Patty Freedman, Publicist and Former Actress, Dies at 64

Courtesy Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations  
Patty Freedman

She represented Margo Martindale, the late Eartha Kitt, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Circle in The Square.

Patty Freedman, the co-owner of Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations and a former actress, has died. She was 64.

Freedman died Feb. 17 of breast cancer in her New York home, where she was surrounded by friends and family, her company announced.

Freedman's many clients included Margo Martindale, Eartha Kitt, Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman, Jason Robert Brown, Julie Halston, Liz Larsen, Billy Strich, John McDaniel, Lea Delaria and Steven Lutvak.

She also spearheaded publicity campaigns for theater-specific accounts such as the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; Circle in The Square, where she served as a board member; The Bushnell; the Yale School of Drama, where she lectured; and Syracuse University. And she was instrumental in bringing The Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, the 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical, to Broadway.  

Freedman began her career in show business as Patty Dworkin with The Kenley Players in Ohio and then performed on Broadway in such productions as See-Saw, Shenandoah and Sly Fox.

When she appeared with Jackie Gleason in Sly Fox, she came to the attention of ABC casting executives, who signed her to a contract and brought her to Los Angeles.

Freedman then appeared on such TV shows as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Happy Days, Delta House, One Day at a Time and Eight Is Enough; the films Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Mr. Mom (1983) and Ghostbusters (1984); and in commercials for Ford, Airwick, Kleenex and Snuggles Fabric Softener.

Born in Detroit, Freedman was raised in Southfield, Mich. She attended Cass Tech, Detroit’s performing arts high school, Interlochen Summer Camp for Performing Arts, and the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in musical theater.

Survivors include her husband Andrew and sons Alexander and Christopher. Donations in her memory can be made to The Young Women’s Leadership Network