Mozelle Britton

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Mozelle Britton Dinehart Gosser
Born (1912-05-12)May 12, 1912
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Died May 18, 1954(1954-05-18) (aged 42)
Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Alma mater Pasadena Playhouse
Occupation Film actress and journalist
Years active 1930 to 1936

(1) Alan Dinehart (married 1933-1944, his death)

(2) Thomas W. Gosser (married 1948-1953, her death; separated prior to her death)
Children Mason Alan Dinehart, aka Alan Dinehart, III

Mozelle Britton (May 12, 1912 – May 18, 1953)[1] was an American movie actress and columnist. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she relocated to southern California when she was seventeen years old.

Film career[edit]

She studied at the Pasadena Playhouse and later appeared in films produced at Fox and Columbia Pictures.

Personal life[edit]

She also worked as an assistant casting director at Columbia, when she met and married actor Alan Dinehart in 1933. He was divorced at the time; the marriage lasted eleven years until his death. They had a son, Mason Alan Dinehart, also known as Alan Dinehart, III. In 1948, she wed Thomas W. Gosser, an engineer and inventor. They separated five months before her death. She turned to writing and produced a daily column carried in a number of California and out-of-state newspapers.

In April 1953, Britton sought police aid in finding her son, Alan, who she believed was eloping with his 16-year-old sweetheart. The pair was found the following day, unwed and broke, and returned to their homes.

This "Mason Alan Dinehart" was subsequently cast in thirty-four episodes as a young Bat Masterson on the ABC/Desilu television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian in the title role.[2]


Mozelle Britton died at the age of forty-one at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been under treatment for a heart ailment. According to her sister, Mrs. Allamae Gingg, Britton's death was hastened by overwork. She had been preparing a benefit show in San Diego for the American Cancer Society.

Mozelle and Alan Dinehart are entombed together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[3]

Mozelle Britton left her entire $60,000 estate to her mother, Ida Belle Britton. She left her son and second husband $1 each. In the case of her son, Britton wrote that she anticipated her mother would nevertheless "take care of his needs".

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Mozelle Britton". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Full Cast and Crew for The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alan Dinehart". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 

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