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April 21, 2023

45 Gorgeous Photos of Gail Patrick in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1911 as Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in Birmingham, Alabama, American actress Gail Patrick appeared in more than 60 feature films between 1932 and 1948, notably My Man Godfrey (1936), Stage Door (1937), and My Favorite Wife (1940).

After retiring from acting, she became, as Gail Patrick Jackson, president of Paisano Productions and executive producer of the Perry Mason television series (1957–1966). She was one of the first female producers, and the only female executive producer in prime time during the nine years Perry Mason was on the air.

Patrick served two terms (1960–1962) as vice president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and as president of its Hollywood chapter—the first woman to serve in a leadership capacity in the academy, and its only female leader until 1983.

Patrick died in 1980 from leukemia at the age of 69 at her Hollywood home of more than thirty years. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Gail Patrick in the 1930s and 1940s.


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