Patricia Medina, the British-born actress who became one of Hollywood's best known leading ladies with appearances in 'Francis' and the Orson Welles crime-thriller 'Mr Arkadin', has died aged 92, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The widow of actor Joseph Cotton, Medina died on Saturday (April 28, 2012) at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. Her close friend Meredith Silverbach said she had been in declining health for some time. A dark haired beauty launched her film career in England in the late 1930's and eventually signed to Mgm, where she played the lead in movies such as 'Abbot and Costello in the Foreign Legion' (1950), 'Sangaree' (1953) and 'Plunder of the Sun' (1953). Speaking of her friend, Silverbach said, "She was a stunning woman.In her youth, they called her 'the most beautiful face in England". She married Cotton in 1960 in a ceremony at the home of David O. Selznick and Jennifer Jones. The couple quickly became a popular duo in Hollywood, with Vernon Scott writing in 2000, "Medina and Cotten were a curious pair.She is a vivacious extrovert. Cotton was a gentlemanly Virginian, a quiet, considerate man.At myriad parties and industry events they were inseparable, among the most popular couples in town. They represented stability in this socially unstable community".
Medina's autobiography 'Laid Back in Hollywood', was first published in 1998. Her last movie role came in the 1987 Mexican film 'El Ilanto de los Pobres'.