Virginia Christine


Actor

About

Also Known As
Virginia Feld, Virginia Ricketts, Virginia Kraft
Birth Place
Stanton, Iowa, USA
Born
March 05, 1920
Died
July 24, 1996
Cause of Death
Heart Ailment

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

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

Notes

Served as honary mayor of Brentwood

Did volunteer work with Planned Parenthood

Biography

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."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Woman Of The Year (1976)
In Enemy Country (1968)
Frau Gulden
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Hilary St. George
Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)
Eva Oster
A Rage To Live (1965)
Emma
The Killers (1964)
Miss Watson
One Man's Way (1964)
Anna Peale
Cattle King (1963)
Ruth Winters
The Prize (1963)
Mrs. Bergh
Incident in an Alley (1962)
Mrs. Connell
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Mrs. Halbestadt
Flaming Star (1960)
Mrs. Phillips
Three Brave Men (1957)
Helen Goldsmith
The Careless Years (1957)
Mathilda Vernon
Johnny Tremain (1957)
Mrs. Lapham
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Secretary
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
Mary Gillespie
Nightmare (1956)
Sue Grayson Bressard
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Wilma
The Cobweb (1955)
Sally
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
Mrs. Rigsbee
Not As a Stranger (1955)
Bruni
Dragnet (1954)
Mrs. Caldwell
Never Wave at a WAC (1953)
Lt. Myles
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)
Jenny
The First Time (1952)
Nurse
High Noon (1952)
Mrs. Simpson
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951)
Sister Marthe
Special Agent (1949)
Mabel Rumpler
Cover Up (1949)
Margaret Baker
Night Wind (1948)
Jean Benson
Women in the Night (1948)
Claire Adams
The Gangster (1947)
Mrs. Karty
The Invisible Wall (1947)
Mildred Elsworth
Idea Girl (1946)
Evelina
House of Horrors (1946)
Daisy Sutter
The Killers (1946)
Lilly Harmon Lubinsky
The Mysterious Mr. Valentine (1946)
Lola Carson
The Inner Circle (1946)
Rhoda Roberts
Murder Is My Business (1946)
Dora Darnell
Phantom of the Plains (1945)
Celeste
Girls of the Big House (1945)
Bernice
The Mummy's Curse (1945)
Princess Ananka
Counter-Attack (1945)
Tanya
The Old Texas Trail (1944)
Queenie Leone
Raiders of Ghost City (1944)
Truck Busters (1943)
Eadie Watkins
Edge of Darkness (1943)
Hulda
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Pebbles

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Not As a Stranger (1955)
Dialect consultant

Cast (Special)

The Unexplained (1956)
Mother

Life Events

1940

Married fellow actor Fritz Feld

1943

Motion picture debut in "Edge of Darkness," starring Errol Flynn; played the role of a peasant girl named Miss Olson

1944

Appeared in "Mummy's Curse"

1952

Appeared in "High Noon"

1956

Featured in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

1961

Had a role in Kramer's "Judgement at Nuremberg"

1961

Played the role of Widow Ovie for a season at NBC in "Tales of Wells Fargo"

1967

Worked on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in the role of Katherine Hepburn's business partner

1969

Appeared in "Hail, Hero!" starring Michael Douglas

Videos

Movie Clip

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - Uncle Ira Was Uncle Ira Well into the flashback from unglued suburban doctor Miles (Kevin McCarthy), he recalls telling anxious Wilma (Virginia Christine) that her uncle (Tom Fadden) appears unchanged, her cousin Becky (Dana Wynter) trying to reassure, early in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) - Has Something Happened? From producer-director Stanley Kramer’s credits, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton (Katharine Hepburn’s niece, in her movie debut) arriving in San Francisco, at her mother’s gallery where Hillary (Virginia Christine) presides, in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, 1967, starring Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
Johnny Tremain (1957) - Boston, 1774 Opening the Walt Disney Studios adaptation of the 1948 Newberry Award-winning novel, Hal Stalmaster (younger brother of the casting agent Lynn) the title character, Sebastian Cabot his client, Will Wright, Virginia Christine and Luana Patten his sponsoring family, in Johnny Tremain, 1957.
Gangster, The (1947) - I'm In A Hole Shorty (Henry Morgan) and cashier Dorothy (Joan Lording), both with plenty attitude, both work for title-character Shubunka (Barry Sullilvan) in his boardwalk soda-shop front operation, gambler Karty (John Ireland) pleading for for a bailout, in The Gangster, 1947.
One Man's Way (1964) - I Have No Sermon Theology grad arriving at his new church in Rhode Island, young Norman Vincent Peale (Don Murray) meets congregants (Hope Summers, Virginia Sale) then turns to his minister father (William Windom) to rescue his first sermon, in the bio-pic of the self-help pioneer, One Man’s Way, 1964.
Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula - Looked Like A Wolf Did It Squeaky bat lurks as Betty (Melinda Plowman) snoozes, guest (Virginia Christine) guarding, then exposition with Billy (Chuck Courtney), who has more trouble with treacherous ranch hands (Bing Russell, Lennie Geer), in producer Carroll Case's hybrid programmer Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula, 1966.
Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula - Vampires On The Brain Harry Carey Jr. arrives to tell Billy (Chuck Courtney) and others about the stagecoach taken by Indians, John Carradine the vampire having assumed the identity of one of the victims, young Eva (Hannie Landman) knowing better, mostly confusion in Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula, 1966.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) - So Appallingly Stupid! Hillary (Virginia Christine) with Joey (Katharine Houghton) and Dr. Prentice (Sidney Poitier), whose engagement has just been revealed, then getting a momentous telling-off from her art gallery senior partner Christina (Katharine Hepburn), in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, 1967.

Trailer

Family

Steven Feld
Son
Survived her.
Danny Feld
Son
TV still photographer. Survived her.

Companions

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

Bibliography

Notes

Served as honary mayor of Brentwood

Did volunteer work with Planned Parenthood

Judged the annuall American College Theater Festival