Another largely forgotten Hollywood starlet, Miss Patricia Medina - the exotic half-Spanish beauty who starred alongside such box-office favourites (among others) as Alan Ladd, Gene Kelly, Glenn Ford, Lana Turner, Donald O’Connor, Abbot & Costello, James Mason, Karl Malden, Claudette Colbert and Walter Pidgeon, and married two of them (Richard Greene, and later Joseph Cotten) - was actually born in Liverpool, of all places.
Her father's family were wealthy banana-growers and she was brought up in high social circles among the Spanish community in London, before being "discovered", almost by accident, by Hollywood.
Facts about Miss Medina:
- Her birth name was "Paz", which she later Anglicised to "Patricia".
- She won a screen test for Warner Brothers in a competion entered (secretly) by her mother.
- Despite starring in numerous films, Miss Medina's greatest success was not on the big screen, but on American TV - in series such as Zorro, and the panel show What's My Line?.
- Her husband Joseph Cotten called her “the most beautiful woman in the world”.
- She played the friendly prostitute Betty in The Killing Of Sister George.
- She only died last year, aged 92.
"I was nearly always cast as someone of mysterious origin, not too clearly designated but probably from some Southern European country."
Patricia Medina (19th July 1919 – 28th April 2012)