Monday, July 16, 2012

Patty McCormack

With the exception of Ron Howard and Natalie Wood, most child stars seem to either disappear from the business, commit suicide, have drug problems or end up in jail. And while the mainstream public may not remember Patty McCormack, she never left the business and to this day is still working in front of the camera.

Her big claim to fame was as the evil, murderous child, Rhoda Penmark in the Broadway and film productions of The Bad Seed. From there she went on to play Helen Keller  in the Playhouse 90 adaption of The Miracle Worker and then landed the lead role in the short lived television series, Peck's Bad Girl.

Patty McCormack continued to work and grew up virtuously unnoticed by the public, appearing in a wide variety of television shows that ranged from One Step Beyond  to Route 66 and from The Wild Wild West  to Barnaby Jones, just to name a few.

She's still working and has been featured in many televisions shows and movies like The Sopranos as well as the Oscar nominated film, Frost/Nixon, where she played Pat Nixon. Patty McCormack may not be as well known now as she was as a child, but she has endured and is living proof that you don't have to be famous to be a working actor.


  1. Patty is the star of a hit web series called "Have You Met Miss Jones" where she plays the part of a tough broad named Connie - and she is HILARIOUS! Check her out on IMDB -- you'll see it. The show flew under the radar but ran 11 episodes on BlipTV and is still watchable for free -- future episodes are in production but will probably go to a cable network in late summer 2013.

    1. Thanks, Damien. I'll have to check out her web series. I'm very familiar with Blip TV as I'm in a web series there called Up the Creek. Thanks for reading. Come back often.

  2. Perhaps Kurt Russell could be added to the list of "exceptions".