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|Mozelle Britton Dinehart Gosser|
May 12, 1912|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
|Died||May 18, 1954
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|
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.
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 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".
- "Mozelle Britton". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- "Full Cast and Crew for The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- "Alan Dinehart". findagrave.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1953, "Mozelle Dinehart, 41, Widow of actor, Dies".
- Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1953, "Alan Dinehart's Widow Wills Mother estate"