1957 was also the year that a supporting part in a high profile romance ensured that her face would be seen and her voice heard for decades and decades after...
An Affair to Remem- ber. She makes her entrance, as seen above, on a boat dock welcoming her fiance Grant home from a long oceanic crossing. A socialite, used to having her photo taken often, she is capable of carrying on her reunion while also angling for the appropriate flash photo.
Eleanor Parker enacted in The Sound of Music about eight years later. Not only does Patterson share the same quality of Parker's in making every conceivable gesture, expression and motion count, but she has the same sort of regal, arch, glamorous, yet conciliatory, bearing that Parker portrayed. She even has the very same departure line of "Auf Weidersehen" (!) delivered in a similarly smoky voice.
In 1957 Patterson wed for a third and final time to a man named James Lee, who she'd met a few years earlier when he was working props on The Seven Year Itch. With Lee, she adopted an infant daughter (Megan) as well as a thirteen year-old Italian boy (Filippo.)
1958 brought the film Too Much, Too Soon, a semi-biographical film about Diana Barrymore, in which she played star Dorothy Malone's mother. The controlling, disapprov- ing, highly-glamorous role exemplifies the sort of characters that would keep her active on screen for many a year to come.
Jack Lord, Martha Hyer and Frances Farmer! As the 1960s dawned, she appeared on the popular medical drama Ben Casey as loyal secretary to patient Chester Morris, who's suffering from a brain tumor as well as a potential corporate takeover of his company.
Keir Dullea) and a girl who can only speak in rhymes (Janet Margolin) at a mental institution.
Shirley Knight and turned out to be a coven of Satan worshipers! Note the unusual frost job she was sporting on her iconic hair during this time (and the way the fish-eye lens captures her face much the way it did back in her live TV days on Suspense!) I LOVE the way she looks in the photo below during one of the group's rituals.
Bea Arthur's old school pals who has now emerged as a militant feminist. Even the ultra-liberal Maude could barely take Patterson's severe viewpoints, which leads to a bit of a stand-off.