Patience Cleveland

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Patience Mather Hobbs (Cleveland)

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: May 27, 2004 (73)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Mather Cleveland and Susan Everett Cleveland
Wife of Peter Schuyler Hobbs
Sister of James Colgate Cleveland

Occupation: American film and television actress
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About Patience Cleveland

Patience M. Cleveland (May 23, 1931 – May 27, 2004) was an American film and television actress.

Personal life

Patience Cleveland was born in New York City, the youngest of six siblings, to an old established New Hampshire family, where she was raised. Her parents were Dr. Mather Cleveland, M.D. and his wife, Susan Colgate Cleveland. Her father authored New Hampshire and the Civil War and The Orthopedic Service at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, 1859-1968. Her family has longstanding ties to Colby-Sawyer College, where the family papers, including her own, are archived.


She was a graduate of Miss Porter's School and Smith College. She wrote a children's book, The Lion Is Busy, which was published in 1963.


Cleveland made appearances in many television shows, including Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, That's Life, The Drew Carey Show, Angel, ER, and Green Acres, along with voice acting in other shows such as Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, as well as many television commercials. She acted in several feature films, including playing the reclusive Roberta Sparrow, also known as "Grandma Death", in the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko.


Patience Cleveland married Peter S. Hobbs on October 24, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. The union was apparently childless and ended in divorce in 1968.


Patience Cleveland died from cancer in Santa Monica, California, four days after her 73rd birthday.

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Patience Cleveland's Timeline

May 23, 1931
New York, New York, United States
May 27, 2004
Age 73
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States