Joyce Van Patten Biography (1934-)

Born March 9, 1934, in New York, NY; daughter of Richard (an interior decorator) and Josephine (a magazine advertising executive; maiden name, Acerno) VanPatten; sister of Dick Van Patten (an actor); married Martin Balsam (an actor, divorced); married Dennis Dugan (divorced); children: Talia Balsam. Addresses: Agent: Silver Massetti & Associates, 8730 Sunset Blvd., Suite440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
March 9, 1934
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) As the winner in a Shirley Temple look-alike contest, RKO Theatre, Richmond Hill, NY, 1936
  • (Broadway debut) Mae Yearlin, Love's Old Sweet Song, PlymouthTheatre, 1940
  • Marie Antoinette Benson, Popsy, 48th Street Theatre, New York City, 1941
  • Zoey, Family Honeymoon, Lakewood Theatre, Skowhegan, ME, 1941
  • Mary, This Rock, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1943
  • Patricia Frame, Tomorrow the World, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1943 , then at Elitch Gardens Theatre, Denver, CO, 1944
  • Helen Williams, The Perfect Marriage, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1944
  • Joan, The Wind Is Ninety, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1945
  • Ilka Morgan, The Bees and the Flowers, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1946 , then season at Elitch Gardens Theatre, Denver, 1949
  • Standby for the role of Ruth, The Man, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1950
  • Judy, Junior Miss, Lake Whalon Playhouse, MA, 1951
  • Joyce Reid, Put Them All Together, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT,1954
  • Elsa, The Desk Set, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Julie Gillis, The Tender Trap, Pocono Playhouse, Mountainhome, PA,1955
  • Myra Hagerman, Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, Pocono Playhouse, 1955
  • Shirl, A Hole in the Head, Plymouth Theatre, 1957
  • Mary Magdalene, Between Two Thieves, York Theatre, New York City,1960 , then at Theatre West, University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), 1961
  • Ensemble, Wild Wicked World (revue), Interlude Club, Hollywood, CA, 1962
  • Various roles, Spoon River Anthology, Theatre West, U.C.L.A., 1963, then in the production, retitled Spoon River, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Sarah, The Lover, the Theatre Group, U.C.L.A., 1965
  • Who Wants to Be the Lone Ranger, New Theatre for Now, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1971
  • Canina, Volpone, Mark Taper Forum, 1972
  • Spoon River, Theatre West, U.C.L.A., 1972
  • Twenty-Three Years Later, New Theatre for Now, Mark Taper Forum, 1973
  • The Kitchen, Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles, 1975
  • Doris, Same Time Next Year, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Marianne, Gethsemane Springs, Mark Taper Forum, 1977
  • Arlene Miller, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Triptych, U.C.L.A. Theatre Company, Los Angeles, 1979
  • Steffy, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, NewYork City, 1980
  • Pauline, The Seagull, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Florrie, The Supporting Cast, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Blanche, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, then Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Look Homeward, Angel, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1985
  • Taller than a Dwarf, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Also appeared in Jake's Women; Rumors; More to Love; Desk Set; Labor Day, Manhattan Theatre Club; Harold Prince's Show Boat, Chicago Company; Ivanov, Yale Repertory;All My Sons, San Jose Repertory; and Light Up the Sky, Hartford Stage.
  • Major Tours
  • Mae Yearling, Love's Old Sweet Song, U.S. cities, 1940
  • Judy, Junior Miss, summer theatres, 1946
  • Miriam, Dear Ruth, summer theatres, 1947
  • Monica, The Second Man, summer theatres, 1948
  • Pat, The Male Animal, summer theatres, 1953
  • Spice of Life, U.S. cities, 1955
  • Karen Nash, Muriel Tate, and Norma Hubley, Plaza Suite, U.S. cities, 1971
  • Ellen Manville, Luv, U.S. cities, 1974
  • Same Time Next Year, Canadian cities, 1975
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Mae, Reg'lar Fellers, PRC Pictures, 1941
  • Barbara, Ruth's friend, Fourteen Hours, Twentieth Century-Fox,1951
  • The Goddess, Columbia, 1958
  • Joyce, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (also known as Kiss My Butterfly), Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1968
  • Maude, The Trouble with Girls (also known as The Chautauquaand The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get Into It)), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Anna Fahrquardt, Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You, United Artists, 1970
  • Betty Fuller, Making It, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1970
  • Polly Standall, Something Big, National General, 1971
  • Mother, Thumb-Tripping, AVCO-Embassy, 1972
  • Bernadette, Bone (also known as Beverly Hills Nightmare, Dial Rat, Dial Rat for Terror, and Housewife), Jack HarrisEnterprises, 1972
  • Unreal, 1972
  • Ida Mae, Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery, 1973
  • Sally Cato, Mame, Warner Bros., 1974
  • Cleveland, The Bad News Bears, Paramount, 1976
  • Jan, Mikey and Nicky, Paramount, 1977
  • Mrs. Boyce, The Falcon and the Snowman, Orion, 1985
  • Mrs. Beamish, St. Elmo's Fire, Columbia, 1985
  • Crawlspace, 1986
  • Nadia's mother, Blind Date, 1987
  • Dorothy Mann, Monkey Shines (also known as Ella, and Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear), 1988
  • Nettie Brown, Trust Me, 1989
  • Aunt Ruth, Infinity, BMG, 1996
  • Mrs. Mahler, Show & Tell, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Olga, But I Don't Want to Get Married!, 1970
  • The Bravos, 1972
  • Grace Lockhard, Winter Kill, 1974
  • Phyllis, The Stranger Within (also known as Trespass), 1974
  • Sister of mercy, Columbo: Negative Reaction, 1974
  • Linette Robbin, Let's Switch!, 1975
  • Edie Gould, Winner Take All (also known as Time Lock), 1975
  • Ruth Lytton, Columbo: Old Fashioned Murder, 1976
  • Janet Murphy, Murder at the Mardi Gras, 1977
  • Ellen Dietz, The Comedy Company, 1978
  • Miss Wellington, You Can't Take it with You, 1979
  • Malvina 'Tommy' Thompson, Eleanor, First Lady of the World, 1982
  • Janet Stein, Another Woman's Child, 1983
  • Connie Frazier, The Demon Murder Case (also known as The RhodeIsland Murders), 1983
  • Caroline Ruben, In Defense of Kids, 1983
  • Dema Harshbarger, Malice in Wonderland (also known as The RumorMill), CBS, 1985
  • Harriet Goodman, Picking Up the Pieces, CBS, 1985
  • Helen Talbot, Under the Influence, 1986
  • Cora Miller, The Haunted, Fox, 1991
  • Leila, Maid for Each Other, NBC, 1992
  • Serena, Breathing Lessons, CBS, 1994
  • Erika Magnussen, The Gift of Love (also known as Set for Life), ABC, 1994
  • Edith, Neil Simon's Jake's Women, CBS, 1996
  • Series
  • First Janice Turner Hughes, As the World Turns, 1956-57
  • Nurse Clara Kershaw, Young Dr. Malone, NBC, 1959-60
  • The Brighter Day, CBS, 1961
  • The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, 1964-67
  • Claudia Gramus, The Good Guys, CBS, 1968-70
  • Jean Benedict, The Don Rickles Show, CBS, 1972
  • Iris Chapman, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, CBS, 1979
  • Maureen, Unhappily Ever After (also known as Unhappily), 1995-96
  • Television Appearances, Miniseries
  • Betty Eischied, To Kill a Cop, 1978
  • Elma Parkhill, The Martian Chronicles, ABC, 1980
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • "Dinner at Eight," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1948
  • Hollywood Screen Test, WJS, 1949
  • Martin Kane, Private Eye, CBS, 1949
  • Maud Pomfritt, Dobie Gillis, CBS, 1959
  • Armstrong Circle Theatre, 1960
  • The Wendy Barrie Show, WNTA, 1960
  • The Law and Mr. Jones, ABC, 1960
  • Ben Casey, ABC, 1961
  • The Verdict Is Yours, CBS, 1961
  • Bus Stop, ABC, 1962
  • Target: The Corruptors, ABC, 1962
  • Checkmate, CBS, 1962
  • The Detectives, NBC, 1962
  • Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1962
  • The Loretta Young Show, CBS, 1962
  • "Who Killed Edde Gannon?," Wide Country, NBC, 1962
  • The Alcoa Hour, 1963
  • Perry Mason, CBS, 1963
  • The Lloyd Bridges Show, CBS, 1963
  • Grace, "The Lonely Hours," Alfred Hitchcock, CBS, 1963
  • "Anybody Can Kill a Marshal," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1963
  • Stoney Burke, ABC, 1963
  • Claire Vale, "The Spoiler," The Untouchables, ABC, 1963
  • Eileen Ransome, "Passage on the Lady Anne," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1963
  • The Defenders, CBS, 1963
  • The Outer Limits, ABC, 1963
  • "Ring of Silence," The Virginian, 1965
  • Laura Hollander, "Opie Steps Up in Class," The Andy Griffith Show,1967
  • Jilted bride, "I Do I Don't," The Odd Couple, 1970
  • Gail Spencer, "Class Clown," Family Affair, 1970
  • "Turnabout," The F.B.I., 1971
  • "Paper Badge," Nichols, 1971
  • Connie Miller, "Let's Get Away from It, Almost," The Bob Newhart Show, 1972
  • Kate Werner Macklin, "A Flight of Hawks," Cannon, 1972
  • Mrs. Rudolph, "The House on Hyde Street," The Streets of San Francisco, 1973
  • Lianne Sweeny, "To Protect and Serve: Parts 1 and 2," The Rockford Files, 1977
  • Gloria, "Aftershock," Lou Grant, 1977
  • Harriet Meuller, Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1991
  • Belle Adderly, Sisters, NBC, 1991
  • Ramona Stark, Ph.D., "Extended Family," Law & Order, NBC, 1993
  • Sarah Emerson, "Murder at the Telethon," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1993
  • Emma, All-American Girl, ABC, 1994
  • Sylvia, "Family Business," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1999
  • Psychiatrist, "Nothing to Fear But Nothing to Fear," Now and Again, ABC, 1999
  • Pilots
  • "Pilot," Crazy Like a Fox, 1984
  • Specials
  • "The Flattering Word," Hour Glass, NBC, 1946
  • "Dinner at Eight," Hour Glass, NBC, 1948
  • "Brief Music," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1951
  • "The Killers," Buick Show, CBS, 1959
  • Burt and the Girls, 1973
  • Performer, Hotel 90, 1973
  • Maureen Langaree, Maureen, 1976
  • Lyla Plant, The Plant Family, 1978
  • Lila Manchester, A Christmas for Boomer, 1979
  • Barbara Thatcher, Bulba, 1981
  • Grace, Bus Stop, 1982
  • Day-to-Day Affairs, 1985
  • Ilene, Sirens, ABC, 1987
  • Mae, "Billy Galvin," American Playhouse Presents, PBS, 1987
  • Iris Braiman, Grandpa's Funeral, Showtime, 1995
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Debut, Let's Pretend, CBS, 1941
  • Reg'lar Fellers, CBS, 1941
  • Title role, Penny, 1946
  • My True Story, ABC, 1957
  • Episodic
  • Theatre Guild of the Air, 1950-55
  • Also appeared in Grand Central Station; Wendy Warren.

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