Patricia Parsons (June 9, 1931 – October 26, 2006), better
known as Patsy Parsons, sometimes credited as Patsy Lee Parsons, was an
American character actress who appeared in about a dozen films beginning in
She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va,. but moved to Hollywood
at age 5. She began acting at age 6, and mostly did child roles, notably in
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), starring James Cagney. But she is perhaps best
remembered for one of her few adult roles, as the evil space tyrant
"Cleolanthe" on the TV show Rocky Jones, Space Ranger in 1954.
Like many former child stars, Parsons had difficulty finding
good adult roles. She retired shortly after leaving Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,
making one last TV appearance on Science Fiction Theater in 1956. She was still
only in her mid-20s when she stopped acting.
Parsons had a busy post-entertainment career in California
as the wife of banker and community activist Solon Soteras. As Pat Soteras, she
worked at Pepperdine University and raised three children, Alexander,
Nickoletta and Anthony. She also wrote a weekly column for the Malibu Times. In
her later years, she was most remembered for her work with the Agoura/Oak Park/
Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce where, as its executive director, she
increased membership eightfold.
In memory of her work with the chamber, the Patricia Soteras
scholarship fund was established.