Patricia Roc
English actress
Patricia Roc
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).
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The troubled heart of Ealing and British postwar cinema - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Audiences loved the sadomasochistic sturm und drang of the Gainsborough melodramas, in which James Mason, Jean Kent, Phyllis Calvert and Patricia Roc mounted horses and slapped each other about. They thrilled to the Eastmancolor blood sports of the
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Classic Western Round-Up: Volume 1 There is one excellent reason to pick up Universal's ''Classic Western Round-Up: Volume 1,'' and that is Jacques Tourneur's 1946 ''Canyon Passage,'' a western that resembles no other and remains one of the great unsung achievements of American filmmaking. There are two more good reasons to pick up the set: King
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NYTimes - almost 34 years
SALUTATIONS There's a lot of trans-Atlantic cultural saluting going on lately from Britain to New York. A part of Britain Salutes New York festival has begun in the film series now in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2 at the Museum of Modern Art, 18 West 54th Street. ''A Salute to the National Film Archive, British Film Institute'' is screening 18
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Best Films on TV
NYTimes - almost 35 years
'Seven Moons' ''Madonna of the Seven Moons'' (1946) is a strange one, seldom shown but oddly satisfying, although it also taxes credibility -it will shown Sunday at 12:30 A.M. on Channel 9. Based on a supposedly true case of schizophrenia, it centers on a sedate wife and mother, in a Florentine villa, who every six years resumes another kind of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patricia Roc
  • 2003
    Age 87
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It showed them gazing deeply into each other’s eyes.
  • 1995
    Age 79
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Police had to rescue her when she was mobbed by hundreds of fans as she left St Paul’s Cathedral with her son.
  • 1962
    Age 46
    She was married, a third and final time, to Walter Reif in 1962, and a year later retired.
    More Details Hide Details During her retirement, she moved to Locarno, where she later died of kidney failure.
  • 1952
    Age 36
    In 1952 Roc co-starred with the Rank Organisation’s ‘Mr Beefcake’ Anthony Steel, in the film Something Money Can’t Buy.
    More Details Hide Details Succumbing to what she described as Steel’s ‘animal magnetism’ (‘I’m afraid he was very, very good in bed’), she began an affair which resulted in the birth of a son, Michael. Her husband André, although knowing the child could not be his as he could not have children, accepted paternity, but suffered a massive stroke in 1956, and died at the age of 45.
  • 1949
    Age 33
    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).
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  • 1947
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1945
    Age 29
    And there, in August 1945 on her second day in Tinseltown, she met Ronald Reagan over lunch at the famous Brown Derby restaurant.
    More Details Hide Details They had an intense affair and Reagan wanted to marry her.
  • 1941
    Age 25
    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).
    More Details Hide Details This hastened the collapse of his first marriage to the actress Kay Young. Her scandalous affairs with married men earned her the name of ‘Bed Roc’ within the film industry. In Johnny Frenchman, the voluptuous Roc played opposite Ralph Michael, who was married to the actress Fay Compton, sister of the novelist and playwright Sir Compton Mackenzie. Roc embarked on yet another affair. Miss Compton, who never forgave her, divorced Ralph Michael, citing Roc, while Roc’s husband Murray Laing divorced her, citing Ralph Michael. After filming The Wicked Lady, in which, ironically, she played the ‘good girl’ to Margaret Lockwood’s villainess, Roc departed for Hollywood to star in the Western Canyon Passage.
  • 1939
    Age 23
    Two weeks after the outbreak of war in 1939, Roc married Canadian-born Mayfair osteopath Dr Murray Laing, 12 years her senior.
    More Details Hide Details A possessive husband, who objected to his beautiful young wife kissing other men on screen, Laing soon had real cause for jealousy.
  • 1938
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was employed by the studio of J. Arthur Rank, who called her "the archetypal British beauty" She achieved her greatest level of popularity in British films during the Second World War in escapist melodramas for Gainsborough Studios. She played prominent roles in some patriotic films of the period, such as Let the People Sing (1941) with Alastair Sim and We'll Meet Again (1943) with Vera Lynn. She co-starred with Phyllis Calvert, Jean Kent and Flora Robson as an internment camp inmate in Two Thousand Women (1944). Love Story (1944) allowed her to play the jealous rival of Margaret Lockwood. She later commented that although they were required to slap each other's faces, she and Lockwood were always the best of friends. They played rivals in two subsequent films, The Wicked Lady (1944) and Jassy (1945). Roc's more overt sexuality in such films as The Wicked Lady was downplayed for the American market; her décolletage led US censors to call for retakes to de-emphasise it) and "the Goddess of Odeons", whilst Noël Coward said she was "a phenomenon" and "an unspoiled film star who can act". She played the central role in Millions Like Us, a powerful World War II film, made by Launder and Gilliat, which portrayed the changes that wartime wrought on the 'home front', starring alongside Gordon Jackson.
  • 1937
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She did not learn that she was adopted until 1949.
  • 1915
    Born on June 7, 1915.
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