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THE BEAUTIFUL and alluring Patricia Roc was the epitome of style, elegance, sophistication and finesse that defined the wonderful days of Britain's 'golden age' of cinema during the 1940s. Women loved her, men adored her, and for ten consecutive years from 1943 onwards, she was one of Britain's top box-office stars, packing cinemas worldwide in classic films such as Millions Like Us, Love Story, The Wicked Lady, The Brothers and Canyon Passage. In her hey-day, she was without doubt a phenomenon - actually rather modern in her style and ahead of her time - who, through her unpretentiousness and sincere approach, had the exceptional talent of making her audience believe in her whilst she was on the screen. Yet behind this ethereal screen image smouldered a passionate femme fatale. Men who came into contact with her couldn't help but fall in love with her, including America's future President, Ronald Reagan whom she helped get over a difficult period in his life. "I was seriously concerned that he might do something to himself if I didn't make him feel that somebody wanted him," explained Patricia Roc. Here, at last, is the complete and remarkable story of Patricia Roc's life, her films, her three marriages, her secrets and lovers, in an intimate biography that defines the character and the personality of a movie goddess of a million dreams.
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Michael Hodgson interviewed Patricia Roc, her son, Michael and her sister Bobby many times, as well as surviving co-workers and acquaintances to research this biography. Brought up in Twickenham, Middlesex and now living in Wiltshire with his wife and two dogs, Michael first became interested in Patricia Roc after gaining a First-class Honours degree in Social History which encompassed the study of the cinema and society in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s, and the social role and cultural influence of film and television in America, Britain and Western Europe. He is now writing the definitive biography of the Rank Organisation's 'Mr. Beefcake' actor Anthony Steel.
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