. She received two Soap Opera Digest Awards nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress.

She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960 and worked at the Cleveland Play House, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., among others.

Elliott starred in "Hay Fever" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and played Regina Giddens in "The Little Foxes" at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. She had guest roles on such TV shows as Kojak, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues.

Besides her niece, Elliott is survived by an aunt, Claudine Walker, and several cousins.

In the One Life to Live clip below, from 1988, Asa Buchanan (Philip Carey) asks Renee to marry him.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a loss for all of Daytime Soaps. RIP Ms. Elliott you will be missed by all who knew you, whether they are family, friends or fans! 😞