-Patricia Ann Priest was born in Bountiful, Utah USA in 1936 and is an American actress, best known for playing Marilyn Munster in the TV series “The Munsters”.
-Pat is still alive and living in Idaho, having retired from acting in the early 70s.
-She is married to Frederick Hansing, with whom she has no children, and was previously married to Pierce Andrew Jensen Jr., with whom she has two sons.
-Pat is an animal lover and enjoys charity work, reading, and spending time with children.
-Her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.

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SpouseFrederick Hansing, Pierce Jensen Jr.
MarkLisp, breathless voice
FactAuditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Dawn Wells.
PaymentsEarned $750 /week from The Munsters (1964)

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Patricia Ann Priest was born in Bountiful, Utah USA, on 15 August 1936, so her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, best known for playing Marilyn Munster in the TV series “The Munsters”. Although there have been some rumors that Pat died in 2019, she is alive and well, but no longer acting.

Early life and education

Pat spent her first years in Bountiful where she was raised by her parents Roy Priest and Ivy Baker Priest, who divorced when Pat was still very young, and she then moved to Washington D.C. with Ivy.

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Her mother was working as the USA Treasurer, and her signature could have been seen on the money printed between 28 January 1953 and 29 January 1961.

Pat attended Washington Lee High School located in Arlington, Virginia, where she first became interested in acting, but also became a model while attending her final year there. She continued her education at Marjorie Webster Junior College, graduating in 1958.

Career as an actress

Pat served as a page girl during the Republic National Convention held in 1952, and she spent the following years working as a model appearing in commercials and several plays.

She started appearing in theatre plays in the second half of the ’50s, such as “The Tender Trap” and “Bus Stop”, and then launched her TV career in 1957 when she guest starred in the series “Perry Mason”, which was followed by her appearance in the series “The Virginian” in 1964. In the same year, she appeared in the show “Bewitched”, and made uncredited appearances in two films “Looking for Love” and “Quick, Before It Melts”.

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She was then contacted by her agent who told her she might be an excellent replacement for Beverley Owen who was portraying Marilyn Munster in the series “The Munsters” before she married and left the show. The two girls resembled each other that much that most people who were watching the show didn’t realize that the actress had changed. The series stars Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, and Yvonne De Carlo and follows a family of monsters in their little adventures and misadventures.

In 1966, Pat was supposed to play Marilyn once more in the comedy film “Munster, Go Home!” but the producers believed she was too old for the role, which eventually went to Debbie Watson.

She starred alongside Elvis Presley in the adventure comedy film “Easy Come, Easy Go” in 1967, which also stars Dodie Marshall and follows Ted Jackson (Elvis) who works as a singer and a deep sea diver, and who finds a treasure during one of his dives. The year 1970 saw her appear in a single episode of the series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, while she was in a lead role in the horror movie “The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant”, alongside Bruce Dern and Casey Kasem.

She retired shortly after these roles, and started working as a restaurateur in Idaho where she has been living for more than 20 years now.

Pat had health issues in 2001 when it was discovered that she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which was eventually removed at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute.

Love life and relationships

Pat met her first husband Pierce Andrew Jensen Jr. while attending high school in 1952, and the two dated for over three years before marrying on 20 August 1955. She gave birth to their son Lance Jensen on 29 August 1958, and their second son Pierce Jensen followed on 10 July 1960. It is widely believed that Pat’s fame was a problem for her husband, who apparently became overly jealous, which eventually led to their divorce on 4 March 1967.

Some years later she met Frederick Hansing, a businessman, and they married on 5 December 1981, an event attended by the two’s closest friends and family. They don’t have any children together, and there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage.

It is believed that Pat was romantically linked to several actors alongside whom she played in various movies and TV series, but she hasn’t addressed these rumors.

Hobbies and other interests

Pat was interested in modelling during her teenage years, but always looked at it as her hobby, although she competed in the Norfolk Azalea Pageant in 1954, winning it.

She has been eating healthy food since she was a young girl, avoiding fast food, alcohol, and cigarettes as this was not good for her ‘modelling hobby’. She has her own favorites when it comes to actors and actresses, some of whom are Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts, while some of her favorite movies include “Patch Adams”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “Runaway Bride”.

Pat has been interested in doing charity work since she started acting, and has donated money to several organizations, and has as well volunteered with some.

She is a lover of animals and has had many pets including dogs, cats and birds, while her favorites are horses and swans. Pat enjoys spending her free time surrounded by children, and is also keen on reading with her favorite writers being Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare.

Appearance and net worth

Pat is 83 years old. She has medium long blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 4ins (1.64ins) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of March 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.

General Info

Full NamePat Priest
EducationWashington-Lee High School


SpouseFrederick Hansing, Pierce Jensen Jr.
ChildrenPierce Jensen, Lance Jensen
ParentsIvy Baker Priest, Roy Fletcher Priest


NominationsTV Land for The Most Irreplaceable Replacement Award
MoviesHere Come the Munsters, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, Easy Come, Easy Go
TV ShowsThe Munsters

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#Marks / Signs
1Her role as Marilyn Munster on The Munsters (1964)
2Lisp, breathless voice


The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971)$5,000
The Munsters (1964)$750 /week


1I have had very good feelings, and dealings with professional collectors. They are some of my best customers. I think they provide a wonderful service to fans and memorabilia collectors because a lot of the time these people would not be able to find out about or get in touch with those stars whose autographs they would love to possess.
2I think the most gratifying thing has been the many stories people tell me about watching The Munsters (1964) as a family and what these times have meant to them. When you work on a show, you never really know the impact you've had on people, until you do an autograph show, where they get to tell you how they feel.
3[on her reaction to being asked to provide an autograph] I was really taken by surprise! I couldn't understand why anyone would want my autograph. I was only doing a television show and felt I wasn't very important. I was very pleased, but also a little embarrassed by the moment.
4[on The Munsters (1964)] I tested for the part on a Wednesday, they called me on Thursday, I signed the contracts on a Friday and started working on Monday. That was my big break.


1Gave birth to her first child at age 22, a son named Lance Jensen on August 29, 1958. Child's father was her husband, Pierce Andrew Jensen Jr.
2Gave birth to her second child at age 23, a son named Pierce Jensen on July 10, 1960. Child's father was her husband, Pierce Andrew Jensen Jr.
3As of July 2010 was an antique dealer, along with her sister, at a shop in Boise, ID. She has just finished maintenance treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is in remission.
4As of September 2001 she was living in Hailey, ID, where she restores and resells houses. In May 2001 she was diagnosed with lymphoma, but she was undergoing treatment to contain the disease.
5In November 2000, she was a guest at the Asheville Film Festival (now called the Western North Carolina Film Festival) in Asheville, North Carolina, along with Pamela Sue Martin, Julie Parrish, Elizabeth MacRae, James Whitmore, Soupy Sales, Rhodes Reason, Noreen Nash and Peggy Moran.
6Auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Dawn Wells.
7Attended and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1954.
8Is a member of Delta Zeta sorority, Alpha Chi chapter.
9Queen of the Norfolk (Virginia) Azalea Pageant in 1954.
10When she was a young girl, her family moved from Salt Lake City to Bountiful, Utah. Although Bountiful is a small town, she was exposed to entertainment work through her mother, Ivy Baker Priest, who often wrote, directed and produced road shows for the Mormon church.
11Selected as one of the Capitol's "Ten Most Beautiful Women" while living in Washington, D.C. with her mother, United States Treasurer Ivy Baker Priest, whose signature appeared on United States currency from 1953-1961.
12Best known for playing Marilyn Munster on the television series The Munsters (1964); however, she took over the role after Beverley Owen left the series to get married. Priest stayed with the series until its cancellation in 1966.
13Bought a 1967 Cadillac El Dorado convertible, with a black leather interior, from Elvis Presley for $3,000. She traded it in a couple of years later for a new Pontiac, rather than keeping Elvis' convertible as a collector's item. She did not tell the dealer it had been owned by Elvis.



Here Come the Munsters1995TV MovieCameo appearance
Mary Tyler Moore1976TV SeriesLila Nivens
Run, Joe, Run1974TV SeriesGrace Gilbert
Some Call It Loving1973Carnival Nurse
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant1971Linda
Mission: Impossible1971TV SeriesKathrine Berat
Airport1970Mrs. Jerry Copeland - Passenger (uncredited)
Bewitched1969-1970TV SeriesRuthie Campbell / Nurse / Mrs. Goodall
The Virginian1969TV SeriesMary Lou
Ironside1969TV SeriesGoldie
The Red Skelton Hour1966-1968TV SeriesTessie Torso
Run for Your Life1968TV SeriesSusan
Mannix1967TV SeriesLouise Carter
Easy Come, Easy Go1967Dina Bishop
The Lucy Show1966TV SeriesStewardess
Perry Mason1964-1966TV SeriesNorma Fenn / Sally Young
The Munsters1964-1966TV SeriesMarilyn Munster
Death Valley Days1964-1965TV SeriesNora Jackson / Nancy
My Favorite Martian1964TV SeriesDella Darwell
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesStudent Nurse
Wendy and Me1964TV SeriesBetty Allison
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV SeriesKaren Joyce Pennell
Quick Before It Melts1964Stewardess (uncredited)
Valentine's Day1964TV SeriesLola
Looking for Love1964Waitress (uncredited)
The Jack Benny Program1964TV Series1st Dancer
The Lieutenant1963TV SeriesWaitress / Diane


Biography2003TV Series documentary very special thanks - 1 episode


Bizarre Transmissions from the Bermuda Triangle2015TV SeriesHerself
Shipping Wars2015TV SeriesHerself
Biography2000-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Legend of Forrest Tucker1997Documentary shortHerself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryMarilyn Munster - The Munsters
The Lego Munsters2011ShortMarilyn Munster
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself


Nominated Awards

2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsThe Most Irreplaceable ReplacementThe Munsters (1964)
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsIrreplaceable ReplacementThe Munsters (1964)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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