Introducing Fess and Marcy Parker!
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Patsy Lou Blake was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in Dallas. She became a teenage model through the Conover Agency. While acting in summer stock, Warner Bros. discovered her and she began acting in films under the names Patricia Blake and Pat Blake. In the late 1950s she appeared as the second female lead in several films for Warner Bros. and later for MGM. Her first movie was Jump Into Hell (1955), about the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in French Indochina.
She had a recurring role as Goldy, one of Madame Francine's hostesses, on the 1958 TV series Yancy Derringer. In 1962 she starred as Lou (ironically her real-life middle name) Mallory in The Rifleman, replacing actress Joan Taylor as Chuck Connors' love interest on that series. She also made a guest appearance in 1963 on Perry Mason as murderess Nicolai Wright in "The Case of the Badgered Brother." She made guest appearances as well on other television series, such as The Bob Cummings Show, Rescue 8, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Virginian, and Bonanza.
Blair had considered moving to New York City in 1964 until screenwriter Gordon Chase helped her get a role on the NBC series Daniel Boone. She played wife Rebecca Boone, opposite Fess Parker for six seasons, with Darby Hinton as son Israel and Veronica Cartwright as daughter Jemima.