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Liz Torres as Miss Patty ...


Birthday: September 27, 1947
Birthplace: New York, New York

About the actress: An Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee for her portrayal of Mahalia on The John Larroquette Show, Liz Torres began her career in the small clubs of New York City where she and Bette Midler shared Barry Manilow as a musical conductor.

A native New Yorker, Torres considers her first big break to have been on The Tonight Show doing stand-up comedy. Since then, she has performed in regular roles on numerous series including All in the Family, Over the Top, Phyllis and City. She has guest-starred on Ally McBeal, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Murder, She Wrote, The Wonder Years, Wise Guys and many others. She also appeared in the television movies Kate's Secret and Poker Alice, the latter in which she co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor.

For her performance in the series The Famous Teddy Z she also received an Emmy and was honored with a Bravo Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy Series. She has also received two American Comedy Awards nominations for Best Female Television Performer.

Torres' feature film credits include the starring role in If We Knew Then, Just Cause with Sean Connery, Odd Couple II with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, Ordinary Hero, Up the Down Staircase and The Concrete Jungle. On Broadway, Torres starred in The Ritz and toured in See Saw with John Raitt, and in Bye, Bye, Birdie with Tab Hunter.

Torres also achieved success as an RCA recording artist, gave a command performance for Morocco's King Hussan II, and was invited to the White House by President Carter for America's First National Hispanic Week Celebration.

As a champion of numerous worthwhile causes, Torres focuses her talent and attention on the battle against AIDS, higher educational opportunities for minorities, and funding for public television.

About the character: Miss Patty is the local dance teacher. She used to be a dancer, now she teaches ballet to children and keeps herself abreast of everything that goes on in town.
Credit: theWB.com


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