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January 7, 2021

The Archetypal British Beauty: Glamorous Photos of Patricia Roc in the 1940s

Born 1915 as born Felicia Miriam Ursula Herold in London, English actress Patricia Roc began her career as a stage actress, debuting in the 1938 London production of Nuts in May, in which she was seen by Alexander Korda, who gave her an uncredited bit in The Divorce of Lady X (1938) and then a leading role as a Polish princess in The Rebel Son.

Roc 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 such as Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945) and The Wicked Lady (1945), though she only made one film in Hollywood, Canyon Passage (1946).

Roc also appeared in Millions Like Us (1943), Jassy (1945), The Brothers (1947) and When the Bough Breaks (1947). She did little acting work after the death of her husband, making only a few television appearances including the first episode of The Saint.

Roc died in 2003 at the age of 88.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Patricia Roc in the 1940s.


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