October 12th, 2011
04:46 PM ET

Patricia Modell, actress and wife of Art Modell, dead at 80

[Updated at 7:22 p.m. ET] Actress Patricia Modell, who was married to former Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell, died Wednesday, the Ravens organization announced. She was 80.

She is survived by her husband, their two sons, John and David, and six grandchildren, the Ravens said.

Modell, also known as Patricia Breslin, appeared on television, film, and the New York stage during her 22-year acting career, the Ravens said. Her most widely known role was as nurse Meg Bentley in the daytime soap opera General Hospital in the late 1960s, and she also played Laura Brooks on the primetime TV drama "Peyton Place."

Modell also appeared on "Twilight Zone," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Perry Mason," and "Maverick."

At one point, the Ravens said, Modell had appeared in more television shows than any other woman in U.S. history. Her record was eventually broken by one of her closest friends, the late Lucille Ball.

Modell retired from acting after the couple married in 1969 and became involved in philanthropy. In Cleveland, she did work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Cerebral Palsy Association, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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  1. banasy©

    My sympathy to her family and friends.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim Allen

    She was great on Home Improvement

    October 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |