Patricia Highsmith’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

January 19, 1921

Death Date

February 4, 1995

Age of Death

74 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Ospedale La Carità, Locarno, Switzerland



The novelist Patricia Highsmith died at the age of 74. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

An American writer of psychological thrillers, she is best known for Strangers on a Train and the popular Tom Ripley series. Many of her novels and short stories, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, were adapted into films.

She graduated from Barnard College in 1942 and subsequently worked as a comic book writer.

She bred over three-hundred snails in the garden of her home in Suffolk, England.

She was born in Texas, and she grew up in New York City. Throughout her adult life, she had relationships with both men and women.

Her novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.



I don’t want to know movie directors. I don’t want to be close to them. I don’t want to interfere with their work. I don’t want them to interfere with mine.

Patricia Highsmith

I don’t think Ripley is gay. He appreciates good looks in other men, that’s true. But he’s married in later books. I’m not saying he’s very strong in the sex department. But he makes it in bed with his wife.

Patricia Highsmith

I prefer to live in the country where it’s quiet. Woody Allen movies there are dubbed into Italian.

Patricia Highsmith

I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial.

Patricia Highsmith

Ripley is married. And he’s not lost. He has his feet on the ground.

Patricia Highsmith