Christine Larson

Actor, Costume design, Painter
Attractive Hollywood starlet of the late 1940s and early 50s. Trained as a commercial artist, Larson entered the industry first as a costume designer with Western Costume Design in Los Angeles, working on the 20th ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1924 in Durand, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Production Management (1)

Florida Straits (Movie)

(Second Assistant Director)

Biography

Attractive Hollywood starlet of the late 1940s and early 50s. Trained as a commercial artist, Larson entered the industry first as a costume designer with Western Costume Design in Los Angeles, working on the 20th Century Fox films "State Fair," "The Dolly Sisters" (both 1945) and "Dragonwyck" (1946) before parlaying her skills as a trophy-winning horsewoman into a screen career as a leading lady of six Monogram B Westerns ("Fighting Ranger," "Hidden Danger," "Outlaw Brand" and Partners of the Sunset" all 1948) opposite such Monogram stars as Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton and Jimmy Wakely. After one film for Republic ("Trial Without Jury" 1950), Larson appeared on TV's "Lights, Cameras, Action" where she was discovered by producer Harry Popkin and cast in "Second Woman" (1951); but appendicitis cost her the role. Larson made the first of four Columbia films, "The Well" in 1951 and virtually retired from the screen in 1953 after "The Valley of the Headhunters." She did not surface again until her name appeared in the 1991 Kitty Kelley biography of Nancy Reagan as the actress Ronald Reagan proposed to before marrying Nancy Davis.

Relationships

Mother
maiden name was Larson

Husband
married a man with surname Cook

Galen Goss

Father
died in 1942

Ronald Reagan

Companion
reputedly proposed to Larson in 1951 dated 1951-52

EDUCATION

studied commercial art at Stout Institute

Durand High School

Durand, Wisconsin
organized the school drama club

Milestones

1952

Filed complaint with Los Angeles police department that her next door neighbor, Herbert Kubowitz, had fallen in love with her and built a periscope on his roof and had a flood light aimed at her house so that he could watch her night and day

1951

First major film, "The Well"

1948

Film debut for Monogram in "The Fighting Ranger", "Hidden Danger", "Outlaw Brand", "Partners of the Sunset", "Silver Trails"

1941

Moved to Los Angeles with mother when father died

Went to 20th Century Fox where she worked on costumes for "State Fair" (1945), "The Dolly Sisters" (1945), "Dragonwick" (1946)

Discovered by producer Harry Popkin who cast her in "Second Woman" opposite Robert Young and Betsy Drake; hospitalized with appendicitis and lost role

Worked at Western Costume Design, designing costumes, Los Angeles

TV debut, "Lights, Camera, Action"

Bonus Trivia

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Larson was a member of the Bahis religion during the early 1950s.

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