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What'll You Give Me for a Basket of Kisses?
A basket of "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggghhhh!!"
I didn't really know anything about Patty McCormack's post-Bad Seed work until just this morning, and I suppose that's how her life has been since she appeared as the junior sociopath, Rhoda Penmark, in that weird, creepy movie. And it's not that I haven't seen her in anything since, it's just that I didn't recognize her without the Heidi braids and the sinister glare.
But we've all seen her. Look:
Born in Brooklyn, NY, to former professional roller skater, Elizabeth, and fireman, Frank Russo, Patty started out as a child model. She first appeared on television at age seven and soon found roles on Broadway, including the original production of The Bad Seed. She worked steadily throughout her childhood -- in spite of being so closely associated with the character that made her famous -- and transitioned relatively smoothly into teenage and adult roles.
Hers is a solid success story, and more power to her. Patty McCormack has been working for more than five decades; I guess I just have to check the credits more closely!