Feb. 3rd, 1950
Dallas, Texas, USA
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"You can never be too rich or too thin". This elegant lady defined the TV version of the rich, sophisticated businesswoman who knows what she wants, and will do whatever it takes to get it.
Patsy Ann McClenny (born February 3, 1950) in Dallas, Texas. She began acting as a child, when her mother enrolled her in drama lessons after she was too shy to give a book report in class. From the age of 10, she performed in children's plays. Later she would do dinner theater and stock productions in Dallas. She chose Morgan as a stage name. In 1973, Morgan decided to pursue a career in television; just 6 weeks after moving to New York she landed the key role of Jennifer in the daytime series Search for Tomorrow (1951); she stayed on until 1977.
Morgan moved to Los Angeles, where she originated the role of Jenna Wade on the wildly popular nighttime soap Dallas (1978) (Jenna was later portrayed by 'Priscilla Presley'). Morgan made numerous guest appearances on TV series. She played Constance (Weldon) Carlyle in Flamingo Road (1981), and she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress; that was her breakout show that propelled her to stardom.
Morgan continued to perform in live theater, her acclaimed portrayal of Skye in the off-Broadway comedy Geniuses helped make it one of the "Top Ten Plays" of the year according to Time Magazine and the New York Times. Other stage appearances have included productions of Goodbye Charlie and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. On TV, she played the naughty Racine in the series Paper Dolls (1984) in 1984. Later, she starred in the TV series Falcon Crest (1981) from 1985-86, having made a niche for herself playing ambitious beauties. Morgan received an Emmy nomination for a special episode of Murphy Brown (1988).
Morgan has shared some of her beauty secrets by authoring the book "Super Loo
ks" which is a complete guide that includes makeup, exercise, and diet tips. Morgan is a member of the Entertainment Industry AIDS Task Force. She is an active speaker on environmental issues and helped found the Environmental Communications Office, which encourages entertainment industry professionals to become better educated and more active on environmental issues. Morgan is a collector of movie memorabilia (particularly anything about 'Marilyn Monroe') and antique clothing. She is a ballet fan and is also interested in anthropology and paleontology; Morgan is truly a brainy beauty.
- Mother: Martha Jane Hartt McClenny, English teacher at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Died May 4, 1999 (complications from stroke).
- First professional job was acting as 'Faye Dunaway' (qv)'s double during the location filming of _Bonnie and Clyde (1967)_ (qv). A native Texan, Morgan was later considered for the 'Cybill Shepherd' (qv) role in _The Last Picture Show (1971)_ (qv), competing alongside 'Sissy Spacek' (qv).
- She was voted "1981 Star Of Tomorrow" by the National Association Of Theatre Owners - in November of 1980.
- Is a 1967 graduate of Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas.
- Her first name is taken from the the title character of the 'David Warner (I)' (qv) movie, _Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)_ (qv).
- She was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2008 in Austin, Texas.
- Served as Grand Marshal at Bellflower's Liberty Day Parade on October 11, 2003-which marked Bellflower, California's 46th Birthday celebration.
- Older sister of actress 'Cathryn Hartt' (qv).