A true icon of Broadway and Hollywood has left us.
Patricia Morison, who starred opposite Yul Brynner in “The King and I” as well as the original stage production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” passed away on Sunday at the age of 103.
While Morison would become one of the most famed names in Broadway history, her start was anything but elegant.
She landed one of her first roles at the ripe old age of 18.
A member of the cast of “Growing Pains,” Morison just about cashed out when the show lasted all of 29 performances before being tossed into the trash bin.
She actually was not even supposed to make the final roster, but she “cried so hard, they gave me a walk-on.”
It took Morison several more years before landing another role, but that show did not go much better.
“The Two Bouquets” only lasted 55 shows, but Morison caught someone’s eye.
While the show itself was panned, Morison’s performance was applauded, and Paramount pictures signed her to a contract.
Morison would go on to star in several high-profile films, such as “Dressed to Kill,” “The Fallen Sparrow,” ‘Hitler’s Madman,” and “Without Love.”
Even though she was paying her rent, film was not where her true love fell.
Back on Stage
When the opportunity to play in “Kiss Me, Kate” arrived, Morison was actually already committed to play a role in a TV series.
Luckily, the producer of the show worked around her demanding schedule and was able to film all of her spots in less than two weeks, freeing Morison up for “Kiss Me, Kate.”
Her next big splash on Broadway would be in “The King and I.”
Of Morison, Brynner stated, “She was marvelous. I could do anything with her.”
You will be missed Ms. Morison. RIP.