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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 March 1920Stanton, Iowa, USA
Date of Death 24 July 1996Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart ailment)
Birth NameVirginia Christine Kraft
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Virginia has a long career as a character actress on the screen, but she will always be best remembered as the "Folger Coffee Woman". Virginia was born in the small Iowa town of Stanton, which later converted its water tower to resemble a coffee pot in honor of its most famous citizen. When her family moved to Los Angeles, Virginia worked in radio while attending the University of California, Los Angeles. She was trained for a theatrical career by actor/director Fritz Feld, whom she married in 1940. In 1942, she signed a contract with Warner Bros. and started appearing in various films. Her first film was, Edge of Darkness (1943), in which she played a Norwegian peasant girl called "Miss Olson". Over the years, she appeared in prestigious films such as High Noon (1952) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - to horror in The Mummy's Curse (1944) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). She was a favorite of Stanley Kramer, appearing in a number of his films. But her greatest fame came in the 1960's when she started her 21-year stint as the matronly "Mrs. Olson", who always had comforting words for young married couples while pouring Folgers Coffee in the TV ads.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Virginia was a concert pianist and a trained lyric soprano. She studied dancing with Maria Bekefi and acting with the renowned professional studio coach, Helena Sorell and Michael Mark. Virginia spoke four languages, English, French, Swedish and German.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ralph at lliteras@comcast.net

Spouse (1)

Fritz Feld (10 November 1940 - 18 November 1993) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

Fans of Mrs. Olson were surpised to find that even though she was raised in the Scandanavian communities of Iowa, she had no accent.
Best known to Americans as "Mrs Olson" in Folger's Coffee TV commercials in the '60s and '70s.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Lionel Atwill, with whom she worked in Raiders of Ghost City (1944)] Lionel Atwill was a great ham, a poseur, and I mean that as a compliment. We got along very well - he was a delight.

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