Wednesday, February 3, 2016

RIP Kristine Miller



Kristine Miller Schuyler

The Monterrey County Herald
February 3, 2016

Kristine Miller Schuyler, movie and television star joined her husband William H. Schuyler with their Lord and Savior, late in 2015. She was the child of Danish-born Johannes Bach Eskesen and American-born Myrtle Bennet Witham. Kristine received her love of acting, singing and performing from her mother, a talented opera singer.

Born Jacqueline Olivia in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where her father worked as a Standard Oil executive. She and her family moved to Denmark when she was seven. In her youth she became fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Danish, which would later aid her in creating characters of European origin. In 1938 she, her mother and sister came to San Francisco, later settling in Los Angeles.

After appearing in several High School productions, Kristine garnered a screen test from Warner Brothers' Hal Wallis, a well-known producer of famous films, including Jezebel and Casablanca. After Wallis moved to Paramount, he signed her to a contract in July, 1946 and changed her stage name to Kristine Miller. She appeared in films at Paramount, and others at MGM, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, Monogram and Republic studios, including I Walk Alone, opposite Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity with Montgomery Clift and Donna Reed, Sorry, Wrong Number with Barbara Stanwyck and Nancy (Davis) Regan, and Too Late For Tears with Lizabeth Scott, to name a few.

Kristine also starred on the small screen as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones in the 1955 Emmy Award winning television series Stories of the Century opposite Jim Davis. She also appeared in dozens of made-for-television movies and other series such as Wagon Train, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, and The Millionaire, to name a few. You can learn more about her extensive movie and television career by Googling, Kristine Miller.

Kristine met her husband, William, during WWII. But, their courtship was postponed until after the war. They married in a small family ceremony in 1953, followed by a more lavish ceremony at the Presbyterian Church in Hollywood that was more befitting a film star. She and Bill had a life-long devotion to each other and to their Lord through the Presbyterian Church.

Kristine left Hollywood behind in the late 1950's when Bill, a television pioneer and entrepreneur, headed sales for KTVU Channel 2 in the San Francisco bay area. In 1968 they moved to Monterey Peninsula as founders and co-owners of the local CBS affiliate KMST, which Bill insisted stood for Kristine Miller Schuyler Television. Later she and her husband founded other television stations in Sacramento, two in Boise, Idaho, and finally, another one back in Monterey, KSMS.

During the more than forty-five years she and her husband lived on the Monterey Peninsula, she was invited to attend film noir festivals and speak about her career. She also generously gave time to philanthropic activities using her skills as a dramatic reader, singer, master of ceremonies, and more.

Kristine adored her involvement in P.E.O. Chapter NJ; her years attending Bible Study at Carmel Presbyterian Church; her years singing with the Church choir, and the Monterey County Choraleers.

Kristine was preceded in death by her husband and "prince charming", Bill, her beloved sister Dorthea, and her young daughter, Linda. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth, her cousin Carol, and Bill's nephews and niece, Mick, Robert and Nancy.


MILLER, Kristine (Jacqueline Olivia Eskeson)
Born: 6/13/1925, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 2/?/2016, Monterey, California, U.S.A.

Kristine Miller’s westerns – actress:
High Lonesome – 1950 (Abby Davis)
Young Daniel Boone – 1950 (. Rebecca Bryan)
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1951 (Cindy)
Secret of Outlaw Flats – 1953 (Cindy Howard)
Stories of the Century (TV) – 1954-1955 (Margaret Jones)
Thunder Over Arizona – 1956 (Fay Warren)
Domino Kid – 1957 (Barbara Ellison)
The Persuader – 1957 (Kathryn Bonham)
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1959 (Florence Wheeler)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1958 (Loetha)
The Texan (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Ruth Fenton, Mattie Benton)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961 (Ruth Hudson)

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