DIANNE FOSTER was born in 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta. Her birth name was Olga Helen Laruska.

After two years of radio work in Canada, Dianne moved to London and  acted with Orson Welles on radio in “The Lives of Harry Lime”.

Subsequently , on the London  stage, she was in Welles’ “Othello” and Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.”

While in the U.K. Dianne made two films, The Quiet Woman (1951) and The Lost Hours (1952 with Mark Stevens ).

Moving to Hollywood, her first role was playing a British character in TV’s “Four  Star Playhouse”. Her film debut was in BAD FOR EACH OTHER.

Within a four year period, Dianne had costarred with Charlton Heston,Dana Andrews, Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd and James Stewart.

Not a bad record. I  always liked  Dianne . She had a rich, warm speaking voice and held her own  opposite the big stars.

She did some  TV in the 60s, with an appearance in “The Wild Wild West” her last role in 1966. She retired to look after her three children.

With Burt Lancaster in THE KENTUCKIAN


As a blonde , with Glenn Ford. THE VIOLENT MEN


With Dana Andrews and Donna Reed. THREE HOURS TO KILL


With Dan Duryea.



With James Stewart. NIGHT PASSAGE



Funny to  see Dianne getting her name before Alan Ladd’s!


THE LAST HURRAH, Dianne Foster, Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, 1958



Dianne’s second marriage to Joel Murgott.

She later married dentist Dr. Harold Rowe in 1961 and they were together till his death in 1994.


The latest “O CANADA !” Blogathon entries  can be viewed from February 9th till 11th at Kristina of Speakeasy (http://hqofk.wordpress.com) or Ruth of Silver Screenings (http://silverscreenings.org)


15 responses »

  1. Never stopped to realize just how many leading men she appeared opposite and not sure I even knew she was Canadian ‘eh! Liked her in The Kentuckian opposite Burt. Good film.

  2. I’m so embarrassed to say I’ve never seen ANY of her films! I had heard of her, but had no idea she was from Edmonton. Now I’m going to have to track down some of her films.

    I liked what you said about her having a rich speaking voice and the ability to hold her own against bigger celebs.

    Thank you for joining the blogathon, and thank you for the introduction to Dianne Foster. 🙂

    • Glad to hear you’ll be tracking down some of Dianne’s films.
      I’m looking forward to reading the Blogatjon entries.
      And thank you for organising the Blogathon.

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  4. Thank you so much for the education. I had no idea Dianne Foster was a Canadian gal. I’m always pleased to see her on screen, a Perry Mason episode or anything. The Brothers Rico and Night Passage are two of my favourite films.

  5. I didn’t know Dianne Foster was Canadian either! This is special for me as a couple years ago I was reading about her and it started clicking together that the wondeful oral surgeon who took out all 4 of my kids’ wisdom teeth is her son!! My husband talked to him a few months ago and he said she’s doing well and still gets fan mail! (Best-run medical office we’ve ever been to, Dianne raised a terrific, very skilled son.)

    Thanks so much for spotlighting her, Vienna!

    Best wishes,

  6. and I’m yet another one who had no idea she was Canadian 🙂 Not the first time this blogathon has educated me, that’s one reason I love it. Enjoyed her in lots of movies! Thanks for taking part!

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