(Courtesy of Fabian Cepeda)
Above - Pat Starling circa early to mid 1940s.
Above - Pat Starling circa 1948 (crop from the group image shown below).
Above - a screen capture of Pat Starling from the public domain SUNSET CARSON RIDES AGAIN (Yucca/Astor, 1948).
Real name: Laverne Patsy McCartney
1. Newspapers.com had an article from the August 10, 1941 issue of the Courier-Journal newspaper from Louisville, Kentucky. The article was about entertainment at the Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky: "One young lady from Covington (Kentucky) who started as an entertainer on the Devou Park program is now in Hollywood making a picture with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. She Is Pat Starling (Patsy McCartney to home folk) ... "
As noted above, Laverne Patsy McCartney was born November 27, 1927 in Kentucky. Her parents were Cornelius H. McCartney (nicknamed "Neal") and Bertha C. Schucter McCartney. The family was living in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky in the 1930s but had relocated to Los Angeles at the time of the 1940 census. Father Neal was a parts and service manager for automobile dealers.
Starling then disappears from films and the movie business. Patrecia L. McCartney marries George F. Schweiger, Jr. in 1951 ... and begins a new life in San Fernando Valley, California society. They reside in Sherman Oaks, California and have a Malibu beach house. And Pat Schweiger volunteers for all kinds of charitable events and activities including the support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. The Newspaper Archive website had dozens of articles - many with photos - of Pat Schweigher / Mrs. George F. Schweiger, and most were from the Van Nuys (California) The News newspaper. Additional info was found on movie fan magazines, Ancestry.com and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). And Pat was still buddies with actress Yvonne de Carlo. Summaries follow:
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Pat Starling: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0823397/
A few articles (with photos) are available at Google's Newspaper Archive:
1942 - Starling is "Miss Victory of 1942", a beauty contest at the Victory House in Pershing Square, Los Angeles: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2245&dat=19420713&id=QEYzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=l-4HAAAAIBAJ&pg=5200,620630
On the trail of Pat Starling
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) provide more on Pat Starling:
For those interested in more on Pat Starling, I have several image files containing newspaper clippings and photos of Pat Starling and Mrs. George F. Schweiger. If you want, shoot the Old Corral webmeister an e-mail and I'll send to you.
(Courtesy of Boyd Magers)
Above are Sunset Carson and blonde Pat Starling in a lobby card and crop/blowup from FIGHTING MUSTANG (Yucca/Astor, 1948). This was one of five oaters that Sunset did for Astor release several years after his Republic westerns. Pat Starling was the leading lady/heroine in four of the five.
(Courtesy of Bob Cason)
Above - Pat Starling is sandwiched between two no-goods in a still from SUNSET CARSON RIDES AGAIN (Yucca/Astor, 1948). On the left is Stephen Keyes and on the right is John 'Bob' 'Lefty' Cason.
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above - from L-to-R in the top row are B-western heavy/henchman Tex Terry, Pat Starling, William Boyd and Bob Nolan. Bottom row from L-to-R are Roy Rogers, a mystery lady named "Mrs. Peters", and Spade Cooley. This photo is from the 'Western Hall of Fame Hoss Opera' at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on November 28, 1948. It was organized by Tim Spencer (Sons of the Pioneers) and singer/song writer Cindy Walker ("You Don't Know Me" and more, including nearly all of the Bob Wills songs in the Russell Hayden films).
October, 2011: Joe Hyatte is the owner of the Rock Run Cafe and Bakery in Parke County Indiana (formally owned by movie badman/henchman Tex Terry who called it "Tex's Longhorn Restaurant"). Tex had sold the restaurant to Joe's parents, and the property included a bunch of movie memorabilia as Tex had saved just about everything from his movie days. "Mrs. Peters" was Dorothy Peters and she was married to Tex before he married his agent Isabel Drasemer.
Calin Coburn (Bob Nolan's grandson) and Elizabeth Drake McDonald have created a fantastic website on Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers. There's a webpage with all kinds of details, images, and copies of the program and the purpose of the event was a fundraiser to create a Western Hall of Fame museum. That museum didn't happen. According to the program, Pat Starling had two jobs: carry the American flag for the singing of the National Anthem at the event start and a later skit with Russ Hayden and Dub 'Cannonball' Taylor: http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Special%20Features/Photo%20of%20the%20Month/2009/05%20May%20-%20Hoss%20Opera.htm