Pauline Moore

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Pauline Moore
Pauline Moore 1938.jpg
Pauline Moore, 1938
Born Pauline Joless Love
(1914-06-17)June 17, 1914
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died December 7, 2001(2001-12-07) (aged 87)
Sequim, Washington, U.S.
Cause of death Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis[1]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1931–58
  • Jefferson Machamer (m. 1934–1960) (his death)
  • Dodd Watkins (m. 1962–1971) (his death)
Children Tom Machamer
Laurie Machamer Shreeve
Wendy Machamer Geagan [2][3]

Pauline Moore (June 17, 1914 – December 7, 2001)[4] was an American actress known for her roles in Western and B movies during the 1930s and 1940s.

Early years[edit]

Moore was born Pauline Joless Love on June 17, 1914 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[5] After her father died during World War I, her mother remarried in 1925 and Moore took her stepfather's name.[6] She attended Darlington Seminary in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and William Penn High School in Harrisburg.[7]


The Edna Preston stock theater company gave Moore her first professional acting opportunity.[1] She moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s, and also starred on Broadway and worked as a model.

From the late 1930s through the early 1940s, Moore made 24 films for 20th Century Fox, with whom she was contracted. Her film debut came in Frankenstein (1931).[8]

She later worked for Republic Pictures, starring in four Roy Rogers westerns, as well as the film King of the Texas Rangers in 1940, starring football great Sammy Baugh. Moore starred in three Charlie Chan films, starring alongside Cesar Romero, Allan Lane, and Kane Richmond. She also starred alongside Shirley Temple in the 1937 film Heidi, and alongside Henry Fonda in the 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln.

In the early 1940s, she retired from acting to raise her she three children, but continued to act into the 1950s.

From her first uncredited role in 1931 through to her last role in 1958, Moore's career spanned a total of 30 films. She made a few television appearances in the 1950s, including a bit part in Spoilers of the Forest in 1957 alongside Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston, but for the most part her acting career had ended, by her own choice.

Personal life[edit]

Moore was married to the cartoonist Jefferson Machamer from 1934 until his death in 1960.[9] They had three children. In 1962, she married Rev. Dodd Watkins, whose death in 1972 left her a widow for the second time.[9]


Moore died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 2001, at a nursing home in Sequim, Washington.



  1. ^ a b "Actress Pauline Moore dies at 87". Associated Press. December 9, 2001. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
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  4. ^ "Pauline Moore". The Scotsman. December 18, 2001. Retrieved 21 January 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Magers, Boyd (2004). Western Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies. McFarland & Company. pp. 177–83. ISBN 978-0786406722. 
  6. ^ Magers, p. 177.
  7. ^ McCrone, Dick (October 11, 1938). "Hometown Fan Fare". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. p. 10. Retrieved June 17, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2002). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 214. ISBN 9780786452064. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Pauline Moore, 87; Acted With Roy Rogers" December 15, 2001, The New York Times. Retrieved July 5, 2013.

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