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Patty McCormack



Because the two actresses tended to play the same type of overwrought roles in the mid-1950s, juvenile stars Patty McCormick and Patty Duke were sometimes mistaken for one another during this period. But once seen in her starmaking role as the homicidal preteen Rhoda Penmark in The Bad Seed (in which she starred on Broadway in 1954 and in the film version in 1956), Patty McCormick can never be confused with anyone else. A pro from the age of four, McCormick was in films from 1951 and TV from 1953. After Bad Seed, she was second-billed as a bratty child star in the theatrical-film Kathy O' (1957) and was headlined in her own 1958 sitcom, Peck's Bad Girl. The uniqueness that characterized McCormick's appearances as a child evaporated when she reached maturity; though she was more than competent playing disturbed teenagers in films like The Miniskirt Mob (1967) and The Young Runaways (1968), these were parts that could have been played equally well by a dozen other young actresses. She acted sporadically into the 1970s and 1980s, her longest assignment being the role of Jeffrey Tambor's upwardly mobile wife on the TV sitcom The Ropers. In 1995, Patty McCormick starred in the direct-to-video Mommy, playing a grown-up edition of the murderous Rhoda from The Bad Seed.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% The Master
  • Mildred Drummond
2012
No Score Yet Soda Springs
  • Beth
2012
No Score Yet 2nd Take
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Citizen Jane
  • Gertrude
2009
No Score Yet A Christmas Proposal
  • Actor
2008
92% Frost/Nixon
  • Pat Nixon
2008
No Score Yet Mystery Woman: Snapshot
  • Actor
2005
83% Heart of the Beholder
  • Diane's Mother
2005
67% Shallow Ground
  • Helen Reedy
2004
No Score Yet Robin Cook's Acceptable Risk
  • Lois
2001
No Score Yet The Medicine Show
  • Janice Piegi
2001
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Silent Predators
  • Vera Conrad
1999
No Score Yet Mommy II: Mommy's Day
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Mommy
  • Mommy
1994
33% Don Quixote
  • Actor
1992
17% Saturday the 14th Strikes Back
  • Kate Baxter
1988
No Score Yet Private Road: No Trespassing
  • Alice
1987
No Score Yet Invitation to Hell
  • Mary Peterson
1984
No Score Yet Night Partners
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Awakening of Cassie
  • Actor
1982
29% Bug
  • Sylvia Ross
1975
No Score Yet The Mini-Skirt Mob
  • Edie
1968
No Score Yet Maryjane
  • Susan Hoffman
1968
No Score Yet The Young Animals
  • Janet
1968
No Score Yet The Explosive Generation
  • Janet Sommers
1961
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Joanna Wilkes
1960
68% The Bad Seed
  • Rhoda Penmark
1956
No Score Yet All Mine to Give
  • Annabelle Eunson
1956
No Score Yet The Medicine Show
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Kathy O'
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Betty Dwyer
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Teresa Pruitt
45% GCB
2012
  • Chessy Bolton
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Cynthia
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Marcia Gordon

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