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Also Known As: Virginia Feld, Virginia Ricketts, Virginia Kraft Died: July 24, 1996
Born: March 5, 1920 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: Stanton, Iowa, USA Profession: actor

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Virginia Christine's creative partnership with famed director-producer Stanley Kramer encompassed six films. The two most well-known entries in the collaboration are the 1952 Gary Cooper Western "High Noon" and the 1967 topical drama "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," in which Christine portrayed Hilary St. George, the racist co-worker of Katharine Hepburn's Christina Drayton. In the midst of all this, Christine also began, in 1965, one of the most iconic partnerships between an actor and a commercial product, beginning a 21-year run as Mrs. Olsen in Folger's Coffee spots. During her long TV and film career, Christine starred in the odd horror film, most notably 1956's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," though her part was small. Christine began her career in radio and was always good with accents and dialects, so it's somewhat appropriate that after first hitting the airwaves in the '40s, she ended her career contributing various voices for the animated TV series "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo." Christine also appeared on a number of classic TV Western series, such as "The Virginian."

Virginia Christine's creative partnership with famed director-producer Stanley Kramer encompassed six films. The two most well-known entries in the collaboration are the 1952 Gary Cooper Western "High Noon" and the 1967 topical drama "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," in which Christine portrayed Hilary St. George, the racist co-worker of Katharine Hepburn's Christina Drayton. In the midst of all this, Christine also began, in 1965, one of the most iconic partnerships between an actor and a commercial product, beginning a 21-year run as Mrs. Olsen in Folger's Coffee spots. During her long TV and film career, Christine starred in the odd horror film, most notably 1956's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," though her part was small. Christine began her career in radio and was always good with accents and dialects, so it's somewhat appropriate that after first hitting the airwaves in the '40s, she ended her career contributing various voices for the animated TV series "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo." Christine also appeared on a number of classic TV Western series, such as "The Virginian."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Woman Of The Year (1976) Alma
2.
 In Enemy Country (1968) Frau Gulden
3.
 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Hilary St. George
4.
 Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966) Eva Oster
5.
 A Rage To Live (1965) Emma
6.
 One Man's Way (1964) Anna Peale
7.
 The Killers (1964) Miss Watson
8.
 Cattle King (1963) Ruth Winters
9.
 The Prize (1963) Mrs. Bergh
10.
 Incident in an Alley (1962) Mrs. Connell
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1969:
Appeared in "Hail, Hero!" starring Michael Douglas
1952:
Appeared in "High Noon"
1956:
Featured in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
1961:
Had a role in Kramer's "Judgement at Nuremberg"
1940:
Married fellow actor Fritz Feld
:
Stage debut playing the role of "Hedda Gabler"; noted the role as one of her personal favorites
1943:
Motion picture debut in "Edge of Darkness," starring Errol Flynn; played the role of a peasant girl named Miss Olson
1961:
Played the role of Widow Ovie for a season at NBC in "Tales of Wells Fargo"
1944:
Appeared in "Mummy's Curse"
1967:
Worked on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in the role of Katherine Hepburn's business partner
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California -

Notes

Served as honary mayor of Brentwood

Did volunteer work with Planned Parenthood

Judged the annuall American College Theater Festival

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husband:
Fritz Feld. Actor. Married on November 16, 1940; died on November 18, 1993.

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son:
Steven Feld. Survived her.
son:
Danny Feld. TV still photographer. Survived her.

Contributions

TopCat ( 2006-06-05 )

Source: http://www.tvacres.com/admascots_mrsolsen.htm

Ms. Christine was the advertising Mascot "Mrs. Olson," often seen hawking Folger's coffee in TV ads from 1963 to 1985.

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