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Subject: Czech skating star Vera Ralston was longtime mistress of founder of Republic Pictures, Herb Yates, who signed her to a lifetime contract in 1941 and spent millions trying to build her into a screen idol, oblivious to the fact she had no acting talent whatsoever.

They married in 1952 after the death of Yates' first wife.
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Date Posted: Monday, July 13, 01:10:16am
In reply to: Bio & PHOTO 's message, "ARCHIVE: July 12, 1920 ~Another actress VERA RALSTON, Czech-born ice-skater turned actress, she met and insulted Adolph Hitler in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, after she had won a silver medal for figure skating in 1936 Olympics. In Hollywood she appeared in 26 B-movies between 1941 and 1958, was born 100 years ago today. ..." on Sunday, July 12, 02:22:56pm

...The mogul stubbornly resisted the rise of television until 1956, when economic realities forced him to sell the studio's early films for broadcast and to venture into TV production; by then it was too late. Republic ceased operations in 1959 and Yates and Ralston retired to their Sherman Oaks estate. In all he released over 950 features and 65 serials. Denigrated for much of its history, Republic and its unpretentious product is today regarded with affection by generations of movie buffs.

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