was a movie and television actress. Cristine (height 5' 4") had a long career as a character actress on the screen, but she will probably be best remembered as the Mrs. Olson
or the Folger Coffee Woman
, a fictive Swedish character, in a number of television commercials. She was born in Stanton, Iowa, 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 began work 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 (1942), 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 director Stanley Kramer, appearing in a number of his films.
But her greatest fame came in 1965 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 commercials. In 1971, Virginia's hometown honored her Folger's commercial work by transforming the city water tower into a giant coffeepot. She died July 24, 1996.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
Virginia Christine Facts
|Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy?|
|The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection|
|The Mummy's Curse|
|Invasion of the Body Snatchers|
|Billy the Kid Vs Dracula|