Obituary: Patricia Blair / Starred in many television Westerns

Jan. 15, 1933 - Sept. 9, 2013

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Patricia Blair, an actress who played resourceful women in 1960s television Westerns like "Daniel Boone" and "The Rifleman," died Sept. 9 at her home in North Wildwood, N.J. She was 80. The cause was breast cancer, Amber Hennessey, a friend and neighbor, said.

Standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, Ms. Blair could fit in the same frame as lanky co-stars like Fess Parker, who played Daniel Boone, and Chuck Connors, the star of "The Rifleman." She played hotel owner Lou Mallory on "The Rifleman" starting in 1962 and Rebecca Boone, Daniel's wife, for the show's six-year run on NBC beginning in 1964.

Patsy Lou Blake was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 15, 1933. She started modeling as a teenager and was 17 when she moved to Los Angeles to act. Producers there persuaded her to change her name to Patricia Blake, and later Blair, because, they said, it sounded more sophisticated.

Her first movie was "Jump Into Hell" (1955), about the battle of Dien Bien Phu in French Indochina. She appeared in the horror film "The Black Sleep" (1956), starring Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., and the 1959 film "City of Fear" before turning to television. Ms. Blair also acted in "The Virginian," "Bonanza" and other Westerns as well as the dramas "Perry Mason" and "Surfside 6."

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