Patricia Breslin Modell, a longtime television actress who became the wife of former NFL team owner Art Modell, died Wednesday, Oct. 12. She was 80 and had been hospitalized for around five months.
During a 22-year acting career, Patricia Breslin performed on the New York stage, in motion pictures and on television. She starred in the “People’s Choice” television series with actor Jackie Cooper and played the role of Meg Bentley in the soap opera “General Hospital.” She also played Laura Brooks on the primetime soap opera “Peyton Place.”
Other TV roles included appearances on “The Twilight Zone,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason” and “Maverick.” One of her best friends was Lucille Ball.
She married Art Modell, former owner and president of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, in 1969, retiring from acting and immersing herself in her family and community improvement.
In Cleveland, Mrs. Modell was active in the Cleveland Musical Arts Assn., the Cleveland Ballet and the Playhouse Square Foundation, along with other charitable endeavors.
After Art Modell moved his football team to Baltimore in 1996, his wife served on the boards of institutions including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Walters Art Museum. In addition, the Modells contributed money to the Baltimore Museum of Art and gave $3.5 million to the Lyric Opera House, which was recently renamed the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.
Born in New York, Patricia Modell graduated from the College of New Rochelle.
She is survived by her husband two sons and six grandchildren.