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Pat Morison
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    (March 19, 1915-May 20, 2018)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Eileen Patricia Augusta Fraser Morison
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ (1948-51) and ‘The King and I’ (1954)
    Appeared in the films ‘Untamed’ (1940), ‘Romance of the Rio Grande’ (1941), ‘Are Husbands Necessary?’ (1942), ‘Hitler’s Madman’ (1943), ‘The Song of Bernadette’ (1943), ‘Calling Dr. Death’ (1945), ‘Without Love’ (1945), ‘Dressed to Kill’ (1946), ‘Song of the Thin Man’ (1947), ‘Tarzan and the Huntress’ (1947), ‘Prince of Thieves’ (1947), ‘Queen of the Amazons’ (1947), ‘Song Without End’ (1960) and ‘Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood’ (1975)
    She was frequently typecast in films as ‘the other woman.’
    She reportedly had the longest hair of any Hollywood starlet at 39 inches.
    Paramount promoted her with the tagline ‘Lamour plus Lamarr equals LaMorison.’
    She had a role in ‘Kiss of Death’ (1947), as Victor Mature’s wife, who is raped and then commits suicide, that might have garnered her an Oscar nomination. However, Hollywood censors refused to allow either the rape or suicide to be depicted on screen, so her entire part was cut.
    When she got frustrated with the roles she received in Hollywood, she gained weight until the studio fired her. (‘I overate my way out of the Paramount contract.’)
    She studied dance with Martha Graham.
    She entertained soldiers overseas with the USO during World War II.
    She was Cole Porter’s personal choice to star in ‘Kiss Me Kate.’
    She was also a painter who had several showings in and around Los Angeles.
    She had to undergo a double hip replacement after being struck by a car while in a crosswalk (2000).
    When she was 99, she performed ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ from ‘Kiss Me Kate’ for a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit.

Credit: C. Fishel

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