Louise Currie

Louise Currie
Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941 serial) 5.jpg
Louise Currie in Adventures of Captain Marvel, 1941
Born
Louise Gunter

(1913-04-07)April 7, 1913
Died September 8, 2013(2013-09-08) (aged 100)[1]
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1940–1956
Spouse(s)
  • Robert Hefner, Jr. (1934–1940; divorced); 1 child
  • John Whitney (1940–19??; divorced)
  • John Good (1948–1996; his death)
  • Grover Asmus (2002-2003; his death)

Louise Currie (April 7, 1913 – September 8, 2013)[2] was an American film actress, active from 1940 into the early 1950s.

Biography

Louise Currie (center) beside Alan Ladd in a publicity photograph for Citizen Kane (1941), in which they both had uncredited roles as reporters
Poster for The Masked Marvel (1943)

Currie was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charles W. Gunter, a banker,[3] and his wife, Louise (née Currie), whose maiden name she would take for her professional acting surname. She was prominent in society. While attending the Martha Washington Seminary, a finishing school for young women in Washington, D.C., she was chosen one of the ten most beautiful society girls in the nation's capital.[4] She attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she became interested in acting. She moved to Hollywood, California and attended Max Reinhardt's drama school, where she was spotted by talent scouts while taking part in the school's stage workshop. She declined to attempt screen tests until after graduation.[5]

With the help of her agent, Sue Carol, wife to actor Alan Ladd, she began working with Monogram Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Most of her movies were B-movies and serials, in which she often portrayed the heroine. Her film career began in 1940, when she appeared first in Billy the Kid Outlawed and then as a society debutante, in the Kay Kyser musical You'll Find Out.[4] In 1941 she starred in the serial Adventures of Captain Marvel opposite Tom Tyler.

Currie had an uncredited role in Citizen Kane (1941), as a reporter at Xanadu. She was the last surviving Kane cast member.[6]

From 1940–49 she had roles in 39 films, many of which were starring, including The Masked Marvel (1943). She made a few television appearances in the 1950s, retiring permanently from acting in 1956.[citation needed]

Personal life

Currie's marriage to Robert A. Hefner II, "scion of a wealthy Oklahoma oil family," ended in divorce January 29, 1940.[7] She married actor John Whitney (1918-1985) at the peak of her career, but the marriage ended in divorce. On May 4, 1948, she married character actor John Good.[8] He retired from acting, and the two opened a successful antique import-export business in Beverly Hills, remaining together until his death in December 1996.[9]

Other

In 1944, Currie had starred opposite Hollywood legend Bela Lugosi in Voodoo Man. Along with actress Lucille Lund and others, she took part in the documentary film Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997), which detailed the life and acting career of Lugosi. In 2002, she married Grover Asmus, widower of actress Donna Reed.[citation needed]

On May 17, 2010, Currie appeared at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills to introduce a screening of a restored print of the first chapter of the 1941 serial, Adventures of Captain Marvel.[10] She made repeat appearances on May 24, 2010 and August 16, 2010.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1940 Billy the Kid Outlawed Molly Fitzgerald
1940 You'll Find Out Marion Uncredited
1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! Bordine's Girlfriend Serial, Uncredited
1940 Billy the Kid Outlawed Molly Fitzgerald
1940 Billy the Kid's Gun Justice Ann Roberts
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Minor Role Uncredited
1941 The Pinto Kid Betty Ainsley
1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel Betty Wallace Serial
1941 Citizen Kane Reporter at Xanadu Uncredited
1941 Hello, Sucker Model Uncredited
1941 Tillie the Toiler Office Girl Uncredited
1941 Double Trouble Miss Mink
1941 Look Who's Laughing Jane, Marge's Friend Uncredited
1941 Dude Cowboy Gail Sargent
1941 Bedtime Story Hotel Telephone Operator Uncredited
1942 Call Out the Marines Girl Too Tired to Dance Uncredited
1942 The Bashful Bachelor Marjorie
1942 Stardust on the Sage Nancy Drew
1943 The Ape Man Billie Mason
1943 The Masked Marvel Alice Hamilton Serial
1943 Around the World WAAC Uncredited
1944 Million Dollar Kid Louise Cortland
1944 Voodoo Man Sally
1944 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Katherine Reynolds
1944 Christmas Holiday Stewardess Uncredited
1944 Sensations of 1945 English Girl Uncredited
1944 Practically Yours Uncredited
1945 Love Letters Clara Foley Uncredited
1946 Gun Town Buckskin Jane Sawyer
1946 The Bachelor's Daughters Salesgirl Uncredited
1946 Her Sister's Secret Dick's Blonde Girlfriend Uncredited
1946 Wild West Florabelle Bannister
1947 Backlash Marian Gordon
1947 Three on a Ticket Helen Brimstead
1947 The Crimson Key Heidi
1947 Second Chance Joan Summers
1947 The Chinese Ring Peggy Cartwright
1949 And Baby Makes Three Miss Quigley - Secretary Uncredited
1951 Queen for a Day Secretary

References

  1. ^ Magers, Boyd (2013-09-11). "News". Western Clippings. Retrieved 2013-09-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Louise Currie obituary, Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2013; retrieved 2013-09-16.
  3. ^ "Realism Note--Debs Play Debs". Ogden Standard-Examiner. Utah, Ogden. Associated Press. September 29, 1940. p. 15. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  4. ^ a b "RKO Director Makes Ten Strike". Oakland Tribune, December 15, 1940
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Mike. "Louise Currie Interview". Western Clippings. Retrieved May 8, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "'Citizen Kane' actress Louise Currie dead at 100". Wellesnet: The Orson Welles Web Resource. September 15, 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "On Grounds of 'Dictatorial In-Laws' Wife Is Divorced". The Times. Indiana, Hammond. International News Service. January 29, 1940. p. 43. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  8. ^ "Actor, Actress Marry". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. International News Service. May 5, 1948. p. 9. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  9. ^ John Good obituary, Variety, February 17–23, 1997.
  10. ^ Actress Louise Currie. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, May 17, 2010; retrieved January 26, 2013.

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