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Joyce Van Patten



Blonde, loquacious American actress Joyce Van Patten was being sent out for modelling assignments at the age of eight months. Her stagestruck mother advertised Van Patten and older brother Dick as "the Van Patten Kids," ready and willing to step into any juvenile roles available. At age 5, Joyce made her Broadway debut in Love's Old Sweet Song, which also featured Dick. Joyce was nine years old when she won the Donaldson award for her performance in the stage drama Tomorrow the World. She interrupted her stage career for a brief marriage at age 16 (her equally brief second marriage was to actor Martin Balsam), then at 20 played her first adult role in the Broadway comedy Desk Set. Her first film assignment was an unbilled bit in the Manhattan-lensed Fourteen Hours (1951), and her first regular TV stint was on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in the late '50s. Joyce has since been seen on a weekly basis in such TV series as The Danny Kaye Show (1963-66), The Good Guys (1968) (as Herb Edelman's good-natured wife), The Don Rickles Show (1972) (as Don's goodnatured wife) and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979) (as Mary's personal secretary, yet again good-natured). Joyce Van Patten's films have included The Goddess (1958), I Love You Alice B. Toklas (1968), St. Elmo's Fire (1984), and a rare "bitchy" appearance as the antagonistic athletic coach in The Bad News Bears (1976).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
37% God's Pocket
  • Aunt Sophie
2014
No Score Yet Angel's Perch
  • Actor
2013
64% The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
  • Mrs. McGowan
2012
65% This Must Be The Place
  • Dorothy Shore
2012
28% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding
  • Mariam
2012
10% Grown Ups
  • Gloria
2010
62% Infinity
  • Aunt Ruth
1996
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Jake's Women'
  • Edith
1996
No Score Yet Breathing Lessons
  • Serena
1994
No Score Yet Maid for Each Other
  • Leila
1992
No Score Yet The Haunted
  • Cora
1991
No Score Yet Trust Me
  • Nettie Brown
1989
50% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
  • Dorothy Mann
1988
21% Blind Date
  • Nadia's Mother
1987
No Score Yet Billy Galvin
  • Mae
1986
No Score Yet Under the Influence
  • Helen Talbot
1986
9% Crawlspace
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Malice in Wonderland
  • Actor
1985
84% The Falcon and the Snowman
  • Mrs. Boyce
1985
47% St. Elmo's Fire
  • Mrs. Beamish
1985
No Score Yet Rumor Mill
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet In Defense of Kids
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Eleanor, First Lady of the World
  • Tommy
1982
96% The Bad News Bears
  • Cleveland
1976
85% Mikey and Nicky
  • Jan
1976
No Score Yet The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
  • Ida Mae
1975
No Score Yet Winner Take All
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Stranger Within
  • Actor
1974
29% Mame
  • Sally
1974
No Score Yet The Bravos
  • Actor
1972
67% Bone
  • Bernadette
1972
No Score Yet For the Use of the Hall
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Thumb Tripping
  • Mother
1972
No Score Yet The Trouble with Girls
  • Maude
1969
17% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
  • Joyce
1968
No Score Yet The Goddess
  • Hillary
1958
100% 14 Hours
  • Barbara
1951
No Score Yet Reg'lar Fellers
  • Actor
1941

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
31% Made in Jersey
2012
  • Lilla
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Carol Prudy
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Ramona Stark
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Mae Zeller
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Eileen Ransome
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Agnes Silvestre

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