TV Movie | TV-PG | | Biography, Drama
Following the close of World War II, General George S. Patton is seriously injured in a car accident and not expected to survive. "The Last Days of Patton" tells the story of these last few... See full summary »
Jean Gordon (portrayed by Kathryn Leigh Scott in the film) was General Patton's niece and it was rumored over the years that they may or may not have had an affair. Some claimed Patton started the rumor as he was getting on in age and was trying to maintain some vestige of his manhood and that the relationship was more like father/daughter. Gordon was also said to be romantically involved with a married U.S. Army officer while in Europe in 1944-45 and was despondent when he left her to go back to his wife. Others state that the affair did in fact happen, and she was confronted by Beatrice Patton about it a few weeks after the General's death in December 1945. Sadly, either way, Jean Gordon took her own life by leaving the gas stove on in her apartment in January, 1946.
General George S. Patton Jr.:
If there's no doubt in your minds that I'll be paralyzed for the rest of my life, then let's cut out all of this crap right now and let me die.
An army official tells the assembled reporters, "We've tried to accommodate the media." The term "media" to refer to journalists wasn't used before the 1960's.