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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

    December 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    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.

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      December 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

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

      • Lorenzo Sorino

        December 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

        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

        December 21, 2015 at 11:14 pm

        Yes, Jim you have been missed!!!

  2. nancy dillingham

    December 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    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!

    • Rose

      December 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      I so agree with you. Loved Renee.

    • CeeCee

      December 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      I miss that hunch with all my heart.

      • CeeCee

        December 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

        Bunch

  3. MissySnow

    December 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    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!

  4. Lin

    December 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    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.

  5. Jay Keaveny

    December 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm

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

  6. rebecca1

    December 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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

  7. Jp

    December 21, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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

  8. jlh

    December 21, 2015 at 4:56 pm

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

  9. robin Fletcher

    December 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm

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

  10. Llanviewer717

    December 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    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.

  11. Rose

    December 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    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.

  12. CeeCee

    December 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    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.

  13. Mark in FLA

    December 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    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.

  14. Debby

    December 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    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!

  15. blake

    December 21, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    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.

  16. Debbie N

    December 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    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.

  17. ANNIE THIEL

    December 21, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    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.

  18. Patricio

    December 22, 2015 at 1:04 am

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

    divine indeed!

  19. Penny Sullivan

    December 22, 2015 at 4:30 am

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

  20. mgb357

    December 22, 2015 at 6:47 am

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

  21. Tom

    December 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

    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.

    • gloria

      December 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      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.

  22. Iakovos

    December 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

    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.

    • Llanviewer717

      December 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      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.

  23. MBmomof3

    December 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

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

  24. mike

    December 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

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

  25. Allen

    December 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm

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

  26. Kat Hilderbrand

    December 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    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.

    • CeeCee

      December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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

  27. ANNIE THIEL

    January 1, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    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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