Bel Air Man Killed by Cops Was Son of Beauty Queen Ann Lee Patterson

Bel Air Man Killed by Cops Was Son of Beauty Queen Ann Lee Patterson
Then Ann Lee Patterson/Miss United States

The man fatally shot by police in Bel Air over the weekend appears to be the son of a late Miss United States, Anne Bandler, who also worked on Broadway in "Ziegfeld Follies" and "Show Boat" in the 1930s.

See also: Robert Bandler Shot by LAPD in Bel Air.

From 1991 to at least as far back as 1983, Anne Bandler was listed as the owner of the home at 1256 Stone Canyon Road, according to L.A. County Assessor's Office. The police shooting of Robert Joseph Bandler took place outside that residence early Sunday.

Records indicate the beauty queen was Anne Lee Patterson before marrying Joseph Bandler and eventually giving birth to Robert, who has the same name as the 75-year-old who was shot, and brother James.

An 18-year-old Patterson was the 1931 Miss Northern Kentucky, Miss United States of America, and a Miss Universe runner-up before she moved on to Broadway and eventually to Los Angeles.

According to the Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky:

When Miss Patterson returned to Ludlow in June 1932, the city sponsored a large parade in her honor. Hundreds marched and several bands participated. A community-wide reception followed at the city building. Patterson later worked in New York City in the Ziegfield Follies and in the musical "Showboat."

... In 1936 she married Joseph Bandler. The couple had two sons, Robert and Joseph. The family resided in Bel-Air, California.

Anthony Crump of the assessor's office told us the owner of the 1256 Stone Canyon Road property is listed as a City National Bank trust. That has been the case since 1998, he said.

Before that it was listed under the "James P. Bandler" trust, Crump said. (The other Bandler son is listed documents as James, age 73.) From '91 to as far back as digital records go, Anne Bandler owned the house, he said.

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Though it's a multi-million-dollar property, it was assessed this year at $345,198 based on its 1975 value plus a two percent increase a year per California's Prop. 13 tax law, Crump said.

Records indicate recent annual taxes on the home to be $4,838.

Records show that Robert Bandler contributed to the "Protect Prop. 13" campaign, which fought to keep property taxes low for homeowners.

The 1.1 acre, five bed, six bath property was developed in 1932.

Police say they were called to the residence about 3:30 a.m. Sunday after a Southern California Gas Company Worker responding to a reported gas leak said he was confronted by a man with a handgun.

Bandler then allegedly produced a shotgun and had some kind of confrontation with cops in front of the home, causing them to open fire and fatally wound him, the LAPD alleges in a statement.

Neighbors told reporters that Robert Bandler had numerous run-ins with police in recent years. (One called him "Crazy Bob.") Some believed he was a Vietnam veteran with PTSD and possible alcohol issues.

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