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 79)
Years active1954–1974, 2015
Spouse(s)Kent Christensen
(m. 1964; div. 19??)
Terry C. Barber
(m. 19??; died 1987)
Ron Frederickson
(m. ??)

Roberta Jymme Schourop (born April 7, 1943), better known as Roberta Shore, is a retired American actress and performer. She is notable for her roles in the original Shaggy Dog film and as Betsy Garth on the Western television series The Virginian. A devout Mormon, Shore broke her contract to focus on her marriage and family, retiring at the age of 22. She lives in Utah.[1]


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.) 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).[2]

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.[2]

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),[3] several Western series including Maverick, Wagon Train, The Tall Man, Laramie, and Lawman, and regular roles on Father Knows Best and The New Bob Cummings Show.[2] Most notably, Shore was featured in the first four seasons of The Virginian as Betsy Garth, the daughter of Shiloh Ranch owner Judge Garth, played by Lee J. Cobb.[1]

At the age of 22, Shore broke her contract to focus on her marriage and family. Born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Shore cites her faith as the primary reason for her decision. After her marriage, Shore and her husband moved to Utah, where she has lived ever since. In 1974, the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio invited Shore to star in a short film called Cipher in the Snow. To date, it is her final film credit.[2]


  1. ^ a b allisoncacich (August 20, 2020). "Betsy's Exit in Season 4 of 'The Virginian' Was Art Imitating Life". Distractify. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chris Hicks: Say goodbye to Hollywood: Roberta Shore gave up fame for family". Deseret News. May 28, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  3. ^ "Guest Champagne Ladies on the Lawrence Welk Show". Retrieved March 22, 2018.

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