Virginia Christine, 76, a character actress who portrayed...


July 26, 1996

Virginia Christine, 76, a character actress who portrayed the motherly Mrs. Olson in Folger's coffee television commercials for 22 years, died Wednesday of heart complications in Los Angeles.

She was best known as Mrs. Olson, a smiling, likable Swedish woman, who was always ready to bring happiness to young married couples by brewing them a cup of "mountain-grown" Folger's.

After making her motion picture debut in the 1943 movie, "Edge of Darkness," she performed in more than 400 films and television productions. Her movie credits include "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "High Noon."

Tamara Danz, 43, one of the most popular rock singers of the former East Germany, died Tuesday of cancer in Berlin. She and her group Silly released their most successful album, "Bataillon d'Amour," in 1986. It was chosen in the former East Germany as album of the year.

Raphael Patai, 85, a cultural anthropologist and scholar in Jewish and Middle Eastern studies, died Saturday of cancer in Tucson, Ariz.

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