Who is Lorna Patterson?
Lorna Patterson was born on October 1, 1956, in Whittier, California, USA; her zodiac sign is Libra, and she is of American nationality. She is an actress and a Jewish cantor best remembered for her role as Randy in 1980 highly praised comedy film “Airplane!” written and produced by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker and starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and the late Leslie Nielsen. The plot revolves around a man who is frightened of flying and is forced to land a plane when its pilots pass out – the film won two Oscars and was nominated for seven more, including a Golden Globe.
Where Is She Now?
Lorna Patterson left performing in 1993 and has since worked as a Jewish cantor.
Education And Childhood
Lorna was raised in Whittier as an only child by her father, a theatre actor, and mother, a homemaker. Lorna started interested in performing while still in elementary school when she was a member of the theater club and appeared in practically all of the plays staged. While in high school, she also honed her acting skills at The Bird Cage Theatre, where her picture can still be found on the ‘Birds Who Have Flown’ wall. She enrolled in 1974 and attended Rio Hondo College, but she dropped out after only one semester because she wanted to focus on her acting career, which she pursued for the next five years.
Lorna made her film debut in 1979, as Shirley Brahms in the short comedy “Beane’s of Boston,” written by Sheldon Bull and David Croft, directed by Jerry Paris, and starring John Hillerman, Charlotte Rae, and Alan Sues. The story follows Franklin Beane, who works at his father’s department store, Beane’s Boston. In the same year, she played Janine Burley in another short comedy, “The Lovebirds,” which also starred Eugene Levy and Ellen Regan and is about two married couples, The Burleys and The Wexelblatts, who are adjusting to their married lives.
Lorna played Laurie Morgan in her first feature film, “Sidney Shorr: A Girl’s Best Friend,” which starred Tony Randall and David Huffman and followed a gay gentleman as he befriends a single mother and her daughter while walking in Central Park – the film won a Writers Guild of America Award for Original Comedy Anthology and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Lorna repeated her part in the 1982 science fiction comedy “Airplane II: The Sequel,” written and produced by Ken Finkleman and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty – it follows the same man who now has to operate a space shuttle headed straight for the Sun.
Lorna made her acting debut in 1984 as Julie in the drama “The Impostor,” and her voicing debut in 1987 as Dr. Susan Rand in the animated science fiction film “Ultraman: The Adventure Begins,” starring Michael Lembeck, Chadd Everett, and Adrien Barbeau, and following three pilots who can transform into Ultra beings and thus fight the four Sorkin Monsters.
Lorna’s final film roles before retiring were in the 1990 short animated family film “Joseph and His Brothers,” in which she voiced Potiphar’s wife, the 1991 comedy film “Basic Values: Sex, Shock, & Censorship in the ’90s,” in which she voiced Leslie, and the 1993 short animated adventure film “Nick & Noel,” in which she voiced Leslie.
TV Series Characters
Lorna made her TV series debut in 1979, as The Girl in the episode “Samaritan” of the crime drama “Lou Grant,” which starred Edward Asner and Robert Walden and is about a former TV station manager who has become a newspaper editor – the series was a huge hit, winning 27 awards, including three Golden Globes, and being nominated for 73 others. Lorna starred as Nikki Evashevsky, one of the lead characters in the eight-episode comedy series “Working Stiffs,” which followed two janitors working in a Chicago office building.
Lorna guest starred in the episode “Angie and Brad’s Close Encounter” of the comedy series “Angie” in 1980, and the following year as Betty Crandall in the comedy “Goodtime Girls,” which also starred Annie Potts and Georgia Engel, and follows four women who share an apartment in Washington, D.C. during WWII.
Lorna is most known for her portrayal of the title character in the comedy “Private Benjamin,” which also stars Hal Williams and Eileen Brennan and depicts a pampered young girl who joins the army; the series won three awards, including a Golden Globe, and was nominated for four more. In 1984, she appeared as a guest star in the episode “Yankees vs. the Cubs” of the action crime thriller “Hawaiian Heat,” and was later cast as Liz Drever in the romantic mini-series “The Flying Doctors.”
Lorna appeared in single episodes of several series over the next few years, including the 1985 animated adventure drama “The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible,” in which she voiced Potiphar’s wife, and the 1987 romantic drama “Hotel,” in which she played Nancy Stanton, and the 1989 crime mystery drama “Murder, She Wrote,” in which she played Edie Lorraine. Her final two TV appearances before retiring from acting were in the 1990 episode “Rumpelstiltskin” of the animated musical family series “Timeless Tales from Hallmark,” and in the 1991 episode “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Perky” of the family comedy series “Major Dad.”
Lorna met her future first husband Robert Ginty in 1980 at an actor’s party, and they began dating a few months later – Robert is an actor, film writer, and director, best known for his appearances in the films “The Exterminator,” “Warrior of the Lost World,” and “The Bounty Hunter.” They married on November 26, 1983, in a secret ceremony attended by their closest friends and family, and Lorna gave birth to their child not long after, but the couple divorced several years later.
Lorna later married actor, film producer, and director Michael Lembeck on April 13, 1990, and they have been together ever since; she gave birth to their two children in the 1990s.
Lorna hasn’t mentioned any other guys she’s dated, and as of September 2020, she is married (her second marriage) with three children.
Other Interests And Hobbies
Lorna is a deeply pious person who converted to Judaism years after exchanging vows with Michael; the Academy for Jewish Religion awarded her cantorial ordination in 2009.
She has been interested in music and singing since she was a teenager, and she grew up listening to jazz and blues performers like Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin – jazz is still her favorite genre, but she also enjoys listening to pop singers like Elvis Presley and Lady Gaga.
Lorna loved to travel throughout her 30s and 40s, and she has traveled all over the world. Her dream travel locations are Miami, Florida, and London, England.
Lorna has her favorite stars and actresses, including Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, and Anne Hathaway, and her favorite films include “Ironman,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, and “One Day.”
Body Structure And Net Worth
Lorna is 63 years old. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, and weighs about 105lbs (48kgs).
Her net worth is predicted to be more than $1 million as of September 2020.