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!”
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)