Patricia Elliot

From her NY Times Obituary, December 22, 2015

Patricia Elliott, who auditioned for the role of Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on a whim when she was 20 and went on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and a soap opera star, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan. She was 77.

The cause was leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, said her niece, Sally Fay.

Ms. Elliott won a Tony for best featured actress in a musical (and a Drama Desk Award) in 1973 for playing a Swedish countess in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” her Broadway debut. Four years later, she was nominated for a Tony for her performance as the catty estranged wife of a terminal cancer patient in Michael Cristofer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Shadow Box.”

Ms. Elliott won another Drama Desk Award in 1978 for playing the common-sensical maid in the Circle in the Square’s production of Molière’s “Tartuffe.” She also played opposite Philip Anglim and then David Bowie on Broadway in “The Elephant Man” in the early 1980s.

As a daytime television star, from 1988 to 2011, Ms. Elliott portrayed Renee Divine, the former madam who ran the Palace Hotel, on the ABC series “One Life to Live.”

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Actor Lillian Wald: At Home on Henry Street 1986-87 Season