Hollywood Golden Age star Patricia Morison has died at the age of 103 after an 80-year career on the stage and screen.

Local reports claim the original star of the musical Kiss Me, Kate died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday May 20th of natural causes.

She had gone into acting just as Hollywood's Golden Age was drawing to a close, and became famous for starring in films such as The Song of Bernadette and The Fallen Sparrow.

Patricia Morrison at the opening night premiere of the musical Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse in California in September 2014

Among her other stand-out roles on the silver screen was as Sherlock Holmes' adversary Mrs Hilda Courtney in 1946's Dressed To Kill, in which she starred opposite Basil Rathbone.

Since retiring from acting, Morrison had devoted herself to painting.

She never married or had children, and had lived in the same LA apartment complex since 1961.

Here she is performing with Yul Brynner in a 1971 stage production of The King and I:

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