Josephine Ruth Clarke|
May 15, 1991 (aged 70)|
|Other names||Reno Blair|
|Occupation||Film actress, equestrian, pilot|
Reno Browne, sometimes billed as Reno Blair (April 20, 1921 – May 15, 1991) was an accomplished equestrian and B-movie actress during the late 1940s and into the 1950s, with most of her films being in 1949.
Born Josephine Ruth Clarke in Reno, Nevada to wealthy parents, her father being a successful attorney, Browne first became a licensed pilot, and proficient at riding horses. After taking drama lessons, she embarked on a film career, signing a contract with Monogram Pictures. She starred with Whip Wilson in the 1949 western Haunted Trails, and that same year started a thirteen-episode radio show titled Reno Rides Again. Also in 1949 she starred in West of El Dorado with Max Terhune and Johnny Mack Brown. In total, she starred in fourteen westerns of the period, at times with Roy Rogers and Jimmy Wakely.
She and Dale Evans were the only western actresses to have their own comic books based on their characters, Browne having four issues published in 1950 by Marvel Comics. In 1951, Bill Haley and His Saddlemen recorded a single called "My Palomino and I"/"My Sweet Little Girl from Nevada" for Cowboy Records (CR 1701) which was released as by "Reno Browne and Her Buckaroos", even though Browne had no connection with the recording (though her photo did appear on the sheet music for the latter song).
For a period, she was married to western actor Lash LaRue. She retired to Reno, and during the 1980s she attended several western film festivals. She was diagnosed with cancer, and died in Reno on May 15, 1991.
- Reno Browne at the Internet Movie Database
- Reno Browne at AllMovie
- Reno Browne/Blair at b-westerns.com
- Reno Browne, Hollywood's Greatest Cowgirl at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)
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