Margot Patricia Newcomb.
Date of birth : July 9, 1930, Washington D.C.
Practise : Marilyn's press agent; she worked for the Arthur Jacobs agency.
Her parents were Carman Adams Newcomb Jr (December 28, 1898, St Louis, Missouri-December 2, 1978, Los Angeles) and Lilllian "Lily" Levie (October 6, 1906, Stark County, Ohio-March 2000).
Her paternal grand-father, Carman Adams Newcomb (July 1, 1830, Mercer, Pennsylvania-April 6, 1902, St Louis,
Pat's father represented the
big companies of the coal industry in Washington D.C, including the Great
Lakes Coal and Coke
Corporation which were ran by George Skakel (father of Ethel
Skakel, future Mrs Robert Kennedy). The Skakels had purchased some vast hectares in the south of California for the
enhancer of the city of Rancho Palo Verdes, and built the Del Amo shopping center (Orange County).
Supervised by Samuel Rosenman, the Fox board of directors sold in 1962 the land located behind the Fox studios to make it Century City; it was purchased by Alcoa Aluminium, a subsidiary company of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation.
Her mother was a social worker.
She attended the Immaculate Heart School in Hollywood, then the Mills College for girls in Oakland (California) where she graduated in psychology in 1952. At Mills Collège, she attended the courses of Pierre Salinger (he would later become the Kennedys spokesman).
In 1952 she was hired by Pierre Salinger as research associate about the corruption in the teamsters union, because Salinger prepared an article about it. She helped him to meet Robert Kennedy.
She worked in the public relations agency of Arthur Jacobs.
She had gained the trust of her colleagues and clients and was worthy of the respect of everyone because of her discretion, her intelligence and her wit.
She was interested in politics, in particular in the deprived people issues and people deprived of their civic rights.
In March 1956 she had to go with Marilyn in Los Angeles and to deal with her press relations during the shooting
of "Bus Stop" (1956) -
Their relationship deteriorated during the outdoor shooting, so that Arthur Jacobs called her back in Los Angeles.
In 1958 already, and until the 1980's, she worked for the big PR agency Roger & Cowan, where she represented
In May 1959, she was the one who organized Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher's wedding at the Tropicana Hotel
In November 1960 Rupert Allan
(who was for a long time Marilyn's press agent) left Marilyn during the shooting of "The Misfits" (1961). Arthur Jacobs suggested to replace him with Pat Newcomb, and let John
Springer deals with her business in New York; Marilyn agreed and Pat Newcomb came back to work with her.
During the 18 following months, she became an essential member of Marilyn's circle, a friend as much as an employee.In 1961 she also worked for Natalie Wood.
On March 5, 1961, she accompanied Marilyn who was leaving the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
She went with Marilyn at the beginning of 1962 in Mexico to buy some furniture for the house she had just purchased, on 5th Helena Drive.
On March 1, 1962, she was with Marilyn during the visit of the Catholic NAtional Institute for the Protection of
On March 5, 1962, she accompanied Marilyn at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony:
In May 1962, she went with her in New York City, where Marilyn sang for John Kennedy.
May 18, 1962, rehearsals at the Madison Square Garden
May 19, 1962, John
Kennedy's birthday party
In July 1962 she organized the series of interviews and picture sessions. She wanted to give a boost to
She was present during the picture session with George Barris, in West Hollywood :
The morning of August 4, 1962, she was at Marilyn's home, because she had slept there. She woke up at noon.The versions are different about the exact time Pat Newcomb spent at Marilyn's home this day, mainly devoted to have sun baths beside the pool. The opinions varied depending on the time Dr Greenson began his analysis sessions with Marilyn.
According to her own words, she learned Marilyn's death in the following way :
"The lawyer Mickey Rudin woke me up at 4.00 AM. He told me that Marilyn was dead of an overdose. I rushed at Marilyn's house. It had been written that I saw Marilyn's body, but it's not true. All the reporters were there, I was infuriated and I screamed, treating them as vultures. Then I came back home, not knowing anything else than anybody else about the way Marilyn died".
Later, she declared that Marilyn "seemed normal during this last day". However she was severe about the lack of coordination about Marilyn's different doctors, the reason why she had access to a huge quantity of sedatives and barbiturates.
During the 2 days following Marilyn's death, she dealt with the phone calls from reporters from the whole world.
She thought (and was at the right place to do it) that Marilyn was dead of an accidental overdose.
She belonged to the rare people who attended Marilyn's funeral :
She belonged to the rare people who attended Marilyn's funeral :
The partisans of the conspiracy theory based
on her comings and goings during the years after Marilyn's death, to
prove that she was a party to the dissimulations. It's said that
immediately after Marilyn's burial, she flew to
The partisans of the conspiracy theory based on her comings and goings during the years after Marilyn's death, to prove that she was a party to the dissimulations. It's said that immediately after Marilyn's burial, she flew toHyannis Port, the Kennedys property.
August 12, 1962, cruise on the "Manitou", offshore the Maine
End of August 1962, she went to Europe. She went back to the USA in February 1963 and worked as a specialist of information at the Information Agency; her work consisted in promoting the international cooperation and the American prestige abroad, by means of film industry.
In 1963, Walter Winchell asserted in an article that she worked in Washington D.C and had a place obtained by Robert Kennedy. The Kennedy's gratitude towards her was several times pointed out, despite her many public denials.
In December 1963, she was back in California and worked again as PR.
In October 1964 she assisted Robert Kennedy in his senate campaign.
In 1966 among others, she handled Natalie Wood's public relations.
In 1968 after Robert Kennedy's death, she worked at Fox studios.
she founded the Pickwick Public Relations agency with Pat Kingsley
(Warren Cowan's assistant, from the Roger & Cowan's agency),
Gerry Johnson and Lois Weber Smith.
Lois and Johnson were at the New York's office, while Pat Kingsley and Pat Newcomb were in Los Angeles.
At that time, the studio publicists system was ending. Every PR was its own, it was a great time to be in this business.
In August 1970, she was back to Washington DC where she worked for the Congressional Leadership, campaining through the USA for the Democrats.June 28, 1982, she married Charles Gareth Wigan (December 2, 1931, England-February 13, 2010, Los Angeles) in Los Angeles. They'd remained married until his death. They didn't have any child together.