About this Famous Person
Published by : Tim DOWLING
Patrizia Cobb Chapman was born in Florence, Italy, to opera singer Frank Chapman, whose father was the ornithologist and pioneering writer of field guides Frank Michler Chapman, and playwright Elizabeth Cobb, whose father was the author and humorist Irvin S. Cobb. When she was young, her parents divorced and her father married mezzo-soprano opera singer Gladys Swarthout.
Her family moved first to New York City and then to Santa Monica, California, where Cobb graduated from high school. She began her acting career with stock companies. She had bit parts in movies including Anna and the King of Siam (1946), and toured with Tallulah Bankhead in Noël Coward's play Private Lives from 1946 to 1948.
At 19, she married Gregson Bautzer, the first of her four husbands, divorcing him after six months. At 20, she married her second husband, actor William Eythe, in Manhattan in 1947; she sued for divorce after seven months, but reconsidered two days later before going on with the divorce in 1948.
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