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PATRICIA ANNE HILL

Born Patricia Anne Flanagan she took the stage surname of her grandfather composer Alfred Hill. As Pat Flanagan she was a State singles and doubles table tennis champion. She started acting ca 1945.

At NT Pat Hill was reviewed as "terrific" in The Match Girls 1948 in which she gave an enormous shriek seeing phosphorus at night time. She played Julia with verve and a sense of the world’s sorrow in The Star Turns Red 1948, followed by The Alchemist 1948, Flowers for the Living 1949, Press the Point 1950 and Had We But World Enough 1950.

After being expelled from NT membership in 1951, Pat Hill moved to the Independent where she continued to get good crits: : "passionately intensive" in Ardele 1952, "charm and ease" in Venus Observed 1952, "sustained ease" as the governess in The Innocents 1954, "a touch of greatness" as Portia in The Merchant of Venice 1954: "an actress to her fingertips".

She was cast in the feature film Captain Thunderbolt. Other stage work included The Traveller for the Maritime Industries Theatre at Wollongong, a touring production of Pygmalion (as Eliza Doolittle), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Night of the Iguana and Variations on Similar Themes (the Ensemble Theatre's first production). She acted in television's Homicide and worked full-time in Equity’s Sydney office.

In a Presbyterian ceremony at Burwood in 1948 she married William Wallace Cathcart whom she’d met while studying piano at the Conservatorium. In 1950 she went with him to Perth where he was principal bassoonist with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. After returning to Sydney they divorced.


See also Bill Cathcart.


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