Trish Van Devere (born March 9, 1941)[2] is an American actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the 1972 film One Is a Lonely Number, and won a Genie Award for the 1979 film The Changeling. She is the widow of actor George C. Scott.

Early life

Van Devere was born as Patricia Louise Dressel in Tenafly, New Jersey.[3] She was married to the actor George C. Scott from September 4, 1972 until his death in 1999.


A life member of the Actors Studio,[4] Van Devere played the original Meredith Lord on One Life to Live in 1968, as well as the lead in the 1972 film One Is a Lonely Number, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award. She appeared alongside Scott in The Last Run (1971), The Day of the Dolphin, and The Savage Is Loose (both 1973, the latter film directed by Scott), Beauty and the Beast (1976, for television), Movie Movie (1978), and The Changeling (1980).

Van Devere performed frequently in both television and film until 1994, and appeared in television programs such as Love Story, The Fall Guy, Hardcastle and McCormick, Highway to Heaven and Love Boat. She also starred alongside Peter Falk in a 1978 episode of the detective series Columbo entitled Make Me a Perfect Murder, in which she portrayed a TV producer who murders her ex-lover.

Late life

After a long acting career, Van Devere settled down in Broad Beach, Malibu, California with her husband. After five years of living in Broad Beach, Van Devere and Scott moved to Retreat Court, a gated community in Malibu. When Scott was aged 67 and Van Devere was in her 50s, the couple adopted George D. Scott, the son of Van Devere's brother, George Dressel.


Year Film Role Notes
1970 The Landlord Sally (as Patricia Van Devere)
Where's Poppa? Louise Callan aka Going Ape
1971 The Last Run Claudie Scherrer
1972 One Is a Lonely Number Aimee Brower
1973 Harry in Your Pocket Sandy Coletto
The Day of the Dolphin Maggie Terrell
1974 The Savage Is Loose Maida
1976 Beauty and the Beast Belle Beaumont
1978 Movie Movie Betsy McGuire/Isobel Stuart
1979 The Changeling Claire Norman
The Hearse Jane Hardy
1986 Uphill All the Way The Widow Quinn
Hollywood Vice Squad Pauline Stanton aka The Boulevard
1988 Messenger of Death Jastra Watson

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1980 Genie Award Best Performance by a Foreign Actress The Changeling Won
1973 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama One is a Lonely Number Nominated
1971 Laurel Award Star of Tomorrow, Female Where's Poppa? 7th place


  1. ^ LuKanic, Steven A. Film Actors Guide, p. 402. Lone Eagle, 1991. Accessed September 11, 2013. "TRISH VAN DEVERE (Patricia Dressel) b. March 9, 1945 - Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey"
  2. ^ Varying sources have cited 1943 or 1945 as her year of birth, however her entry on Intelius establishes the year as 1941.
  3. ^ Trish Van Devere Biography
  4. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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