Mary Patricia was born in Fort Worth, Texas back in 1921 to Jay and Mary. Her parents divorced just 10 days prior to her birth. Mary moved to New York with her mother however, at 12 she was sent to live with her grandmother for a year. This put a strain on the already rocky relationship.
According to Mary her mother once told her she had tried to abort her by drinking turpentine. This love-hate relationship continued to haunt her for the rest of her life. Mary’s grandmother taught her to read and write at an early age.
In 1942 Mary graduated from Barnard College majoring in English composition. She endured cycles of depression which threw her into drinking and smoking excessively. One wrote of her as being “mean, cruel, hard, unlovable, unloving human being. Once during a cocktail party, she showed up with a head of lettuce and a hundred snails proclaiming they were her “companions for the evening”.
She had several affairs although she never married she preferred women over men. She was a consummate atheist. She died in 1995 at 74. Now for the rest of the story. I’m writing about Mary Patricia Plangman hmm, name doesn’t ring a bell? Okay let’s try Patricia Highsmith. She wrote 22 novels, her first one was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock “Strangers on a Train”. So Kathy did you know this famous Texan?