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DIANNE FOSTER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Dianne Foster was born on October 31st, 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada with the birth name Olga Helen Laruska.  She began her interest in acting as a child actor.  At the age of thirteen she appeared on stage in a production called, "What Every Woman Knows". 
 
The following year, Foster was working as a radio actress and became one of Canada's top radio performers.  During her early 20's, she took a trip to London and appeared in a stage production of, "The Hollow" and "Othello".
 
Foster, then signed a five year contract with a British film company appearing in such films as, "Bad for Each Other" (1953).  Foster, then relocated to Hollywood and signed a contract with Columbia Pictures and added such film credits to her resume as, "The Kentuckian" (1954) starring Burt Lancaster, Diane Lynn, John McIntire, Walter Matthau, and John Carradine, "Drive a Crooked Road" (1954) starring alongside Mickey Rooney, Kevin McCarthy and Jack Kelly, "The Bamboo Prison" (1954) co-starring Robert Francis, Brian Keith, Jack Kelly, Leo Gordon, Keye Luke, Richard Loo and E.G. Marshall, "The Violent Men" (1955) starring Glenn Ford, Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck and Brian Keith, "The Bandits" (1955) starring Glenn Ford, "Monkey on My Back" (1957) starring Cameron Mitchell and Jack Albertson, "The Deep Six" (1958) co-starring with Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, William Bendix, James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn, "Night Passage" (1957) starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Elaine Stewart, Jay C. Flippen, Brandon de Wilde, Hugh Beaumont, Jack Elam, Paul Fix and Robert J. Wilke and "Gideon of Scotland Yard" (1958) starring Jack Hawkins, Anna Lee and Anna Massey.
 
Although, her career was quite successful, her personal life had some difficulties.  With a number of failed marriages and legal issues, her career began to slow down.  Her last really well known film role was in, "The Last Hurrah" (1958) starring Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Pat O'Brien, Donald Crisp and John Carradine.
 
She began to turn her focus more towards television roles appearing on such series as, "Overland Trail", "Bonanza", "The Lloyd Bridges Show", "Breaking Point", "Gunsmoke", "Bus Stop", "The Eleventh Hour", "Ben Casey" and "The Big Valley".
 
Her final film role was in, "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" (1963) starring Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Conte, Carol Burnett, Jill St. John and Martin Balsam and then after appearing on the television series, "The Wild Wild West" (1966) starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, she chose to retire from the industry and focus on raising her three children.
 
Foster was married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Joel Murcott in 1954 and they had two children before the marriage came to an end in 1958.  She then married Dr. Harold Rowe D.D.S. in 1961 and they had one child and remained married until he passed away in 1994. 
 
Dianne Foster has four grandchildren and she resides in Hidden Hills, California.  In addition to her career as an actress she enjoys painting and is an accomplished artist. 


Filmography

1966   The Wild Wild West 

1966   Green Acres 

1966   The Big Valley 
 
1962-1965  Perry Mason 

1965   Honey West 

1965   Slattery's People 
 
1963-1965  Ben Casey 

1964-1965  My Three Sons 

1965   The Fugitive 
 
1965   The Rogues

1964   Petticoat Junction 

1964   Breaking Point 
 
1963   Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? 

1962-1963  Kraft Mystery Theater

1960-1963  77 Sunset Strip 

1963   Going My Way 

1963   The Gallant Men 
 
1962   The Lloyd Bridges Show 

1962   The Eleventh Hour

1961-1962  Bus Stop
 
1962   Gunsmoke 

1962   The Detectives 

1960-1962  Tales of Wells Fargo
 
1960-1961  Outlaws

1961   Checkmate

1961   King of Diamonds
 
1961   King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein 

1961   Route 66
 
1961   Laramie

1961   Have Gun - Will Travel

1960   The Roaring 20's
 
1960   Peter Gunn

1960   The Deputy

1960   Bonanza 
 
1960   Thriller

1960   Bourbon Street Beat

1960   Hawaiian Eye
 
1960   Wagon Train

1960   Shotgun Slade

1960   G.E. True Theater
 
1960   Overland Trail

1960   Riverboat 

1960   Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
 
1959   Markham  

1958   The Last Hurrah
 
1958   Gideon of Scotland Yard 

1958   The Deep Six 

1957   The Brothers Rico
 
1957   Night Passage

1957   Monkey on My Back

1956   The Ford Television Theatre 
 
1956   Celebrity Playhouse

1955   The Kentuckian 

1955   The Violent Men
 
1954   The Bamboo Prison 

1954   Lux Video Theatre

1954   Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop 
 
1954   Three Hours to Kill

1954   Drive a Crooked Road

1954   Three's Company
 
1953   Bad for Each Other 

1953   The Steel Key 

1953   Rheingold Theatre 
 
1952   Four Star Playhouse

1952   The Big Frame 

1951   The Quiet Woman 
 





Matinee Classics - Night Passage starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster, Elaine Stewart, Brandon de Wilde, Jay C. Flippen, Herbert Anderson, Robert J. Wilke, Hugh Beaumont, Jack Elam, Tommy Cook, Paul Fix, Olive Carey, James Flavin, Donald Curtis, Ellen Corby, John Daheim, Kenny Williams, Frank Chase, Harold Goodwin, Harold Hart, Jack C. Williams, Boyd Stockman, Henry Wills, Chuck Roberson, William W. Willingham, Polly Burson, Patsy Novak, Ted Mapes, Edwin C. Johnson and
Matinee Classics - Night Passage starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster, Elaine Stewart, Brandon de Wilde, Jay C. Flippen, Herbert Anderson, Robert J. Wilke, Hugh Beaumont, Jack Elam, Tommy Cook, Paul Fix, Olive Carey, James Flavin, Donald Curtis, Ellen Corby, John Daheim, Kenny Williams, Frank Chase, Harold Goodwin, Harold Hart, Jack C. Williams, Boyd Stockman, Henry Wills, Chuck Roberson, William W. Willingham, Polly Burson, Patsy Novak, Ted Mapes, Edwin C. Johnson and
Matinee Classics - The Brothers Rico starring Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates, James Darren, Argentina Brunetti, Lamont Johnson, Harry Bellaver and Paul Picerni


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