Tag:Art Modell
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:11 pm

Patricia Modell dies at 80

Art and Patricia Modell (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patricia Modell, a longtime TV actress and the wife of former Browns/Ravens owner Art Modell, died Wednesday at the age of 80.

Patricia had been hospitalized for the past five months with pancreatitis, and she was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

She and Art Modell married in 1969, but before that, she appeared on General Hospital, Peyton Place, the Twilight Zone, Perry Mason and Maverick, and according to the Associated Press, she once held the title for appearing on more TV shows than any other woman in history (Lucille Ball eventually broke that mark).

After she married, she put her focus into philanthropy. From the AP:
In Cleveland, Mrs. Modell served on the board at Ursuline College and was active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Cleveland Musical Arts Association, the Cleveland Ballet, the Playhouse Square Foundation, and the Cerebral Palsy Association. She actively supported the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and she started and funded, along with her husband, the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland.

After Art Modell moved his football team to Baltimore in 1996, his wife served on several boards, including: House of Ruth, Gilchrist Hospice, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Walters Art Museum. In addition, the Modells contributed money to the St. Vincent's Center and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:21 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 11:54 am

Modell says he's still more hated than LeBron

One of the most interesting debates in sports debuts today: Who is the most hated man in Cleveland? LeBron James or Art Modell? Modell, now 85, doesn’t think there is any debate at all.

"Do I think LeBron James as he leaves Cleveland will become the most hated man in Cleveland, more hated than Art Modell?" Modell said to the News Herald of Northern Ohio from his home in Baltimore. "Nonsense. Nonsense. I don't think there's any basis for it.

"Maybe we can each take 10 foul shots. Whoever comes in second would be the most hated. I'm being sarcastic."

In the big picture, Modell is probably right. He took an entire franchise from the town. But today – Friday, July 9 – no one is more despised in the ultimate swing state than James.

--Andy Benoit 

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