Thesp Gilbert dies

She played King Tut's wife on 'Batman'

Patti Gilbert, a voice and character actress who appeared as King Tut’s queen Shirley on “Batman” and on other hit TV shows in the late ’60s and ’70s, died of complications due to diabetes Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. She was 79.

Gilbert started her career in New York, where she was voted Miss Subways of 1950. She modeled for the John Robert Powers agency and performed in summer stock productions.

In Chicago she was the leading lady in many dinner theater productions and was often a guest on Irv Kupcinet’s radio show.

She guested on the “Unkindest Tut of All” episode of Batman opposite Victor Buono as King Tut. She also made two appearances on “Get Smart,” as well as on “That Girl” and “Felony Squad.”

Gilbert, born Patti Friedman, did voiceovers for TV spots and for animation such as “The Phantom Tollbooth” and “Uncle Sam Magoo.” Married three times, her second marriage was to UPA Prods. owner Henry G. Saperstein, father of Variety associate editor Pat Saperstein.

Among her other endeavors were working with Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley on the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, notably arranging contributions from Indian tribes.

She is survived by daughters Laurel Phillips and Gina Moffitt and three grandchildren.

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