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Inga Swenson, Kraus on Benson, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

Old 08-08-23, 07:55 PM
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Inga Swenson, Kraus on Benson, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

This obit from MeTV, notes that Lowell Harris, her husband of 70 years, was by her side during her final months.

She played Hoss' mother in two flashback episodes of Bonanza and Rose's (Betty White's) younger sister on The Golden Girls. She was Helen Keller's (Patty Duke's) mother in the 1962 film version of The Miracle Worker. She's probably best remembered as Kraus, the perfect foil for Robert Guillaume's Benson. She played a different character (named Ingrid Svenson) on Soap, from which Benson spun off.

Here's another MeTV article about Svenson's career and her appearances on Bonanza. This Soap wiki has information about her Igrid character.

Last edited by digidoh; 08-18-23 at 11:55 AM. Reason: Titled thread with wrong series for Kraus character, misspelled Guillaume's name, Hoss' possessive.
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Re: Inga Swenson, Kraus on Soap, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

Wow. That's a name I haven't thought of since watching Benson during its original run. I am astounded she was still alive! RIP to a great actor.
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Re: Inga Swenson, Kraus on Soap, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

Iím sad to see all the Benson actors dying off. I have fond memories of it as a kid.
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Re: Inga Swenson, Kraus on Soap, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

Missy Gold is the last surviving main actor from the show who ended the series.
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Re: Inga Swenson, Kraus on Soap, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7td3ue

Here's a good scene from a Benson episode. Benson and Kraus have accidentally gotten married and are seeking an annulment. The confused judge comes in at the 17 minute mark.
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Re: Inga Swenson, Kraus on Soap, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

I always enjoyed Benson. He and Kraus played off each other very well.
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Re: Inga Swenson, Kraus on Soap, Hoss Cartwright's mother has died (07/23/2023) at 90

Awe wow. I grew up watching her and Benson chop it up. RIP Never knew she played Hoss's Mom, but did remember her in "The Miracle Worker".

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