Sunday, December 1, 2019

RIP Dianne Foster


[According to the SAG-AFTRA Fall magazine Canadian actress Dianne Foster died on August 27, 2019. Place and cause is not mentioned and I can find no published obituary.]

DIANNE FOSTER was born in 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta. Her birth name was Olga Helen Laruska.

After two years of radio work in Canada, Dianne moved to London and  acted with Orson Welles on radio in “The Lives of Harry Lime”.

Subsequently , on the London  stage, she was in Welles’ “Othello” and Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.”

While in the U.K. Dianne made two films, The Quiet Woman (1951) and The Lost Hours (1952 with Mark Stevens ).

Moving to Hollywood, her first role was playing a British character in TV’s “Four  Star Playhouse”. Her film debut was in BAD FOR EACH OTHER.

Within a four year period, Dianne had costarred with Charlton Heston,Dana Andrews, Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd and James Stewart.

Not a bad record. I  always liked  Dianne . She had a rich, warm speaking voice and held her own  opposite the big stars.

She did some  TV in the 60s, with an appearance in “The Wild Wild West” her last role in 1966. She retired to look after her three children.

She later married dentist Dr. Harold Rowe in 1961 and they were together till his death in 1994.


FOSTER, Dianne (Olga Helen Laruska)
Born: 10/31/1928, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died: 7/27/2019, Hidden Hills, California, U.S.A.

Dianne Foster’s westerns – actress:
The Kentuckian – 1955 (Hannah Bolen)
The Violent Men – 1955 (Judith Wilkinson)
Night Passage – 1957 (Charlotee ‘Charlie’ Drew)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Joyce Edwards)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Laurie Harris)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Marian Templeton)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960 9Jenny Dupree)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Ella Congreve, Elaine Griffin)
Outlaws (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Lainie McDonough, Ann Dineen)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1960 (Leslie Evers)
Have Gun – Will Travel – 1961 (Marion Sutter)
Laramie (TV) – 1961 (Ellie Jacobs)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962 (Cornelia Conrad)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 (Ellie Jacobs)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966 (Amanda Vautrain)

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