In the late 70s teenager, then known as Patti Lawrence, 14-year-old Patience arrived in London at the behest of Vogue magazine.
By her mid-late teens she was rubbing shoulders and partying with the biggest names in showbiz.
Tomorrow (Monday 24th April 2017) Patience launches her new book Where Do You Go To My Lovely published by Excalibur Press – an honest and frank memoir of her time as a well-known model and dancer.
One of her most favourite memories is her friendship with Superman actor Christopher Reeve.
Former Legs & Co dancer Patience hit it off with superstar Reeve over their mutual love of horse riding.
In her book she writes: “Many years ago I had a chance encounter at a party with a very handsome young American actor called Christopher Reeve. He was charming and oh so handsome. He was also in London making a film where he played the lead role – Superman.
“We had a mutual love of and interest in horses and when, over the years, we were at the same events, he would always make a point of coming over to chat with me.”
Every day during her time in London Patience would meet the biggest stars.
“Looking back now I can hardly believe it was me, I was going to the biggest parties of the day and seeing celebrities that most people only saw in movies, on the TV or in newspapers and magazines” she said.
“Back then the celebrity world was very different. The people we were meeting were real celebrities and very well known.”
But Christopher Reeve made an impact on the young model.
The star, who lives with her husband Ivor and their family of Chihuahuas in Holywood, explained: “During that time I would have encountered a lot of people who were incredibly false. Everything to them was about image, looking for the next big break. You could see as they were talking to you that their eyes were scanning the room looking to see who could help them in their career and as soon as one was spotted you were dropped like a hot potato.
“This wasn’t the case with Christopher. He was a genuinely charming man. The charm was not an act, it was simply who he was. Good looks in men can work in one of two ways. Some good-looking men feel entitled. They are gorgeous and you should be grateful that you are breathing the same air as them.
“Then there are the ones like Christopher. He was genuinely uninterested in his looks. He was simply a very nice person. But why shouldn’t he be. He had a beautiful wife, a great career and three beautiful children.”
Patience even remembers fondly the moment she met the Hollywood superstar after his widely publicised accident that left him paralysed.
“After he fell from the horse during a show jumping competition everything changed. He was left paralysed from the neck down, unable to breathe without the aid of a ventilator. No-one would have blamed him if he had just given up” said Patience.
“What we all learnt was that he didn’t just act like Superman, he really was a super man. Instead of retreating from society he embraced it.
“It was a few years after the accident that I found out I was going to be at the same event as him. I’ll be honest, I was nervous about how I would cope with meeting him again. His young son was there and I watched from across the room, as his son held a drink up for his father, wiped his mouth and then lifted his father’s hand to his own cheek.
“I took a deep breath and walked over to see my old friend. We chatted and he introduced me to his young son Will. The same charm was there, the blue eyes still held you mesmerised and suddenly all pity was gone. In its place was an overwhelming sense of admiration and pride for such a wonderful individual.”
Where Do You Go To My Lovely by Patience Bradley is published by Excalibur Press and available on Amazon and www.excaliburpress.co.uk/
BY TINA CALDER.