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Christine McIntyre
Birth: Apr. 16, 1911
Death: Jul. 8, 1984

Actress. She was the second-born child of John Edward McIntyre, Sr., a mining engineer and musician, and Edna Annette Barnaby McIntyre, also a musician. In 1928, she enrolled in Chicago Musical College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in voice in 1933. She got into this school with a scholarship, which she won by auditioning before Herbert Witherspoon, who was a prominent member of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. During her years at Chicago Musical College, she also took classes at Central YMCA College and Loyola University. It was during her undergraduate career that she perfected her operatic soprano; though she did not go on to gain her biggest fame for a musical career, she did get the chance to sing a number of times during her acting career. Shortly after graduating, she began to work as a radio singer in Chicago, as well as appearing in musical theatre, but had moved to Los Angeles by 1936, where she began a stage acting career. In 1937 she made her screen debut in the film 'Swing Fever' and signed a short-term contract to do feature films with RKO Studios. She found success in the movies, and starred in a number of B Westerns with stars such as Crash Corrigan, Buck Jones, and Johnny Mack Brown. Shortly after becoming a minor star, she took three years off of her age so people in Hollywood wouldn't think she were too old, even though she was only twenty-five at the time. However, she went back to her original love of singing, and as soon as her contract was up she began to take lessons with the voice coach Luigi Rosselli, and there is evidence to suggest she might have toured with Fortune Gallo's San Opera Company in the late Thirties and early Forties. Then in 1943 she went back to acting, this time for Columbia Studios, after being discovered by Hugh McCollum, who was a producer of short subjects. She made a minor appearance in the two-reeler Western "Garden of Eatin,'" on the basis of a temporary freelancing contract. Then in 1944 she signed a ten-year contract with Columbia to appear in short subjects. By then she had begun dying her dark hair blonde. In addition to appearing in short subjects in her own right, she was also used as a voice double for actresses who weren't as musically capable as she was. Though she originally started out as just a supporting player to other comedians (most famously the Three Stooges, whose first short subject with her was 'Idle Roomers'), over time she developed into a capable and talented comedic performer in her own right. She also occasionally appeared in feature films, though she never acted on television. In 1953 she married J. Donald Wilson, a writer and an actor, and a year later, when her contract expired, she retired from the screen. Over the next thirty years they pursued a joint career in real estate. They had no children. Christine passed away on July 8, 1984, only about five and a half months after her husband had died in her arms. (bio by: Carrie-Anne) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Edward McIntyre (1878 - 1960)
  Edna Annette Barnaby McIntyre (1884 - 1948)
 
 Siblings:
  Marian McIntyre Walecki (1908 - 1990)*
  Christine McIntyre (1911 - 1984)
  Jean Mary McIntyre Martin (1913 - 1967)*
  John Edward McIntyre (1918 - 1983)*
  Annes Constance McIntyre (1923 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section Z, Tier 6, Grave 15
GPS (lat/lon): 33.99269, -118.3893
 
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Record added: Jul 27, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 11273
Christine McIntyre
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Christine McIntyre
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Christine McIntyre
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