Betty Field in 'Of Mice and Men' (1939)
Betty Field (1913 - 1973)
Ex-Mrs. Elmer Rice
(playwright/screenwriter)
Ex-Mrs. Edwin J. Lukas
(author/civil rights activist)
Mrs. Raymond Olivere
(artist)
Of Mice and Men (1939) [Mae]: Neck accidentally snapped by Lon Chaney Jr. when he tries to stop her screaming in the barn; her body is shown again afterwards when Burgess Meredith discovers her. (Thanks to Marc)

Kings Row (1942) [Cassandra Tower]: Poisoned (off-screen) by her father (Claude Rains) after she shows the first signs of mental illness; we learn of her death afterwards when Ronald Reagan informs Robert Cummings.

Peyton Place (1957) [Nellie Cross]: Commits suicide (off-screen) by hanging herself; we learn of her death afterwards when Diane Varsi discovers her.
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