Rosella Towne, the actress who appeared in numerous Warner Bros films opposite Ronald Reagan, has died aged 96 on August 29th 2014.
Her death was confirmed to me by her son, Anthony, via email:
“A message was forwarded to me from the Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut, where my mother Rosella Townsend (Kronman) resided until her death at the end of August of this year. She was 96, and had had a happy and healthy life. Thanks for your inquiry”
Rosella appeared opposite the future President of the United States in films such as Sergeant Murphy (1938), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), Secret Service of the Air (1939), Code of the Secret Service (1939).
Her most famous role is that of Jane Arden, in the 1939 Warner Bros film The Adventures of Jane Arden, where she investigates the smuggling of jewels.
The character of Jane Arden, a reporter seeking to expose criminal activity, was created by writer Monte Barrett and artist Frank Ellis for the Register and Tribune Syndicate. It became an international syndicated comic strip from 1927 to 1968.
In 1942 Rosella married Harry Kronman, a screenwriter who would pen episodes of The Rifleman (1959-1961), The Untouchables (1960-1963), The Fugitive (1963-1967), The Virginian (1963-1970) and Gunsmoke (1965-1973).
She retired from acting upon her marriage to Harry.
She is survived by two sons, Anthony and Michael, five grandchildren, Matthew, Cole, Emma, Hope and Alexander, and two great grandchildren, Sabine and Eleni.
– Rhett Bartlett