Pauline Moore

Pauline Moore (born Pauline Joless Love; June 17, 1914 – December 7, 2001)[2] was an American actress known for her roles in Western and B movies during the 1930s and 1940s.

Pauline Moore
Pauline Moore, 1938
Pauline Joless Love

(1914-06-17)June 17, 1914
DiedDecember 7, 2001(2001-12-07) (aged 87)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1931–58
  • Jefferson Machamer (m. 19341960)
    (his death)
  • Dodd Watkins (m. 19621971)
    (his death)

Early years

Moore was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[3] After her father died during World War I, her mother remarried in 1925 and Moore took her stepfather's name.[3]:177 She attended Darlington Seminary in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and William Penn High School in Harrisburg.[4]


The Edna Preston stock theater company gave Moore her first professional acting opportunity.[5] She moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s, and also starred on Broadway and worked as a model. Broadway plays in which she appeared included Dance With Your Gods (1934), Murder at the Vanities (1933), The Prisoner (1927), The Fountain (1925), Man and the Masses (1924), and The Easiest Way (1921).[6]

From the late 1930s through the early 1940s, Moore made 24 films for 20th Century Fox, with whom she was contracted. Her film debut came in Frankenstein (1931).[7]

She later worked for Republic Pictures, starring in four Roy Rogers westerns, as well as the film King of the Texas Rangers in 1940, starring football great Sammy Baugh. Moore starred in three Charlie Chan films, starring alongside Cesar Romero, Allan Lane, and Kane Richmond. She also starred alongside Shirley Temple in the 1937 film Heidi, and alongside Henry Fonda in the 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln.[1]

From her first uncredited role in 1931 through to her last role in 1958, Moore's career spanned a total of 30 films. She made a few television appearances in the 1950s, including a bit part in Spoilers of the Forest in 1957 alongside Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston, but for the most part her acting career had ended, by her own choice.

Personal life

Moore was married to the cartoonist Jefferson Machamer from 1934 until his death in 1960.[8] They had three children. In 1962, she married Rev. Dodd Watkins, whose death in 1972 left her a widow for the second time.[8]


On December 7, 2001, Moore died of Lou Gehrig's disease at a nursing home in Sequim, Washington. She was 87.[1]



  1. Oliver, Myrna (December 10, 2001). "Pauline Moore, 87; Actress Made 25 B Movies in 1930s, Early '40s". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. "Pauline Moore". The Scotsman. December 18, 2001. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015 via HighBeam Research.
  3. Magers, Boyd (2004). Western Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies. McFarland & Company. pp. 177–83. ISBN 978-0786406722.
  4. McCrone, Dick (October 11, 1938). "Hometown Fan Fare". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. p. 10. Retrieved June 17, 2017 via
  5. "Actress Pauline Moore dies at 87". Associated Press. December 9, 2001. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. "Pauline Moore". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. Lentz, Harris M. III (2002). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 214. ISBN 9780786452064. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  8. "Pauline Moore, 87; Acted With Roy Rogers" December 15, 2001, The New York Times. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
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