Tuesday, May 14, 2013

RIP Patricia Donahue

Patricia Donahue (Patricia Mahar) was born on June 21, 1925 in New York City.
She was a well-known TV star who also made a couple of movie appearances.
Patricia appeared in 18 Western Films and TV appearances
From her marriage with Sam Donahue she has two sons, composer Marc (1953-2002) and famous guitar player Jerry (1946).
Patricia died on June 11, 2012, peacefully in her sleep following a blood clot that occurred as a result of a recent operation. She was 87 (6 Mar 1925 - 11 Jun 2012).
Her son Jerry confirmed her correct birthdate and passing. He also mentions:
“When I was growing up, it always felt weird to me, watching her on the screen
acting like someone totally opposite to the person she actually was. Though I'd
been told by her friends and colleagues, all the while, just how good an actress
she was, I didn't truly believe it myself till I was an adult and could be objective
while watching her works. I've made up for it in recent years as I've managed to
acquire a good many of her best works,  telling her how impressed I was with her.
It made her very happy!”

Thanks to Randolph Scott for the alerting me to her passing.


DONAHUE, Patricia (Patricia Mahan)
Born: 6/21/1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/11/2012, U.S.A.

Patricia Donahue’s westerns – actress:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1956
Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Joan)
The Californians (TV) – 1958 (Junie)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Joyce Kendall)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Joyce Howell, Billie Tuesday
Trackdown (TV) – 1959 (Jan Palmer)
Zane Grey (TV) – 1959 (Sally Esky)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1960 (Fran Whitney)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Barbara McLain)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1960 (Clara)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 (Edie Shaw)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) – 1960 (Laura White)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Regina Darien)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 (Elena)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Mrs. Livvy Underhill)
The Fastest Guitar Alive – 1967
Shalako – 1968 [dialogue coach]
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Mrs. Slater)


  1. 1925 is her correct date of birth according to her son Jerry.

  2. She was a beautiful women! And a great actress of
    Her time.

  3. I'll never forget Patricia Donahue's performance in the
    "Twilight Zone". She was so convincing. A gorgeous lady playing a cold-hearted wife. She stole the whole scene.

  4. I just seen her on twilght zone. I google a lot of actresses I see in old movies.very beautiful and talented women...

  5. I just seen her on twilght zone. I google a lot of actresses I see in old movies.very beautiful and talented women...

    1. Just watch her on the Bowery boys beautiful legs

  6. Crushed on her forever! Beautiful. A great actress. Watched alot of westerns because of her! God rest her soul.

  7. just had the pleasure of seeing her as "Regina Darien" in the TV series Bonanza from 1960, and I must say; what an amazing actor

  8. I just saw Patricia on a 1959 Perry Mason episode,The Case of The Artful Dodger. Patricia was a good actress. Almost all the good ones I grew up with are gone now.