Patti Gilbert was Queen Shirley on “Batman” to Victor Buono’s King Tut

This one’s not about Hank or MJ — my stepmother Patti was also an important part of my life although she and my father were married only seven or eight years. An actress in Chicago dinner theater, she moved to try her luck in Hollywood when she already had two daughters, Laurel and Gina. She scored a few small roles in “Get Smart,” “That Girl,” and most notably as one of King Tut’s consorts in “Batman.” Voted Miss Subways in her youth in New York, she also did voiceovers for commercials, painted, produced a play and wore a Pucci dress like nobody’s business. Here’s the obit I wrote — I like to think she would have been thrilled to be in Variety.

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