Pat Crowley

Patricia Crowley (born September 17, 1933) is an American actress.[1]

Pat Crowley
Crowley in 1965.
Patricia Crowley

(1933-09-17) September 17, 1933
Years active1950–2012
Spouse(s)Ed Hookstratten
(m. 1957; div. 19??)
Andy Friendly
(m. 1986)

Early life

Crowley was born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania,[2] the daughter of Helen (née Swartz) and coal mining foreman Vincent Crowley. Her sister Ann was also an actress.


Crowley played Sally Carver in the film Forever Female (1953), starring Ginger Rogers and William Holden. She starred as Doctor Autumn Claypool alongside Martin and Lewis in Money from Home (1953), and in their final film together Hollywood or Bust (1956), in which she played Terry Roberts.

Her roles in Forever Female and Money from Home led to her receiving the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress.[3]

She also co-starred with Rosemary Clooney in a 1954 musical, Red Garters, and with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in the 1956 drama There's Always Tomorrow. She had a starring role opposite Tony Curtis in the boxing drama The Square Jungle (1955) and the Audie Murphy western Walk the Proud Land, and was also featured in 1963's The Wheeler Dealers, a comedy starring James Garner and Lee Remick.

Crowley starred as Judy Foster in the daytime version of A Date with Judy on ABC-TV in 1951.[4]

Crowley made guest appearances in many television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including the pilot for The Untouchables, Crossroads, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Riverboat, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Eleventh Hour, The Roaring 20s, Mr. Novak, The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

She was the only actress to appear as leading lady for both James Garner and Roger Moore in the same episode of Maverick, titled "The Rivals", a 1958 reworking of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comedy of manners play. She changed her billing for various Maverick episodes from "Patricia Crowley" to "Pat Crowley" and back again.

She starred from 1965 to 1967 as Joan Nash in the NBC-MGM television sitcom Please Don't Eat the Daisies, based on the 1957 book by Jean Kerr[5] and the 1960 Doris Day/David Niven film of the same name.[1] In 1975-1976, she played Georgia Cameron on the Joe Forrester television series.[5]:537

Crowley sang and danced on The Dean Martin Show. She made guest appearances on episodes of Bonanza, Charlie's Angels, Columbo, Police Woman, The Streets of San Francisco, Hawaii 5-0, The Rockford Files, The Feather and Father Gang, Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (in the episode "The Force of Evil"),[6] and Murder, She Wrote, as well as sitcoms like Happy Days, The Love Boat, Empty Nest, Roseanne, Frasier and Friends.

She became known to a later era of television viewers for her roles on the serials Generations from 1989–90, Port Charles from 1997 to 2003, and The Bold and the Beautiful in 2005. She appeared as Emily Fallmont on ten episodes of the nighttime soap opera Dynasty in 1986. More recently, Crowley portrayed the widow of baseball's Roger Maris in the biopic 61*, directed by Billy Crystal. She appeared in a 2006 episode of The Closer and a 2009 episode of Cold Case.

Throughout her career, she was confused with actress Kathleen Crowley, who appeared in practically all of the same TV series during the same time frame, though they never appeared together. They were not related. Walt Disney's actor Fess Parker noted in his Archive of American Television interview that there were two actresses named Crowley whom everyone was always mixing up, one tall (Pat) and one short (Kathleen), and that he was paired with the shorter Crowley for one project, despite being 6 ft 6 in tall.

Personal life

Crowley has been married twice, first to attorney and entertainment agent Ed Hookstratten, whose clients included Elvis Presley, Johnny Carson and Tom Brokaw, and since 1986 to television producer Andy Friendly.

Crowley, a Republican, endorsed Dwight Eisenhower for re-election in the 1956 presidential election.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1953Forever FemaleClara Mootz aka Sally Carver
1953Money from HomeDr. Autumn Claypool
1954Red GartersSusan Martinez De La Cruz
1955There's Always TomorrowAnn
1955The Square JungleJulie Walsh
1956Walk the Proud LandMary Dennison
1956Hollywood or BustTerry RobertsA Martin & Lewis comedy
1960Key WitnessAnn Morrow
1963The Wheeler DealersEloise Cott
1964To Trap a SpyElaine May Bender Donaldson(archive footage)
1971Columbo - Death Lends a HandMrs. Lenore Kennicutt(as Patricia Crowley)
1972The Biscuit EaterMary Lee McNeil
2012Mont ReveMrs. Cottington(final film role)


  1. "Pat Crowley- Biography". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  2. Monush, Barry (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 163. ISBN 9781557835512. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  3. "Pat Crowley". Golden Globe Awards. Archived from the original on 6 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  4. McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 199. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
  5. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 842. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  6. Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977),; accessed January 30, 2015.
  7. Motion Picture Magazine, Issue 549, November 1956, Brewster Publications, Inc., Page. 27
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