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Patricia McCormick

  • Birth 12 May 1929 Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Death 26 Mar 2013 Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico, per her wish.
  • Memorial ID 107950379

Sports Pioneer. A matadora, she was the first North American girl to gain success in the ancient Spanish art of bullfighting. Raised in St. Louis, she was introduced to bullfighting at age seven during a family trip to Mexico City. Relocating to West Texas in her early teens, Patricia graduated from high school and studied music at Texas Western College where she found that she did not have the voice to fulfill her ambition of singing opera, but never lost her fascination with bullfighting. She frequently traveled to Juarez to watch the fights and began training, using her father's World War I blanket as her practice cape. Patricia made her September 9, 1951 debut at Ciudad Juarez then after refining her skills in the 'minors' was allowed to join the Mexican bullfighters' union in January of 1952. Neither the first girl bullfighter nor even the first pretty one, she lacked the wealth and high social position of some such as Peruvian Concita Cintron and found acceptance difficult due to both her sex and her nationality. Nevertheless, thru the next decade she killed around 1,000 bulls, mostly in Mexico, and earned both respect and a fan-following. Over her career she suffered at least six cornadas (horn wounds) with one sustained in 1954 at Ciudad Acuna so severe that she was given Last Rites. Following her 1962 retirement Patricia spent the following 40 years in Pasadena, California, where she was a artist of note and rarely spoke of her time in the limelight. Moving to Midland, Texas, she experienced financial reversals and was close to becoming homeless until she was befriended by a Del Rio gun shop owner who had been an eight year old boy at the time of her 1954 goring and remembered that one of his mother's friends had helped nurse her back to health. During her final years she was once again to become known in bullfighting circles, making appearances at exhibitions and arenas and in 2006 receiving honors at Ciudad Acuna. She died in a West Texas nursing facility.

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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 7 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 107950379
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Patricia McCormick (12 May 1929–26 Mar 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107950379, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico, per her wish..