Trish Van Devere

Active - 1970 - 1993  |   Born - Mar 9, 1943 in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Trained for a theatrical career at Ohio Wesleyan University, actress Trish Van Devere made her off-Broadway bow in 1967. She polished her craft on such TV daytime dramas as Search for Tomorrow (as Patty Barron) and One Life to Live (as Meredith Lord), then made her movie debut in The Landlord (1970). Critics predicted a rosy professional future for Van Devere after her impressive starring appearance in the 1972 film One is a Lonely Number. That same year, she became the fifth wife of actor George C. Scott, whom she met on the set of The Last Run (1971). Thereafter, with rare exceptions, she was nearly always paired with Scott on screen (Day of the Dolphin, The Savage is Loose, Movie Movie, The Changeling), on television (1976's Beauty and the Beast) and on stage (Sly Fox, also 1976). As Scott cut down his movie workload, she began accepting assignments in such turkeys as Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) and Messenger of Death (1988). While her film career hasn't lived up to its potential, Trish Van Devere has continued appearing with honor and distinction on stage.

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