Lois Hall, whose career spanned six decades beginning as a leading lady Westerns for Republic Pictures, died Dec. 21 in Los Angeles. She was 80.
Earlier this month, Hall had fallen ill on the set of David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” shooting in New Orleans and returned to L.A.
Born in Grand Rapids, Minn, she moved with her family to Long Beach, Calf., following World War II. She attended the Pasadena Playhouse’s drama school and then began getting film roles, starting with a walk-on in the Cary Grant comedy, “Every Girl Should be Married” (1948). This was followed by roles in “Love Happy” (1949), “My Blue Heaven” (1950, with Jane Wyatt), “Carrie” (1952) and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954, with Julie Newmar and Ian Wolfe).
She was most well-known as leading lady in Westerns where she appeared with Western stars including Charles Starrett, Johnny Mack Brown and Whip Wilson. She was also featured in movie serials including “The Adventures of Sir Galahad” and “Pirates of the High Seas.”
On television, she appeared in shows including “The Lone Ranger” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
In 1991 she appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s 1991 “Dead Again.” More recently, she appeared on TV series such as “CSI,” “Cold Case,” “Six Feet Under,” “Nip/Tuck,” “The Unit” and “Profiler.” She was also seen films such as “Gone in Sixty Seconds” (2000), “Bad Boy” (2002) and “Flightplan” (2005). Last season, she had a recurring role on ABC’s “Sons and Daughters.”
She is survived by three daughters and three grandchildren.