(Patricia Sharyn Moffett)
b. September 12, 1936, Alameda, California, U.S.A.
d. December 23, 2021, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (age 85, cause undisclosed)
Child actress and contract player at RKO during the 1940s; played the leading role in “Child of Divorce” (1946), Richard Fleischer’s first feature as a director, as the kid who is devastated by the breakup of her parents (characters played by Regis Toomey and Madge Meredith). The theme of how traumatic a divorce is for children was pretty unusual in film at that time.
Also central roles in Richard Fleischer’s second feature, “Banjo” (1947), and in “The Body Snatcher” (1945), one of Robert Wise’s first films and a classic thriller, starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. In “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948), she played the daughter of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy’s characters. Final feature, “Her First Romance” (1951), starring Margaret O’Brien.
In 1955, Sharyn Moffett got married; she and her husband spent more than 50 years as Episcopalian ministers in Pennsylvania. Her death was announced by her younger brother, former child actor Gregory Moffet (b. 1943). Her mother, Gladyce Roberts, appeared as a dancer in the Dolores del Rio RKO musical “Flying Down to Rio” (1933).
Feature image: “The Body Snatcher” (1945), “Child of Divorce” (1946), “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream house” (1948)