1950s actress Patricia Medina dies at age 92

By Daniel S Levine,

Actress Patricia Medina, who starred alongside actors like Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd and Karl Malden, died this past weekend at the age of 92.

Close friend Meredith Silverbach told The Los Angeles Times that Medina died at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday. She had been in declining health as of late.

Medina was the widow of the late Citizen Kane actor Joseph Cotten, who died in 1994 at the age of 88.

According to CBS News, the British-born actress began her Hollywood career following World War II and was first signed to MGM. Throughout the 1950s, she starred with comedy team Abbott and Costello in Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Plunder of the Sun with Ford, Botany Bay with Ladd and Phantom of the Rue Morgue with Malden. She also starred in Orson Welles’ 1955 film Mr. Arkadin.

Variety notes that later in her career, Medina found a niche for herself on American television, making appearances on Perry Mason, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Rawhide. Her last acting credit was the 1978 Mexican film El llanto de los pobres.

In 1998, Medina penned an autobiography titled Laid Back in Hollywood, which is no longer in print.



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