Born 1910 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, English actress Pat Paterson appeared in many studio pictures, in roles of increasing prominence from 1930 to 1934. In early 1934, Maurice Chevalier persuaded his lifelong best friend, fellow French actor Charles Boyer, to attend a Fox Studios post-New Year dinner party at which Pat Paterson was a guest. In interviews over the years, Boyer declared their meeting to have been a case of love at first sight. They married within four weeks of the party, on St. Valentine’s Day, 14 February 1934, in Yuma, Arizona.
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Boyer was quoted in the American news media as claiming his wife would be relinquishing her career, as he felt married women should not work but devote their time and attention to bringing up their children. However, Paterson continued to work. She continued to appear in at least one film per year until the outbreak of World War II in 1939, when she and her husband, as Europeans, devoted themselves to supporting the war effort of Britain and France. It was the war which effectively brought an end to her film career.
Diagnosed with cancer, Paterson died in Phoenix, Arizona on August 24, 1978. Charles Boyer died by suicide two days later, by drug overdose. They are buried together alongside their son in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Pat Paterson during her short career in the 1930s.