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Patricia Beth Reid

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Tularosa, NM, USA
Death: August 20, 2001 (76)
Santa Fe, NM, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jesse Taylor Reid and Rubyann "Ann" Reid
Ex-wife of Bruce Hall; Joseph Siegel; Alfred Ryder and Curt Conway
Mother of <private> Clift; <private> Clift and <private> Clift

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About Kim Stanley

Kim Stanley (born Patricia Beth Reid) was an American actress, primarily in theatre but with occasional film performances.

Stanley began her acting career in theatre, and subsequently attended the The Actors Studio. She received the 1952 Theatre World Award for role in The Chase (1952), and starred in the Broadway productions of Picnic (1953) and Bus Stop (1955). She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her roles in A Touch of the Poet (1959) and A Far Country (1962).

During the 1950s, Stanley was a prolific performer in television, and later progressed to film, with a well received performance in The Goddess (1959). She was the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and starred in Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), for which she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was less active during the remainder of her career; two of her later film successes were as the mother of Frances Farmer in Frances (1982), for which she received a second Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and as Pancho Barnes in The Right Stuff (1983). She received an Emmy Award for her performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1985).

She did not act during her later years, preferring the role of teacher, in Los Angeles and later Santa Fe, where she died in 2001, of uterine cancer.


Stanley had four husbands, Bruce Hall (married 1945-divorced 1946), Curt Conway (married 1949-divorced 1956), Alfred Ryder (married 1958-divorced 1964) and Joseph Siegel (married 1964-divorced 1967).

She had three children, one by Conway, one by Brooks Clift (brother of Montgomery Clift) while she was married to Conway, and one by Ryder. During her marriage to Alfred Ryder, Kim Stanley converted to Judaism.

Kim Stanley died of uterine cancer while living in a Santa Fe, NM, nursing home at the age of 76. She was survived by her first husband, Bruce Hall, her brother Justin Truman Reid, her three children, and several nephews and nieces. Her biography, Female Brando: the Legend of Kim Stanley, by Jon Krampner, was published in the spring of 2006 by Back Stage Books, a division of Watson-Guptill Publications.

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Kim Stanley's Timeline

February 11, 1925
Tularosa, NM, USA
August 20, 2001
Age 76
Santa Fe, NM, USA