|1936 March 17
||A dwarf star is born: Patricia Anne Maloney begins
life in Perkinsville,
New York, the second-last of no fewer than three children.
(Patty herself revealed her birth year, three years later than an
anonymous Wikipedia editor had supposed.) Seven years later, the
family moves to a suburb of Orlando, Florida.
||While developing her show business talents, Patty
becomes a keypunch operator, and later a computer operator, at
National Airlines in New York. There she meets Joseph Vitek, a
4-foot 8-inch printer from Chicago. After a long exchange of mail,
Patty and Joseph are married in New York and move back to Chicago.
She takes a position as keypunch operator at Clipper Carloading
while he runs his printing business.
||After the death of her husband and the loss of her
premature baby, both circa 1970, Patty reluctantly returns to show
business. Her television series debut is on the Krofft
brothers’ production Far Out Space Nuts. She
also has a starring role in The Star Wars Holiday Special
and makes guest appearances on various prime-time television
||Patty appears in a few feature films, starting with
Under the Rainbow, and performs the voice of Darla
Hood in the animated version of The Little Rascals,
produced jointly by Hanna-Barbera and King World. In 1989 she,
Billy Barty and two other male dwarf actors put on a TV
sketch-comedy show, Short Ribbs, which is broadcast
only in Los Angeles.
||Patty makes what seems to be her final large-screen
appearance in Twin Falls Idaho.
|2000 July 01
||James Vipond establishes the Patty Maloney
Appreciation Site (renamed the Patty Maloney Zone as of 2018
||Patty makes what seems to be her final television
appearance in an episode of My Name Is Earl.
||Patty is diagnosed with macular degeneration, which
limits her ability to read scripts and other printed matter.
||Patty appears in Hanlet: Episode 4½
– Attack of the Phantom Special, a documentary
about the making of the Star Wars Holiday Special.