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Lois Hall

1926 - 2006

Lois Hall and Harry Lauter at the 1989 Knoxville Film Festival
(Courtesy of Bill Sasser)

Above are guest stars Lois Hall and Harry Lauter at the 1989 Knoxville Film Festival.

Lois Hall was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on August 22, 1926, and her family moved to Long Beach, California in the 1930s. In the 1940s, she attended the Pasadena Playhouse drama school.

Lois' film career began in late 1940s B-westerns with Charles Starrett at Columbia, and at Monogram with Jimmy Wakely, Whip Wilson and Johnny Mack Brown. Her non-western films included DAUGHTER OF THE JUNGLE (Republic, 1949), as well as heroine duty in THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GALAHAD (Columbia serial, 1949) with George "Superman" Reeves and PIRATES OF THE HIGH SEAS (Columbia serial, 1950) which starred Buster Crabbe. With the decline of the B film in the 1950s, Lois migrated to TV work and appeared in scores of dramas, mysteries ... and westerns such as THE RANGE RIDER, CISCO KID, THE LONE RANGER, ANNIE OAKLEY, more.

In 1953, Lois married Maurice Willows. She left the movie business and they moved to Hawaii following the birth of their first daughter. A second daughter was born in Hawaii and their third arrived after the family returned to the Los Angeles area. The Willows were active members of the Baha'i Faith. Maurice passed away in December, 1995 after a long bout with cancer.

In the 1970s, Lois returned to acting. Her recent work - circa 2000-2006 - included appearances on TV shows CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, SIX FEET UNDER, NIP/TUCK, COLD CASE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, more. She essayed the role of "Aunt Rae" on SONS AND DAUGHTERS, a 2006 series which had a brief run of about a dozen episodes on ABC.

In recognition of her western movie and television work, Lois was presented with a Golden Boot at the 2004 awards ceremony.

Lois suffered a heart attack and stroke and passed away on December 21, 2006 at the UCLA Medical Center. The obituary in the online Variety noted that she had returned to Los Angeles after becoming ill while working on David Fincher's film, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, which was shooting in New Orleans.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Lois Hall:

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has information on Lois Hall:

There's a photo of Lois signing autographs at one of the Star Trek conventions:

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