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Patricia Owens

Highest Rated:   100% Sayonara (1957)
Lowest Rated:   95% The Fly (1958)
Birthplace:   Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Canadian-born actress Patricia Owens moved to England with her parents in 1933, and ten years later, at age 18, she made her motion-picture debut in Val Guest's musical comedy Miss London Ltd. The following year, she had a small role in Harold French's social satire English Without Tears. Her career continued in this manner for the next few years, Owens getting ever-larger roles in generally better movies (though not always -- the same year in which she worked in the Launder-Gilliat production of The Happiest Days of Your Life, one of the funniest movies ever made in England, she also appeared in the abysmal Old Mother Riley, Headmistress). Her career took a giant step upward when she was seen by a 20th Century Fox executive while performing in a theatrical production of Sabrina Fair and was offered a screen test. The result was a contract with the studio and a move to Hollywood. Her first American film was Island in the Sun (1956) for Fox, and then Owens was loaned out to Warner Bros. to play opposite Marlon Brando in the drama Sayonara (1957), one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. Owens spent the rest of 1957 working mostly on loan-out, but it was a 1958 Fox production that secured her place in motion picture history -- as Helene Delambre, the wife of scientist Andre Delambre in The Fly. Owens carried much of the film's story and drama, which were told in flashback from her character's point-of-view. The Fly was one of the most successful science fiction movies of the decade; the image of Owens unmasking her stricken husband and screaming at what she sees -- and the shot of her horrified visage seen in a "fly's eye" view -- became one of the defining moments in the genre. Unfortunately for Owens, she never got another movie half as good as The Fly, from Fox or anyone else, and in 1961 was reduced to working in the threadbare, backlot POW/jungle chase drama Seven Women From Hell. Owens made occasional television appearances, on series such as Perry Mason and Burke's Law, but these were relatively infrequent. By 1965, she was working in Black Spurs, one of producer A.C. Lyles' B-Westerns, renowned for their use of aging genre stars, and Owens retired from movies after portraying Richard Egan's love interest in the low-budget espionage thriller The Destructors (1968). Her last professional appearance was in a 1968 episode of Lassie.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Destructors
  • Charlie
No Score Yet Do You Know This Voice?
  • Actor
No Score Yet X-15
  • Margaret Brandon
No Score Yet Seven Women From Hell
  • Grace Ingram
No Score Yet Hell to Eternity
  • Sheila
No Score Yet These Thousand Hills
  • Joyce
No Score Yet The Gun Runners
  • Lucy Martin
95% The Fly
  • Helene Delambre
No Score Yet The Law and Jake Wade
  • Peggy Carter
100% Sayonara
  • Eileen Webster
No Score Yet Island in the Sun
  • Sylvia Fleury
No Score Yet The Good Die Young
  • Air Hostess
No Score Yet The Unholy Four (The Stranger Came Home)
  • Blonde
No Score Yet Ghost Ship
  • Actor
No Score Yet Crow Hollow
  • Willow
No Score Yet The Happiest Days of Your Life
  • Angela Parry
No Score Yet Old Mother Riley, Headmistress
  • Actor
No Score Yet Things Happen at Night
  • Actor

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