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Also Known As: Christine Larson Cook, Marjorie Goss, Christine Larson Cook Died:
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Birth Place: Durand, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, costume design, book illustrator, painter, greeting card painter, writer

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Attractive Hollywood starlet of the late 1940s and early 50s. Trained as a commercial artist, Larson entered the industry first as a costume designer with Western Costume Design in Los Angeles, working on the 20th Century Fox films "State Fair," "The Dolly Sisters" (both 1945) and "Dragonwyck" (1946) before parlaying her skills as a trophy-winning horsewoman into a screen career as a leading lady of six Monogram B Westerns ("Fighting Ranger," "Hidden Danger," "Outlaw Brand" and Partners of the Sunset" all 1948) opposite such Monogram stars as Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton and Jimmy Wakely. After one film for Republic ("Trial Without Jury" 1950), Larson appeared on TV's "Lights, Cameras, Action" where she was discovered by producer Harry Popkin and cast in "Second Woman" (1951); but appendicitis cost her the role. Larson made the first of four Columbia films, "The Well" in 1951 and virtually retired from the screen in 1953 after "The Valley of the Headhunters." She did not surface again until her name appeared in the 1991 Kitty Kelley biography of Nancy Reagan as the actress Ronald Reagan proposed to before marrying Nancy Davis.

Attractive Hollywood starlet of the late 1940s and early 50s. Trained as a commercial artist, Larson entered the industry first as a costume designer with Western Costume Design in Los Angeles, working on the 20th Century Fox films "State Fair," "The Dolly Sisters" (both 1945) and "Dragonwyck" (1946) before parlaying her skills as a trophy-winning horsewoman into a screen career as a leading lady of six Monogram B Westerns ("Fighting Ranger," "Hidden Danger," "Outlaw Brand" and Partners of the Sunset" all 1948) opposite such Monogram stars as Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton and Jimmy Wakely. After one film for Republic ("Trial Without Jury" 1950), Larson appeared on TV's "Lights, Cameras, Action" where she was discovered by producer Harry Popkin and cast in "Second Woman" (1951); but appendicitis cost her the role. Larson made the first of four Columbia films, "The Well" in 1951 and virtually retired from the screen in 1953 after "The Valley of the Headhunters." She did not surface again until her name appeared in the 1991 Kitty Kelley biography of Nancy Reagan as the actress Ronald Reagan proposed to before marrying Nancy Davis.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Valley of Head Hunters (1953) Ellen Shaw
2.
 Brave Warrior (1952) Laura Macgregor
3.
 Last Train from Bombay (1952) Mary Anne Palmer
4.
 Valley of Fire (1951) Bee Laverne
5.
 The Well (1951) Casey
6.
 Trial Without Jury (1950) Bernice Andrews
7.
 Crashing Thru (1949) Stella Drew
8.
 Belle Starr's Daughter (1948) Marie
9.
 Outlaw Brand (1948) Monica
10.
 Silver Trails (1948) Diane Chambers
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1942:
Moved to Los Angeles with mother when father died
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Worked at Western Costume Design, designing costumes, Los Angeles
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Went to 20th Century Fox where she worked on costumes for "State Fair" (1945), "The Dolly Sisters" (1945), "Dragonwick" (1946)
1948:
Film debut for Monogram in "The Fighting Ranger", "Hidden Danger", "Outlaw Brand", "Partners of the Sunset", "Silver Trails"
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TV debut, "Lights, Camera, Action"
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Discovered by producer Harry Popkin who cast her in "Second Woman" opposite Robert Young and Betsy Drake; hospitalized with appendicitis and lost role
1951:
First major film, "The Well"
1952:
Filed complaint with Los Angeles police department that her next door neighbor, Herbert Kubowitz, had fallen in love with her and built a periscope on his roof and had a flood light aimed at her house so that he could watch her night and day
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Education

Durand High School: Durand , Wisconsin -

Notes

Larson was a member of the Bahis religion during the early 1950s.

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companion:
Ronald Reagan. Actor, President of USA. Reputedly proposed to Larson in 1951; dated 1951-52.

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father:
Galen Goss. County commissioner, highway engineer. Died in 1942.

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