May 14, 2022 4:44 pm

Patricia Goodliffe, the last great love of Guy Williams, El Zorro: “After his death I spent 20 years without having another relationship”

Patricia Goodliffe is, as she herself says, the last great love of Guy Williams, famous for embodying the popular character The Fox, that went deep into the hearts of all Argentines. Their relationship was to such an extent that, according to her own words, they planned to be parents.

“I lost a Guy pregnancy. I remember that we went together to see my gynecologist, we had dealt with the issue very seriously”, he says, to THE NATION, Patricia Goodliffe. “We started the relationship in 1984 and it lasted until his death (4/30/1989). I know that Araceli Lizaso, her previous Argentine partner, said that when she died she was about to marry him, but that is a fantasy, ”explains the woman with a surname of English origin, former mother-in-law of the model and host. Jimena Cyrulnik and photographer’s mother Lucas Kirby.

“He was 20 years older than me, I met him at the office, he was a client. I worked at the Puente Hermanos exchange house, and one of my colleagues had made friends in the United States for many years.. Since he spoke English, one day he called me and told me that he was going to introduce me to someone. It was him. It was back in ’84. I had already crossed paths with him in the elevator of the Hotel Alvear some time before. I didn’t recognize him at the time. I remember that I looked at him out of the corner of my eye because he was splendidly handsome. And he me from top to bottom”, Patricia recalls those first moments.

Patricia and Guy began their relationship in 1984

The story continued and had them both as exclusive protagonists: “In the office we met, we greeted each other, we chatted… He told me that he had to return to the United States, but when he returned to Argentina we had to leave. I told him yes, but not much more than that. I thought: ‘This one should invite everyone.’ About two years passed, in the middle he suffered an aneurysm. One day the phone rings at work and it was him who told me: ‘I’ll be back next week. remember that we have a date (an appointment). He came to Buenos Aires and we went out, it was September 1984. And one thing led to another…”, he details with a laugh.

Arturo, Patricia's dad, is sitting at the table with her and Guy
Arturo, Patricia’s dad, is sitting at the table with her and Guy

The relationship lasted until he died –Patricia details, and adds-: In between we fought a couple of times, but we always came back. When he died there were some particular circumstances. I worked at the foreign exchange office and that weekend of April 29 and 30 my phone broke, which was more common at that time. So I called him from my neighbor’s house on Sunday the 30th, he didn’t answer, which was not unusual. The following Monday and Tuesday was declared a foreign exchange holiday, but I worked the same way. He didn’t know, that’s why he wasn’t going to call me at the office. I said, ‘He must be calling home and I don’t have a phone. On Wednesday I went by the apartment, I saw that the blinds were down, I thought he had gone to Córdoba because we were about to travel there, to La Cumbrecita, to a friend’s house.

Together they shared countless moments that Patricia still remembers with love
Together they shared countless moments that Patricia still remembers with love

The fatal outcome of the death had already occurred, but nobody knew it, until on Saturday, May 6, a neighbor perceived a bad smell in front of the door of her semi-floor apartment in Ayacucho and Alvear, notified the manager and they called the police who found him dead in the bathtub. “That day my brother told me because the neighbor is a close friend of his and he told him what had happened so that he would tell me. I swear I couldn’t believe they found him dead, I immediately went to the police station, it was horrible, very unpleasant and sad”, Patricia recalls.

Lucas Kirby, ex-husband of Jimena Cyrulnik, along with Guy Williams
Lucas Kirby, ex-husband of Jimena Cyrulnik, along with Guy Williams

Patricia Goodliffe recalls that during the almost five years that the relationship lasted, she lived with her son, Lucas Kirby: “He was at school from Monday to Friday and came on weekends. Guy loved him very much. Lucas was amused that my partner was El Zorro, Hahaha. We went to Colegio San Jorge to look for him and it became a real show for the boys to see him there. He was very intelligent and cultured, in a very good mood, witty, funny. He loved politics. We were 20 years old, when we met he was 60 and I was 40, at those ages the difference is not so noticeable. I accompanied him a lot because he had just suffered an aneurysm the previous year. After that he practically had to learn to read again, it was the only difficulty he had left, it took him a while to read precisely because he was passionate about reading”.

"We were 20 years old, when we met he was 60 and I was 40", remembered
“We were 20 years old, when we met he was 60 and I was 40,” he recalled

-The journalist and actress Araceli Lizaso says that they planned to marry Guy on May 1, just the day after his death. She insisted that he was going to ask for her hand and there would be a wedding.

-It is true that she lived with him before me. It never stopped hanging around him. Around there Guy told me, ‘why don’t you know who I ran into today’. I responded immediately: ‘Yes, I can imagine, with Araceli’. She was always there, waiting, searching. And in one of our fights, I know they went out a couple of times because Guy didn’t hide it from me. He was very honest and frank. I would never have dated both of them at the same time.

Patricia Goodlife recalls that during the almost five years that the relationship lasted, she lived with her son, Lucas Kirby
Patricia Goodlife recalls that during the almost five years that the relationship lasted, she lived with her son, Lucas Kirby

-Why do you think you would invent that you were going to marry him knowing that he was going out with you?

-She is very fanciful, I don’t want to criticize her too much because it sounds like a witch fight. All the people who knew us know the life we ​​led. I would like to ask him where they were going to do it (the wedding). Because Guy couldn’t get married in Argentina. We did go to do the paperwork for the wedding. They asked him for the birth certificate that had been burned when the archive where he was kept caught fire. And to top it off, here they had issued his identity card as Guy Williams and that was not his real name (his name was Armando Giuseppe Catalano). To make matters worse, they put him as a single marital status and he was divorced. All a mess.

Patricia still keeps some of Guy's documents, such as his identity card, full of errors
Patricia still keeps some of Guy’s documents, such as his identity card, full of errors

Did they try to fix it?

-Of course, because he wanted to marry me. So he went to the American consulate to see if he could fix it and they told him not to even think about raising the question about it because what the authorities who gave it to him at the time had committed was a crime. That ID was trout, so that’s why we couldn’t get married. See if I got the game birth in the name of Armando Giuseppe Catalano and in his Argentine identity card he was called Guy Williams, he had a double identity, a piece of paper. I’ll tell you another detail that proves what I told you about Araceli’s fantasy of marrying Guy. How was she going to do it if she went to the funeral with her husband at the time?

Patricia collaborates with several dog shelters and is also in a group of weavers that make blankets for shelter schools in the interior of the country.
Patricia collaborates with several dog shelters and is also in a group of weavers that make blankets for shelter schools in the interior of the country.

-Did you take care of the paperwork when the death was discovered?

-I organized and I took care of everything, I spoke with Steve, his son, to give him the news. Today I still have a very good relationship with Anthony, his daughter. Araceli was told by her friend Fernando Lúpiz. The truth is that Guy was the love of my life. I loved him deeply. After he died I went 20 years without having a relationship with another man. It was very difficult for someone to move my shelf, Hahaha, not only for the physical part but for the mental, the personality. I didn’t care about his fame, yeah his intelligence and humor.

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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