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Virginia Christine Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Mar 5, 1920
  • Died: Jul 24, 1996
  • Birth Name: Virginia Christine Ricketts

Of Swedish-American heritage, Virginia Christine (born Virginia Kraft) grew up in largely Scandinavian communities in Iowa and Minnesota. As a high schooler, Christine won a National Forensic League award, which led to her first professional engagement on a Chicago radio station. When her family moved to Los Angeles, Christine sought out radio work while attending college. She was trained for a theatrical career by actor/director [[Performer~P22985~Fritz Feld~fritzfeld]], who later became her husband. In 1942, she signed a contract with Warner Bros., appearing in bits in such films as [[Feature~V15305~Edge of Darkness~edgeofdarkness]] (1943) and [[Feature~V102572~Mission to Moscow~missiontomoscow]] (1944). As a free-lance actress, Christine played the female lead in [[Feature~V33766~The Mummy's Curse~themummyscurse]] (1945), a picture she later described as "ghastly." Maturing into a much-in-demand character actress, Christine appeared in four [[Performer~P98064~Stanley Kramer~stanleykramer]] productions: The Men (1950), [[Feature~V35713~Not as a Stranger~notasastranger]] (1955), [[Feature~V63796~Judgment at Nuremberg~judgmentatnuremberg]] (1961) and [[Feature~V21044~Guess Who's Coming to Dinner~guesswhoscomingtodinner]] (1967). Other movie assignments ranged from the heights of [[Feature~V25288~Invasion of the Body Snatchers~invasionofthebodysnatchers]] (1956) to the depths of Billy the Kid Meets Dracula (1978). To a generation of Americans who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, Christine will forever be Mrs. Olson, the helpful Swedish neighbor in scores of Folger's Coffee commercials. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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