Patricia Roc

Born Jun 7, 1915

Patricia Roc, born Felicia Miriam Ursula Herold, was a British film actress, popular in the Gainsborough melodramas such as Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945) and The Wicked Lady (1945), though she only made one film in Hollywood, Canyon Passage (1946). She also appeared in Jassy (1945), The Brothers (1947) and When the Bough Breaks (1947).… Read More

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1915 Birth Born on June 7, 1915.


1937 22 Years Old The adoptive daughter of a Dutch-Belgian father, André Riese, a wealthy stockbroker, and a half-French mother, she was educated at private schools in London and Paris, before joining RADA in 1937. … Read More
1938 23 Years Old Roc began as a stage actress, debuting in the 1938 London production of Nuts in May, in which she was seen by Alexander Korda who cast her in a leading role as a Polish princess in The Rebel Son. … Read More
1939 24 Years Old Two weeks after the outbreak of war in 1939, Roc married Canadian-born Mayfair osteopath Dr Murray Laing, 12 years her senior. … Read More
1941 26 Years Old While filming The Farmer’s Wife in 1941, Roc plunged headlong into a torrid affair with her co-star, Michael Wilding (who was later to marry Elizabeth Taylor). … Read More


1945 30 Years Old And there, in August 1945 on her second day in Tinseltown, she met Ronald Reagan over lunch at the famous Brown Derby restaurant. … Read More
1947 32 Years Old In 1947 she had an affair with the Scottish director David MacDonald who was directing her in the film The Brothers, causing the breakup of his marriage.
1949 34 Years Old Roc married again in 1949 to André Thomas, a lighting cameraman, and moved to Paris where she started to work more and more in French and Italian cinema (along with a French-Canadian feature in Quebec).
1952 37 Years Old In 1952 Roc co-starred with the Rank Organisation’s ‘Mr Beefcake’ Anthony Steel, in the film Something Money Can’t Buy. … Read More


1962 47 Years Old She was married, a third and final time, to Walter Reif in 1962, and a year later retired. … Read More


1995 80 Years Old In 1995, at the age of 80, she returned to London to attend the thanksgiving service for the life of her brother-in-law, tennis champion Fred Perry (whose fourth wife was her sister). … Read More
2003 88 Years Old 1 More Event
Right to the end of her life, on 30 December 2003, she kept a photograph of Reagan and herself in the drawing-room of her Swiss home at Minusio, overlooking Lake Maggiore. … Read More
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