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Ellen Drew

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Ellen Drew November 23, 1915 – December 3, 2003 was an American film actress2


  • 1 Biography
    • 11 Early life
    • 12 Career
    • 13 Radio
    • 14 Personal life
    • 15 Death
  • 2 Honors
  • 3 Partial Filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Early lifeedit

Drew was the daughter of an Irish barber, born Esther Loretta Ray345 or Terry Ray in Kansas City, Missouri She worked various jobs and won a number of beauty contests before becoming an actress6 Moving to Hollywood in an attempt to become a star, she was discovered while working at an ice cream parlor where one of the customers, actor William Demarest, took notice of her and eventually helped her get into films7


Ray's venture into the movies brought about a conflict in names with another Terry Ray, a male actor A 1937 newspaper photo showed the resolution of the conflict as "They conferred, drew lots from the hat and masculine Terry Ray became Terry Rains, while feminine Terry Ray remained as before"8

After appearing in 25 features using her birth name,9 she became a fixture at Paramount Pictures as Ellen Drew from 1938 to 1943, where she appeared in as many as six films per year, including Sing You Sinners 1938 with Bing Crosby and The Lady's from Kentucky 1939 with George Raft She moved to RKO in 1944 Among her leading men were Ronald Colman, William Holden, Basil Rathbone, Dick Powell, and Robert Preston in The Night of January 16th and Night Plane from Chungking

Her films include Christmas in July 1940, Isle of the Dead 1945, Johnny O'Clock 1947, The Man from Colorado 1948, The Crooked Way 1949 and The Baron of Arizona with Vincent Price 1950 In the 1950s, with her movie career on the decline, she worked as a television actress Among her final roles was the part of Julia Webberly in the 1960 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Larcenous Lady"


On July 25, 1943, Drew co-starred with Preston Foster in "China Bridge," a presentation of Silver Theater on CBS radio10

Personal lifeedit

Drew married screenwriter Sy Bartlett, August 16, 1941, at Lake Tahoe, Nevada11


Drew died on December 3, 2003 in Palm Desert, California of a liver ailment at the age of 8812


For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Drew received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 Her star is located at 6901 Hollywood Blvd13

Partial Filmographyedit

  • Lady Be Careful 1936
  • Night of Mystery 1937
  • The Gracie Allen Murder Case 1939
  • Christmas in July 1940
  • The Night of January 16th 1941
  • The Monster and the Girl 1941
  • My Favorite Spy 1942
  • Ice-Capades Revue 1942
  • The Remarkable Andrew 1944
  • Isle of the Dead 1945
  • Man Alive 1945
  • Crime Doctor's Manhunt 1946
  • Johnny O'Clock 1947
  • The Swordsman 1948
  • The Man from Colorado 1948
  • The Crooked Way 1949
  • The Baron of Arizona 1950
  • Stars in My Crown 1950
  • Man in the Saddle 1951
  • Outlaw's Son 1957 - final film appearance


  1. ^ http://wwwglamourgirlsofthesilverscreencom/show/301/Ellen+Drew/indexhtml
  2. ^ "Drew, Ellen 1914–2003" Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages Gale 2007 Retrieved January 7, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  3. ^ Raw, Laurence 2012 Character Actors in Horror and Science Fiction Films, 1930-1960 McFarland pp 72–74 ISBN 9780786490493 Retrieved 5 August 2016 
  4. ^ Room, Adrian 2010 Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed McFarland p 154 ISBN 9780786457632 Retrieved 5 August 2016 
  5. ^ "Ellen Drew" The Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania, Indiana December 19, 1990 p 4 Retrieved August 5, 2016 – via Newspaperscom 
  6. ^ Katz, Ephraim 1979 The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume Perigee Books ISBN 0-399-50601-2 P 359
  7. ^ Sullivan, Ed June 1, 1938 "Hollywood" Harrisburg Telegraph p 19 Retrieved April 3, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  8. ^ "Ex-Raying a Name From a Hat" The Piqua Daily Call August 14, 1937 p 16 Retrieved April 3, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  9. ^ Monush, Barry 2003 Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965 Hal Leonard Corporation p 204 ISBN 9781557835512 Retrieved 5 August 2016 
  10. ^ "Ellen Drew, Preston Foster to Star on Silver Theater" Chicago Tribune July 25, 1943 p 4W Retrieved 31 March 2015 
  11. ^ "Ex Soda Fountain Girl, Writer Are Married At Lake" The Fresno Bee The Republican August 17, 1941 p 1 Retrieved April 3, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  12. ^ Ellen Drew - LA Times Hollywood Star Walk
  13. ^ Ellen Drew - Hollywood Walk of Fame

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Ellen Drew on Internet Movie Database
  • Photographs and literature

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