Patricia Reed Scott, Who Cast New York as Hollywood East, Dies at 86

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By 2000, according to a study commissioned by the city, the industry spent $5 billion in New York making feature films, television programs and commercials and employed about 70,000 people. Mr. Sanders said Ms. Scott had “successfully guided the city’s film and television production industry though a delicate and important time, setting the groundwork for its dramatic later expansion in the 2000s and 2010s.”

Alan Suna, chief executive of Silvercup Studios, a New York City-area production company, recalled working with Ms. Scott “when the industry was just building momentum” in the city. “She was one of its earliest advocates,” he said, “lobbying to bring more production work to New York.”

Shirley Patricia Reed was born on March 1, 1934, in Portsmouth, Va. Her father, Frank Stovall Reed, was a chief petty officer in the Navy. Her mother, Mary Ellen (Hudson) Reed, owned a grocery.

Pat, as she became known, performed publicly for the first time as a 5-year-old, when, accompanied by her mother, she appeared on a local radio program to read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and sing a song.

If she was smitten by the stage, she patiently waited until she graduated from George Washington University with a degree in English before pursuing a career in the performing arts.

She met Mr. Scott in Washington during a production of Luigi Pirandello’s play “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” then worked with him in summer stock near Detroit, where they placed a bet on a long-shot horse named Pat Again and won $600, enough to stake them for their search for Broadway stardom.

She and Mr. Scott married and lived in a cold-water flat while he worked overnight in a bank and spent days auditioning. Ms. Scott co-founded a company called Studio Duplicating Service, which typed and copied scripts. When her husband was cast as Richard III in 1957 in Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, she publicized his sudden success and found him an agent.


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