1950s Hollywood leading lady Patricia Medina dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The actress who became a leading lady of Hollywood films in the 1950s opposite Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd, Karl Malden and Fernando Lamas has died in Los Angeles. Patricia Medina was 92.

Her friend, Meredith Silverbach, told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/K1ouks) that Medina had been in declining health and that she died Saturday at Barlow Respiratory Hospital.

The British-born actress was the widow of actor Joseph Cotten. She arrived in Hollywood after World War II and signed with the MGM studios.

She had lead roles in "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion" in 1950, "Sangaree" with Lamas in 1953, "Plunder of the Sun" with Ford in 1953, "Botany Bay" with Ladd in 1953 and "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" with Malden in 1954.

Medina wrote an autobiography, "Laid Back in Hollywood," in 1998.

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