Born in Colorado, Patricia Elliott stayed around the state until she graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960. From there, she kicked off her theatrical career, working at theatres in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and more. Her first film work was in the Japan/US sci-fi film "The Green Slime" (1968). That didn't quite kick off her screen career, though, so she remained in the world of the theatre, where she wound up winning a Tony award for "A Little Night Music" in 1973. Throughout the '70s, Elliott was a regular on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination for "Tartuffe" in 1977 and even appearing alongside David Bowie in a production of "The Elephant Man" in 1979. At the same time, she also appeared on a few TV shows, including "Kojak" (CBS 1973-78) and "St. Elsewhere" (NBC 1982-88). As the '70s became the '80s, though, Elliott started turning to more TV work than theatre because that is where she was finding more stable work. In 1988, she found a long-lasting stable role as she took over the character of Renee Divine Buchanan on the soap opera "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968-2012). Over the course of the next two decades, Elliott played the character on a near daily basis. The character of Renee Divine Buchanan was retired in 2011, and after that, Elliott spent the rest of her days living in New York City before she died of the cancer leiomyosarcoma in late 2015.