Friday, April 3, 2009
So Bad it's Good
Original caption: Patricia Ellen McCormack, the pigtailed 9-year-old you see warming up for mayhem here is giving what reviewers call "the most sensational" performance by a child in decades in her role of a child murderess in the stage adaptation by Maxwell Anderson of The Bad Seed. The off-stage Patty bears no resemblance whatsoever to the stage Patty. Patricia Ellen's father, Frank Russo, is a fireman with Engine Co. 250 in Brooklyn. She assumed the name McCormack when she became a working girl at the age of four. Her mother, Mrs. Betty Russo, skated in the roller derby and was a semi-pro ball player in the softball league. In a recent interview, the suggestion was made that Patty may be a great star when she grows up. To which the little stage monster replied, "Oh no, know what I want to be when I grow up? A nun."