Trish Van Devere

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Trish Van Devere
BornPatricia Louise Dressel
(1943-03-09) March 9, 1943 (age 71)
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Spouse(s)George C. Scott (1972–99)
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Trish Van Devere
BornPatricia Louise Dressel
(1943-03-09) March 9, 1943 (age 71)
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Spouse(s)George C. Scott (1972–99)

Trish Van Devere (born March 9, 1943) is an American actress and the widow of actor George C. Scott.

Early life[edit]

Van Devere was born as Patricia Louise Dressel in Tenafly, New Jersey.[2] She was married to the actor George C. Scott from 1972 until his death in 1999.


A life member of the Actors Studio,[3] Van Devere played the original Meredith Lord on One Life to Live in 1968, as well as the lead in the 1972 film One is a Lonely Number, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award. She appeared alongside Scott in The Last Run (1971), The Day of the Dolphin, and The Savage is Loose (both 1973, the latter film directed by Scott himself), Beauty and the Beast (1976, for television), Movie Movie (1978), and The Changeling (1980).

Van Devere performed frequently in both television and film until 1994, and appeared in television programs such as Love Story, The Fall Guy, Hardcastle and McCormick, Highway to Heaven and Love Boat. She also starred alongside Peter Falk in a 1978 episode of the long-running detective drama series Columbo, entitled Make Me a Perfect Murder, in which she portrayed high-flying TV producer and murderer Kay Freestone.

Late life[edit]

After a long acting career, Van Devere settled down in Broad Beach, Malibu, California with her husband George C. Scott. After five years of living in Broad Beach, Van Devere and George C. Scott moved to Retreat Court, a gated community in Malibu. Finally, when Scott was aged 67 and Van Devere was in her 50s, the couple adopted George D. Scott, the son of Van Devere's brother, George Dressel.


1970The LandlordSally(as Patricia Van Devere)
Where's Poppa?Louise Callanaka Going Ape
1971The Last RunClaudie Scherrer
1972One Is a Lonely NumberAimee BrowerNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1973Harry in Your PocketSandy Coletto
The Day of the DolphinMaggie Terrell
1974The Savage Is LooseMaida
1976Beauty and the BeastBelle Beaumont
1978Movie MovieBetsy McGuire/Isobel Stuart
1979The ChangelingClaire NormanGenie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
The HearseJane Hardy
1986Uphill All the WayThe Widow Quinn
Hollywood Vice SquadPauline Stantonaka The Boulevard
1988Messenger of DeathJastra Watson


  1. ^ LuKanic, Steven A. Film Actors Guide, p. 402. Lone Eagle, 1991. Accessed September 11, 2013. "TRISH VAN DEVERE (Patricia Dressel) b. March 9, 1945 - Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey"
  2. ^ Trish Van Devere Biography
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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