Louise Currie

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Louise Currie
Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941 serial) 5.jpg
Louise Currie in Adventures of Captain Marvel, 1941
Born Louise Gunter
(1913-04-07)April 7, 1913
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died September 8, 2013(2013-09-08) (aged 100)[1]
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1940–1956
Spouse(s)
  • Robert Hefner, Jr. (1934–1940; divorced); 1 child
  • John Whitney (1940–19??; divorced)
  • John Good (1948–1996; his death)
  • Grover Asmus (2002-2013; her death)

Louise Currie (April 7, 1913 – September 8, 2013)[2] was an American film actress, active from 1940 into the early 1950s.

Biography[edit]

Louise Currie (center) beside Alan Ladd in a publicity photograph for Citizen Kane (1941), in which they both had uncredited roles as reporters
Poster for The Masked Marvel (1943)

Currie was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charles W. Gunter, a banker,[3] and his wife, Louise (née Currie), whose maiden name she would take for her professional acting surname. She was prominent in society. While attending the Martha Washington Seminary, a finishing school for young women in Washington, D.C., she was chosen one of the ten most beautiful society girls in the nation's capital.[4] She attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she became interested in acting. She moved to Hollywood, California and attended Max Reinhardt's drama school, where she was spotted by talent scouts while taking part in the school's stage workshop. She declined to attempt screen tests until after graduation.[5]

With the help of her agent, Sue Carol, wife to actor Alan Ladd, she began working with Monogram Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Most of her movies were B-movies and serials, in which she often portrayed the heroine. Her film career began in 1940, when she appeared first in Billy the Kid Outlawed and then, as a society debutante, in the Kay Kyser musical You'll Find Out.[4] In 1941 she starred in the serial Adventures of Captain Marvel opposite Tom Tyler.

Currie had an uncredited role in Citizen Kane (1941), as a reporter at Xanadu. She was the last surviving Kane cast member.[6]

From 1940–49 she had roles in 39 films, many of which were starring, including The Masked Marvel (1943). She made a few television appearances in the 1950s, retiring permanently from acting in 1956.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Currie's marriage to Robert A. Hefner II, "scion of a wealthy Oklahoma oil family," ended in divorce January 29, 1940.[7] She married actor John Whitney (1918-1985) at the peak of her career, but the marriage ended in divorce. On May 4, 1948, she married character actor John Good.[8] He retired from acting, and the two opened a successful antique import-export business in Beverly Hills, remaining together until his death in December 1996.[9]

Other[edit]

In 1944, Currie had starred opposite Hollywood legend Bela Lugosi in Voodoo Man. Along with actress Lucille Lund and others, she took part in the documentary film Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997), which detailed the life and acting career of Lugosi. In 2002, she married Grover Asmus, widower of actress Donna Reed.[citation needed]

On May 17, 2010 Currie appeared at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills to introduce a screening of a restored print of the first chapter of the 1941 serial, Adventures of Captain Marvel.[10] She made repeat appearances on May 24, 2010) and August 16, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Magers, Boyd (2013-09-11). "News". Western Clippings. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  2. ^ Louise Currie obituary, Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2013; retrieved 2013-09-16.
  3. ^ "Realism Note--Debs Play Debs". Ogden Standard-Examiner. Utah, Ogden. Associated Press. September 29, 1940. p. 15. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b "RKO Director Makes Ten Strike". Oakland Tribune, December 15, 1940
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Mike. "Louise Currie Interview". Western Clippings. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "‘Citizen Kane’ actress Louise Currie dead at 100". Wellesnet: The Orson Welles Web Resource. September 15, 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  7. ^ "On Grounds of 'Dictatorial In-Laws' Wife Is Divorced". The Times. Indiana, Hammond. International News Service. January 29, 1940. p. 43. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Actor, Actress Marry". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. International News Service. May 5, 1948. p. 9. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ John Good obituary, Variety, February 17–23, 1997.
  10. ^ Actress Louise Currie. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, May 17, 2010; retrieved January 26, 2013.

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