Patience is proclaimed to be the first person in Indian cinema to play double role; two sisters in the film Patni Pratap, and a mother and daughter in Kashmiri Sundari. She won a beauty contest in London.
Her initial marriage with MA Isphahani at the age of 21 did not last long. Thereafter, she married Gul Hameed Khan who died of lymphoma some six years after the wedlock. Following the second marriage, she adopted Islam and changed her name to Sabra Begum. However, she remained in good terms with Isphahani.
She migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Patience Cooper is known to have fostered 17 children during her lifetime. She lived the last of her days with her two adopted daughters in Karachi and died in 1983.