Wednesday, March 7, 2012

RIP Wallace Earl

Wallace Earl Laven , aka Amanda Harley; Age 85 June 27, 1926 - February 27, 2012 Actress, singer, dancer; guardian ad litem. Much beloved wife and mother of the late Arnold Laven, daughter Barbara Laven, and son Larry Laven. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Rennie Skepner and nephew Bradley Skepner. She shared genuine mutual friendships with her caregivers, Betty Rodriquez and Maria Solis, and especially with her dear friend and caregiver, Ofelia Banuelos and close friend Maria Nava. She was adored by all her ?adopted? grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Bernie Nava, Christopher Taylor, Tabitha Taylor, Alma Solis, Jose Solis, Cynthia Ramirez, and Monica Alaya. We will always love and keep you close in our hearts, Mom, as you kept all of us. You were a rare and wonderful person. We will miss you so very much. There will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Arthritis Foundation , The Alzheimer?s Association, or to a charity of your choice . Published in the Los Angeles Times on March 4, 2012

WALLACE, Earl [aka Amanda Harley, Amanda Ames, Eileen Harley] (Wallace Earl Spikes)
Born: 6/27/1926, U.S.A.
Died: 2/27/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Earl Wallace’s westerns – actress:
Unconquered – 1947 (slave)
The Rifleman – (TV) - 1959, 1960, 1962 (Ruth, Myrtle, Claire)
Geronimo – 1962 (Mrs. Burns)
The Big Valley – 1966, 1967, 1969 (Mrs. Owens, saleslady, Mrs.Menar)
Rough Night in Jericho – 1967 (Ryan’s wife)
Sam Whiskey – 1969 (Mrs. Perkins)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1973 (Farina)


  1. I grew up across the street from her and played with her children. She was always very kind to me. My condolences to Barbara and Larry. Pam Buell Erselius

  2. A day late and a dollar short...I only found out about her passing this morning. My sincere condolences to her family. Of all the characters on the Rifleman, hers was the most genuine. Her true nature shown through, and brightly.