Playbill reports Tony Award-winning actress Patricia Elliott has passed away at age 77, after a battle with cancer. A star of stage and screen, Elliott won her Tony in 1973, for her role as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, in A Little Night Music.
From 1988 to 2011, Elliott was a mainstay on the long-running daytime drama, One Life to Live. Elliot left Llanview and the role of Renee Divine Buchanan, in 2011, a year before One Life to Live was cancelled by ABC.
Patricia Elliott was born in Gunnison, Colorado, on July 21, 1938, to Clyde Porterfield Elliott and the former Lavon Lucille Gibson. She was a direct descendant of Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Ms. Elliott graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960, with a degree in English Literature. She went on to study at the London (England) Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
She began her career working in repertory, at the Cleveland Playhouse and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She moved to New York in 1968. Soon, she was playing the role of Regan opposite Lee J. Cobb in a Lincoln Center production of the tragedy King Lear. Her other early Broadway roles were also in classics, including King Henry V, A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler.
Ms. Elliott’s off-Broadway credits include The Prince of Homburg, Misalliance, The Voice of the Turtle, Love Letters, Durang/Durang, Vita & Virginia and the Leonard Bernstein musical revue, By Bernstein.
Ms. Elliott’s 1960 marriage to Christopher Vivien Hawthorne Fay ended in divorce in 1962. In addition to her niece, Sally Fay, she is survived by an aunt, Claudine Walker, and several cousins.
In 2015, Ms. Elliott established the Patricia Elliott Theatre Scholarship at her alma mater, the University of Colorado.
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