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36 December 21st, 2015 One Life to Live’s Beloved Patricia Elliott Dead At Age 77

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More heartbreaking news for One Life to Live fans and colleagues of Tony Award-winning actress and Llanview favorite, Patricia Elliott.

Elliott who portrayed Renee Divine Buchanan on the ABC soap opera for over 23 years from 1988-2011, passsed away on Sunday at Age 77 from cancer.  According to her niece, Sally Fay, the actress died at her home in Manhattan.

As Renee, Elliott for decades shared much on-screen time and an on-screen romance with Asa Buchanan, played by the iconic and late Phil Carey.

Patricia won a Tony for her Broadway debut as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and won the Tony for best featured actress in 1973.   She also starred on Broadway opposite David Bowie in The Elephant Man, to name just a few of her stage credits.

One Life to Live’s former head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter this afternoon and said on Elliott’s passing:  “So sad to hear Patricia Elliott has passed away. Such an honor to have written for Renee on #OLTL. She was divine!”

Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair OLTL and Ex-Eve DAYS) also took to Twitter upon learning of Patricia’s death: ” So sadden to hear the passing of the glorious Patricia Elliott! Such an earth angel. An amazing person!”

We will continue to update our coverage on the death of Patricia Elliott as former One Life co-stars share their thoughts on her passing.   Now share your sentiments on the loss of this beloved star from stage and the soaps in the comment section below!

 

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  1. Lorenzo Sorino says:

    Very sad news, Patricia was a wonderful actress. I loved Renee, she always stood up to Asa Buchanan. she was feisty, sassy and classy. Never took any crap from Asa. Rip dear lady.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    She was a favorite of mine too…you described her perfectly…she will be missed!!!

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    Lorenzo Sorino replied

    Hi Jim, yes she will be missed. Renee was feisty and never took crap from Asa. I am so happy Jim, you are back on this website. Your comments lighten up my day.

    Richard replied

    Yes, Jim you have been missed!!!

  2. nancy dillingham says:

    I loved Renee–as did Asa–lol!
    And I loved Phillip Carey as Asa.
    That was a really classy show when the Buchanan clan come riding up on their horses!

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    Rose replied

    I so agree with you. Loved Renee.

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    CeeCee replied

    I miss that hunch with all my heart.

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    CeeCee replied

    Bunch

  3. MissySnow says:

    My heart goes out to Patricia’s family and loved ones.

    Renee and Asa Buchanan were one of my favorite couples on OLTL! Rene was the ex Madame with a heart of gold and truly loved that ornery old Asa Buchanan!

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  4. Lin says:

    I loved Renee. Patricia made her seem very real. Some actor seem like they’re winking at the audience. It doesn’t seem real. Patricia also seemed like such a nice person. I’m sad that we will never see her act again. Rest in Peace, dear Patricia. I hope you and Phil Carey have a blast in heaven.

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  5. Jay Keaveny says:

    I met her at Broadway Cares some years ago. She was a very classy and gracious lady.

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  6. rebecca1 says:

    Oh no…so sorry to hear this. Always loved her on OLTL…RIP.

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  7. Jp says:

    What a loss to the acting world. She was a wonderful actress. She will be sorely misssed. She was simply devine!

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  8. jlh says:

    I’ll always be grateful to her for her contribution to OLTL as Renee. Loved her in the role.

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  9. robin Fletcher says:

    I’m so sad. First, Nathaniel Marston and now her.

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  10. Llanviewer717 says:

    I am absolutely heartbroken to hear this news. Patricia Elliott was simple divine as Renee. I loved her so. She and the late Philip Carey were superb together. I thank you Ms. Elliott for sharing your marvelous talent with all of us OLTL fans. God bless and may you rest in peace.

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  11. Rose says:

    I always loved Renee on OLTL. But I just find out I also saw Patricia on Broadway pre her Buchanan days. It didn’t mean anything at the time, just now reading MF’s story. Didn’t have anything to do one night while in NYC on business, found out David Bowie (one of my all-time favorites) was playing in The Elephant Man, so I went to see the play. Now I find out Patricia was playing opposite David in the role of Mrs. Kendall, one of Merrick’s benefactors. Oh would I love to have that night back knowing what I know now…and of course seeing Bowie again.

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  12. CeeCee says:

    Awwwww. It’s like losing a very loved, friend. I’m always at a lack for words. RIP… My heart and prayers. May your voyage be blessed.

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  13. Mark in FLA says:

    I always respected her performances.
    First saw her on Broadway in “A Little Night Music”. One of her costars in that show was the late Victoria Mallory (Y&R) with whom she had a stunning duet with.
    I remember how excited I was when Ms Elliott took over the role of Renee Divine from Phyllis Newman. She gave us so many wonderful years on OLTL.

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  14. Debby says:

    Wonder if Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie welcomed her when she entered Heaven’s Gates? Enjoyed her as Renee. She put up with a lot!

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  15. blake says:

    Sad news, and not long after Nathaniel Marston passed. I really liked her as Renee and being with Asa. Such a strong woman to put up with a man like Asa. Prayers to her family.

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  16. Debbie N says:

    So sad to hear of Pat’s passing, loved her on “One Life To Live” as “Renee”. She was such a genuine person, always gracious when I met outside the OLTL Studio. She will be missed.

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  17. ANNIE THIEL says:

    I CAN”T BELIVE ANOTHER SOAP STAR ALREADY DEAD IT WAS BAD ENOUGH THAT NATHANEIL MARTSON AND DAVID CANERY FROM ALL MY CHILDREN. I DON’T WHAT TO THINK. I’VE WATCHED ON ONE LIFE TO LIVE MY FAVORITE SOAP. WITH ALL THE CO WORKERS BESIDES CLINT RITCHIE AND PHIL CAREY. THINK ABOUT ROBERT S. WODDS, JOHN BROTHERTON, MARK DREWIN, ERIKA SELZACK, ERIN TORPEY, BREE WILLIAMSON, PETER BARTETT AS NIGEL, EDDIE ALDERSON, DAN GAINTHER, DON JEFFCOAT NAD MANY MORE. AT LEAST SHE HAS REUNITED WITH PHIL CAREY AND CLINT RITCHE MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF THEM.

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  18. Patricio says:

    One of the great actresses the grace OLTL IN ITS GLORY DAYS. She was a class act! A true New York actor!

    divine indeed!

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  19. Penny Sullivan says:

    Seems like yesterday that we were watching her various adventures with Asa (Phil Carey). Very sad…

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  20. mgb357 says:

    So sad to hear about her death. I believe her character portrayal helped to humanize Asa Buchanon. RIP

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  21. Tom says:

    I am not making this up. I was just thinking about her and OLTL early yesterday afternoon before I heard of her passing. She was a delight. Real, honest and caring are what her character Renee was. I am sure that it came straight from the heart. We have missed you as Renee for several years now. We will miss you, Patricia, always. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

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    gloria replied

    I believe you Tom. Years ago one night I was taking a shower getting ready for bed & just running thoughts through my mind & I thought about OLTL & was looking forward to the next show & I thought about Clint Ritchie & how much I missed him & the next morning I found out he had died the night I was thinking about him. I am so sorry about Patricia & it just still makes me sick that we lost the best soap ever & I still miss it & everyone associated it with it.

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  22. Iakovos says:

    Miss Elliott is one of the reasons OLTL was a wonderful daytime drama. The series mined trained and talented players who made the stories believable and honest, even when in later years the plots did become farfetched. Sad news indeed.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    You are so right. I always said One Life to Live has the strongest cast I’ve ever seen. Patricia Elliott was most definitely included.

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  23. MBmomof3 says:

    Godspeed lovely lady. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.

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  24. mike says:

    There was always something very warm and maternal about Renee I think it all came from the wonderful actress who portrayed her.

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  25. Allen says:

    Such a tragedy she was an amazing actress loved her on oltl her and aca was perfect for
    Each other !!

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  26. Kat Hilderbrand says:

    I have been watching OLTL in ’95 and she was spellbinding. I will watch some of ’96 and I know she will be just as good. So sad that she is gone.

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    CeeCee replied

    I started in ’97. I was only 10. My grandmother would tape the show for me, as I was in school. Best soap EVER!!!!!

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  27. ANNIE THIEL says:

    IM SADDEN OVER HER LOSS. I’M WILL ALWAYS THINK OF HER AS RENEE ON ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I’M JUST BLOWN AWAY.

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