watching YOU BET YOUR LIFE on Netflix during dinner tonight, I was
surprised to see British-born actress Patricia Cutts as a guest
contestant. What's even more surprising is that I recognized her first
as a PERRY MASON guest star before I connected her as the philandering
wife of Vincent Price in THE TINGLER, the one whom he assures a certain
gun could make a hole in her "the size of a medium grapefruit."
always such a sleek, scheming, cold-blooded, glamorous character in
those of her portrayals I've seen, it was a treat to see how casual, romantic (she chose "Great Lovers of History" as her quiz area) and daffy she apparently was in real life. It was
mentioned on the show that she and Groucho were friends ("I know you,
Pat, but not as well as I'd like to," the host brashly admitted) and, if
her body language was any indication, she appeared a bit smitten with
him. While looking for a picture to illustrate this notice, I discovered
that she died from a barbiturate overdose in 1974 at the tragically
young age of 48 -- only two days into what would have been a
long-running role in the venerable British series CORONATION STREET. Her
replacement stayed with the show until her own death in the late 1990s.
Anyway, pay Pat Cutts a visit -- she's in Netflix's Episode 9 of YOU
BET YOUR LIFE.