TV Actress Known for Her Work in Westerns Dies

Oct 1, 2013  •  Post A Comment

An actress known for her work in TV Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s has died. The New York Times reports that Patricia Blair, who played Rebecca Boone, the wife of Daniel Boone, on the NBC series "Daniel Boone," died Sept. 9 of breast cancer. She was 80.

Blair played the hotel owner Lou Mallory on "The Rifleman," and had guest roles on a number of TV Western series including "Bonanza" and "The Virginian." Because she was 5 feet, 9 inches tall, she could fit into the same frame as her male co-stars, the story notes.

She also acted in movies such as "The Black Sleep" in 1956, with Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., and "The Electric Horseman" in 1979. Her other TV appearances included "The Bob Cummings Show" and "Perry Mason."

She told the Charlotte Observer in 1996 that she thought Westerns’ day may have passed. "They’re a wonderful form of entertainment, but they’re simplistic, almost like passion plays,” she said. “I don’t know if people want that kind of mythology anymore.”

Here’s a clip showcasing Blair’s work in the TV series "Daniel Boone":


  1. Patricia Blair (aka: Rebecca Boone) was a very beautiful woman and a great actress! She will be dearly missed and will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. I’m so grateful that I can still see her act in all the episodes of Daniel Boone that come on ME-TV channel each weekday morning at 9:00am. God rest her soul! Love and miss you!

  2. Have been a big fan of Ms Blair’s for a long time. In fact I was wondering what she had been doing since Daniel Boone. I have been watching reruns on Me-TV for a year now. I an=m so sorry to hear of her passing. My prayer to her family and friends. Over the years I have had a chance to meet several stars. I wish she had been one.

  3. ME-TV has also been running two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN 6 days a week for some time now and she’s really good in that series. She perfectly embodied the mental image most people have when they think about strong willed, self assured & beautiful women in the West.

  4. Patricia Blair was beautiful woman
    she fit her parts well.not many of those icon left.

  5. She was a classy lady

  6. Blair was a beautiful woman I loved to watch her on the riffleman

  7. She was a beautiful actress! I remember watching her on Daniel Boone when I was a little kid on MeTv and wishing I would look like that when I grew up. Very sorry to hear of her passing and I hope her family recovers from this tragedy. My prayers are with them. God Bless

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