August 24, 2003
The Dark Side Of Mrs. Olson
A couple of nights ago, we were watching the 1946 version of The Killers
. During a scene where a lovely blonde watches Burt Lancaster's amateur boxer at a fight. Christoper turned to me and said "Isn't that Mrs. Olson from the old Folgers commercials?" Sure enough, it was actress Virginia Christine
in an early role. She played a woman who follows the shady Lancaster around like a masochistic puppy dog, then gets dumped as soon as he meets sultry Ava Gardner at a party. Even though she played the prototypical film noir gal with aplomb, the woman seemed much more in her element in a later scene as a happy housewife. Still, it was strange seeing her young and in b&w, playing without a phony Swedish accent or a serving tray of hot coffee.
Ms. Christine played Mrs. Olson
in a series of Folgers ads that were a constant prescence on the airwaves between 1965 and 1986. Mrs. Olson was always the picture of calm benevolence, but it also seemed a bit creepy how she gently prodded her neighbors into divulging their affairs while serving rich "mountain grown" coffee. Like her Killers
character, there was a darker subtext to Christine's Mrs. Olson. Everything seemed too perfect and orderly in her world. She had to be hiding something.
Posted by mhinrichs at August 24, 2003 05:48 PM
Maybe she was actually serving them Instant Sanka...? *dun-dun-DUN!*
Let's not forget that Virginia Christine played a bigoted employee of Katharine Hepburn in the 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?"
Her character reacted with cool-eyed snobbery when she discovered that Hepburn's daughter was engaged to a black man (played by Sidney Poitier). Of course, our Kate spotted Virginia Christine for the hypocrite she was and politely told her to get lost.
wasn't she in one of the old mummy movies as well? i seem to recall seeing that on one of those afternoon movie shows. the host mentioned that the heroine was the folgers lady. so at that time you could see young woman in the movie, and old woman on the commercial break...
so that must of been what i was watching that afternoon...
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