Marie Harmon, mom of Runaways rocker Cherie Currie, dead at 97

Actress Marie Harmon, who co-starred World War II-era Western films with cowboy icons Roy Rogers and Sunset “Kit” Carson, died Monday of pure causes in Los Angeles. She was 97.

Her passing was confirmed on Instagram by her daughter Sondra Currie, a fellow actress who appeared in all three entries of Bradley Cooper’s hit “The Hangover” franchise, in addition to string of TV collection, together with “Cheers,” “Magnum P.I.” and “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.”

“Our beautiful mom Marie Harmon Currie/Kaupish took flight at the moment at 4:40 97,” Sondra wrote in her social media tribute. “She actually was stupendous. Safe flight, Mom.”

“She led an incredible life, full of grit & dedication & tons of love & compassion!” Sondra wrote in another message. “I’m so proud of her Spirit! Shine on, Mom…I’m fortunate u hatched me.”

Harmon was maybe best-known because the mom of “Cherry Bomb” rocker Cherie Currie, the platinum blonde front-woman of the enduring glam-rock band The Runaways within the mid-Nineteen Seventies. Cherie additionally went on to earn acclaim as an actress for her naturalistic efficiency as a troubled teen in 1980’s “Foxes,” an Adrian Lyne movie starring Oscar winner Jodie Foster.

Harmon was portrayed by Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal within the 2010 biopic “The Runaways,” which starred Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as bandmate Joan Jett.

Cherie Currie, of the Runaways, performs onstage at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, March 25, 1977.
Cherie Currie, of the Runaways, performs onstage at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, March 25, 1977.
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A local of Oak Park, Illinois, Harmon relocated to Hollywood at solely 18 years old with desires of being a film star, she as soon as told the cult movie site Western Clippings. She labored as a cigarette lady, a car-hop at a drive-in restaurant and at last as a hostess at Lou Costello’s nightclub, the place “George Raft flirted with me one night, to the distaste of Betty Grable.”

Soon, Harmon was snagging small background roles in Nineteen Forties B-movies resembling 1943’s “Hi’Ya,Sailor” and 1944’s “Hatcheck Honey.” She graduated to extra A-list fare after changing into a contract participant with Republic Pictures, co-starring reverse main males resembling Robert Walker in 1945’s”The Sailor (*97*) a Wife”and field workplace heavyweight Mickey Rooney in 1947’s”Killer McCoy.”

However, after a string of failed auditions, Harmon began to really feel like “…a has been. After all, I used to be 24 and all of the younger ladies coming in had been of their teenagers, simply as I used to be once I first began. I believed it was time for me to maneuver on to different issues.”

She formally retired from the flicks in 1958 after an uncredited bit half within the minor cult flick “I Married a Woman.”

Her third husband, Dr. Wolfgang Kaupisch, to whom she was married for 35 years, preceded her in loss of life in 2010, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Harmon is survived her son Don, daughters Sondra and Cherie, son Don; Sondra’s husband Alan J. Levi, a veteran director of TV collection from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “NCIS;” and 4 grandchildren: Tina, Trevor, Jake and Grace.

Sunset Carson, Marie Harmon, 1946
Marie Harmon and Sunset “Kit” Carson on the poster for the 1946 Western “The El Paso Kid.”
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