What Happened To Lorna Patterson? What Is She Doing Today? Bio

April 18, 2024
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Lorna Patterson is a popular American TV, stage, and film actress, best known as Randy in the film “Airplane!” She is currently a Jewish cantor.

Age, Early Life, Education Background

Lorna Patterson was born under the Libra zodiac sign on 1 October 1956, in Whittier, California, USA, which makes her 64 years old as of 2021. She was born to a housewife mother and an actor father; she hasn’t revealed their names, however.

Motivated by her father, Lorna was very keen on arts, especially acting as a child, and when she began her elementary education, she joined the school’s drama club, then went to a local high school, where she continued practicing her acting skills. The Whittier-born retired actress also regularly went to the Bird Cage Theatre to practise while she was in high school – her photo can be seen today on the theatre’s “Birds who Have Flown” walls.


She matriculated to Rio Hondo College in 1974 but quit her studies a few semesters later to pursue professional acting.

Interests and Hobbies

Patterson is very religious – shortly after she wedded Michael, she converted to Judaism; she was ordained as a cantor in 2009 at Jewish Religion Academy.

She was keen on touring new destinations during her 30s and 40s, and her dream destinations were London and Miami.

Since she was a teenager, Patterson has been interested in singing and music – she used to listen to blues and jazz artists such as Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra as she was growing up, and jazz is still her favorite music genre. She also enjoys pop music, and her favorite artists are Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley.


The Californian star enjoys watching films and TV shows, and her favorite movies are “Ironman,” “One Day,” and “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.


TV Film Career

Patterson made her film debut in 1979, in the short Jerry Paris-directed comedy film “Beane’s of Boston,” in which she appeared as Shirley Brahms; written by David Croft and Sheldon Croft, it starred Charlotte Rae, Alan Sues and John Hillerman. In the same year, she landed her first protagonist role in “The Lovebirds” comedy series, in which she portrayed Janine Burley and it also starred Ellen Regan and Eugene Levy. In 1980 she appeared as Randy in “Airplane!” a role  she reprised in “Airplane II: The Sequel” science-fiction comedy in 1982, directed and written by Ken Finkleman, and starring Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays again.

Meantime in 1981, Patterson portrayed Laurie in “Sidney Shorr: A Girl’s Best Friend,” which was a major commercial success and won several awards in addition to being nominated for a few Primetime Emmy Awards.

In 1984, Lorna was cast in “The Imposter” as Julie, and subsequently landed her first voicing project of Dr. Susan in the animated film “Ultraman: The Adventure Begins,”. Before she retired, Lorna lent her voice to Potiphar’s wife in the animated film “Joseph and His Brothers,” and she also appeared in the TV film comedy “Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90s” alongside Greg Evigan and Kimberly Beck (1991), and later voiced Leslie in 1993’s “Nick & Noel.”


TV Series Roles

Patterson had her first TV series role in “Lou Grant,” in which she appeared in the “Samaritan” episode alongside the show’s stars Robert Walden and Edward Asner (1979) – it was very successful, winning more than 25 awards and being nominated for 50 more. She subsequently made an appearance in the short-lived TV series “Working Stiffs,” in which he portrayed Nikki, and the following year she landed a guest-starring role in the “Angie” comedy series, before starring as Betty in the “Goodtime Girls” comedy, which also starred Georgia Engel and Annie Potts. Her popularity skyrocketed when she was cast in the “Private Benjamin” comedy series that won three awards, including a Golden Globe.

Lorna Patterson

In 1984, she was selected to make guest appearances in the crime drama “Hawaiian Heat”, and “The Flying Doctors.”

In the following years, the actress voiced Potiphar’s wife in “The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible” adventure-drama TV series. She also featured in 1987’s “Hotel,” 1989’s “Murder, She Wrote,” “Timeless Tales from Hallmark,” (1990), and finally in 1991, the “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Perky” episode of “Major Dad” family comedy series.

Personal Life

Patterson met her first future husband Robert Ginty, at an event organized for entertainers in 1980, and they started dating shortly afterwards. Ginty is an established film writer and director, who caught the public attention for his roles in “Warrior of the Lost World,” “The Bounty Hunter,” and the “The Exterminator.”


They wed in November 1983, in a private attended by close friends and family. The couple welcomed their first child not long afterward, but divorced a few years later.

Patterson went on to exchange wedding vows with the film producer, director and actor Michael Lembeck in April 1990, and they’ve been living a seemingly happy life together ever since. They have two children together, whom they welcomed in the ’90s. Lorna is currently living together with her family in Los Angeles, California.

Weight, Height, Physical Appearance

Lorna is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall and weighs approximately 125lbs (57kg), with a fair skin tone and a slim figure. She has light green eyes and long blonde hair.

Net Worth

As of late 2021, Lorna’s net worth is approximately $1 million, amassed through her successful acting career. She has appeared in more than 20 movies and TV series and before her retirement in 1993.

Who is Lorna Patterson’s Husband Michael Lembeck?

Michael was born under the Cancer zodiac sign on 25 June 1948, in Brooklyn, New York City, to the comedian and actor Harvey Lembeck and Caroline Dubs, of part-Jewish ancestry. He is actress Helaine Lembeck’s brother. Michael attended Beverly Hills High School, and matriculated to Los Angeles City College in 1966.


The famed actor made his career debut in the ’60s – his first movie was “Fidget Grows Up” in 1969, and has now appeared in over 50 productions including “The In-Laws” and “One Day at a Time.” He has also directed several TV series including “Doctor Doctor,” (1989) , “Major Dad,” (close to 67 episodes between 1990-1993), “Friends” (1995-2000), and 1996’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” among others. He boasts of directing many films including 2010’s “Tooth Fairy”, “The Santa Clause 2” and most recently “Queen Bees” (2021).

Before he wed Patterson, Michael was Barbara Deutsch’s husband, and they welcomed a child together. As of 2021, he is authoritatively worth close to $13 million.

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