Patricia's stardom was sealed with a kiss from Connery
AN ACTRESS told she was not pretty enough to succeed in 1950s' Hollywood left America and made a career for herself in the UK after kissing Sean Connery.
Radio and TV star of the 1950s and 1960s, Detroit-born Patricia English, 81, gave up the dizzy heights of Hollywood to become an actress in London before retiring to Portscatho with her husband.
Her career was kick-started after a performance with Connery, in the 1959 stage play The Seashell, where she became the envy of women nationwide after kissing the fledgling Scottish sex symbol.
She said: "At the time I did not think he was that great an actor, but he obviously improved.
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"We necked on stage each night. It didn't feel weird, it's just what you had to do as an actress."
She also starred in a play alongside Dame Judi Dench.
Furthermore, at 12 years old, she was cast in the original Lone Ranger radio series broadcast in America.
The Lone Ranger has this month been released as a blockbuster movie starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter and Armie Hammer.
She said: "I remember it being an exciting time recording the Lone Ranger series. I was quite young and played an extra.
"I do remember the producer trying to Americanise my accent. Even though I was born in the States, I had lessons from an English teacher.
"I haven't seen the new Lone Ranger film but it might bring back some old memories."
The Avengers, Point Counterpoint, The Count of Monte Cristo and Detective were some of the TV series she has appeared in.
She left Hollywood during her twenties after being repeatedly told she was not pretty enough to find work in the glitz and glam of big budget film- making. But on arriving to England she landed her first role in just a few months – the lead in stage play, The Sleeping Prince. Reviews at the time described her as a "beautiful Hollywood girl".
Living in South Norwood, the actress auditioned for numerous roles on stage and screen.
In 1965 she bagged a role in the play The Death Of Bessy Smith, alongside up and coming actor Donald Sutherland, a then unknown young Canadian.
At the age of 41, Patricia, having been in her career for three decades, woke one morning and thought she "had had enough" of acting.
She and her husband, Desmond, searched for land around Portscatho, where they eventually settled and made a life for themselves.
The retired actress now spends her time converting VHS tapes of her performances to DVD to have as a record.