Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering Valerie French

Valerie Harrison was born March 11, 1932, in London, England. As Valerie French she entered into film acting in her early 20s, with her first film appearance being in the 1954 film “Maddalena”. Her best remembered roles during this period were in western films such as “Jubal” (1956) opposite Glenn Ford, and “Decision at Sundown” opposite Randolph Scott  in 1957. She also appeared in the science fiction film The 27th Day (1957). French later turned to the stage, appearing often both On and Off-Broadway during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, portraying a variety of English characters. She was married to actors Michael Pertwee [1916-1991] from 1952-1959 and Thayer David [1927–1978] from 1970-1975. Her one Euro-western was as Elena Clarke in “Shalako” (1968). French developed leukemia and died on November 3, 1990 in New York City. Today we remember Valerie French on what would have been her 80th birthday.

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