February 7, 1994 |
Joseph Cotten, the enduring, elegant actor whose four decades in movies began at the pinnacle of film lore with the classic "Citizen Kane" and ended less memorably with the stunning flop "Heaven's Gate," died Sunday. He was 88. Cotten died of pneumonia at his Los Angeles home, said his business manager and lawyer, Hugh Robertson. Cotten's wife, actress Patricia Medina, was with him when he died.
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May 2, 2012 |
Patricia Medina, a British-born actress whose Hollywood career as a leading lady in the 1950s spanned the talking mule comedy "Francis" and Orson Welles' crime-thriller "Mr. Arkadin," has died. She was 92. Medina, the widow of actor Joseph Cotten, died Saturday at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, said Meredith Silverbach, a close friend. She had been in declining health. A petite, dark-haired beauty who launched her film career in England in the late 1930s, Medina was married to actor Richard Greene when she arrived in Hollywood after World War II. "She was a stunning woman," said Silverbach.
June 7, 1987
Plaudits to Jack Smith for his piece on class. It's provocative and stimulating and no doubt will be much discussed. How about two others who instantly come to mind as shining examples of class: Joseph Cotten and Gloria Deukmejian, both of whom represent treasured traditions? A polished actor, a smoothie, Joseph Cotten has become an author, overcoming a major illness, and is still the charming Virginian at age 82. Gloria Deukmejian is the very model of the gracious homemaker, queen of her household yet committed to society with her volunteer activities and gracefully supporting her husband's public appearances.
August 2, 1990 |
"The Third Man" (1949), directed by Carol Reed. 100 minutes. No rating. An American comes to post-war Vienna to discover a friend has been murdered, and winds up learning a little about love and loyalty--too late, alas, to help himself. With Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, a script by Graham Greene that is a marvel of wit and intelligence, and some great zither music.
February 12, 1994
In Charles Champlin's appreciation "Joseph Cotten: The Film Actor and the Gentleman" (Feb. 8), he mentions that Cotten played "the steadying father seeing his family through World War II" in "Since You Went Away." Champlin should take another look. The father never appears. He is overseas and missing in action. Cotten plays his best friend, a naval officer who visits the girls. JERRY MARTIN, Santa Monica