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Category: Entertainment
Reference No: 10198
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Gail Patrick

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Slim, elegant American actress.

Gail Patrick was once the 21-year-old Dean of women students at her alma mater of Howard College, and briefly studied law at University of Alabama. She was brought to Paramount during that studio's nationwide contest to find an actress to play "the Panther Woman" in Island of Lost Souls (1932). Patrick lost this role to Kathleen Burke, but won a Paramount contract, and co-starred in the studio's horror film follow-up to Island of Lost Souls, Murders in the Zoo (1933). She played several leading roles - including a lady lawyer in Disbarred (1939) - but was more effective as a cold, calculating, hard-as-nails villainess or "other woman".

Patrick starred in three great film classics. In the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936), she was at odds with Carole Lombard as a spoiled, treacherous sister; in Stage Door (1937), she engaged in some marvellous cat fights with Ginger Rogers as a cynical wannabe actress, and in My Favorite Wife (1940) she played Cary Grant's exacting second wife who must contend with the reappearance of his first, supposedly dead wife Irene Dunne.

Patrick's third husband (from 1947) was Thomas Cornwall Jackson, literary agent of Perry Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner. Retired from acting since 1948, Patrick and her husband co-produced the popular Perry Mason TV series, which ran from 1957 to 1966. She made a brief return to acting as a judge in the final Mason episode, which also featured Erle Stanley Gardner himself in a bit role.

She died of leukaemia in 1980.

This is a very fine signed and inscribed album page (5.25" x 4"), with the actress signing in her married name ("To Louise from Gail Patrick Jackson") in blue fountain pen ink. In excellent condition.