Roberta Shore

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Roberta Shore
Roberta Shore as Betsy Garth in The Virginian
Roberta Shore as Betsy Garth
in The Virginian
Roberta Jymme Schourop

(1943-04-07) April 7, 1943 (age 78)
Years active1954–1974; 2015
Spouse(s)Kent Christensen (Dec. 19, 1964-?; divorced); 2 children
Terry C. Barber (?-1987; his death)
Ron Frederickson

Roberta Jymme Schourop (born April 7, 1943, Monterey Park, California), better known as Roberta Shore, is a retired American actress and performer.


Shore co-starred in several Walt Disney productions featuring the Mouseketeers, thus came to be associated with them. (She auditioned as a Mouseketeer, but was turned down because she was taller than most of the cast at the time. "I towered over them!" she recalled years later.) She appeared as Annette Funicello's rival Laura Rogan in Annette's self-titled series and as French-speaking Franceska in The Shaggy Dog (1959).[citation needed]

Aside from Disney, Shore had a featured role in the 1959 screen version of Blue Denim, duetting with Warren Berlinger, and an uncredited cameo appearance in A Summer Place as Sandra Dee's gossipy schoolmate Anne Talbert. Later, she played Ricky Summers in the 1960 movie Because They're Young, Jenny Bell in The Young Savages (1961), and in an uncredited role as Lorna in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 version of Lolita.[citation needed]

Shore's television credits include appearances on Playhouse 90, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Donna Reed Show, The Lawrence Welk Show (a singing appearance in 1959),[1] several Western series including Maverick, Wagon Train, The Tall Man, Laramie, and Lawman, and regular roles on Father Knows Best (as Joyce, Bud Anderson's girl friend) and The New Bob Cummings Show.[citation needed] In 1962, she starred alongside Candy Moore in a failed television pilot Time Out for Ginger.[citation needed]

Shore featured prominently as a series regular within the first four seasons of The Virginian as Betsy Garth, the daughter of Shiloh Ranch owner Judge Garth played by Lee J. Cobb.[citation needed]

Roberta Shore with Bob Cummings on The New Bob Cummings Show, 1961

After the mid-1960s, Shore did little in the way of movies or television. She became active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[citation needed] She re-emerged in 1984 as a radio disc jockey and program host in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shore and her husband, Ron Frederickson, auditioned for the parts of Ishmael and his wife Leah in a 2004 movie adaptation of the Book of Mormon. While her husband won the role of Ishmael, the producers felt Shore's earlier fame would detract from the movie's message and chose actress Sheryl Lee Wilson to play Leah.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Guest Champagne Ladies on the Lawrence Welk Show". Retrieved March 22, 2018.

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