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Lois Hall, 80; actress' film and TV career spanned 57 years

January 05, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Lois Hall, 80, a veteran character actress and former leading lady to B-movie western stars Johnny Mack Brown, Charles Starrett and Whip Wilson, died of a heart attack and stroke Dec. 21 at UCLA Medical Center.

During her B-movie heyday, Hall appeared in westerns such as "Horsemen of the Sierras" with Starrett, "Colorado Ambush" with Brown and "Night Raiders" with Wilson.

She also starred in Republic Pictures' 1949 adventure tale "Daughter of the Jungle," played the Lady of the Lake in the 1949 Columbia serial "The Adventures of Sir Galahad," starring George Reeves; and appeared opposite Buster Crabbe in Columbia's 1950 serial "Pirates of the High Seas."

Her scores of television credits began in the 1950s with "The Range Rider" and "The Cisco Kid" and extend to more recent series such as "Six Feet Under" and "Cold Case." She also had a recurring role in "Sons & Daughters."

Born in Grand Rapids, Minn., on Aug. 22, 1926, she moved with her family to Long Beach in the 1930s.

She launched her film career in the late 1940s after attending the Pasadena Playhouse drama school.

Hall was active in the Baha'i faith and served in the spiritual assembly in Los Angeles.

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