Ellen Drew

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Ellen Drew
Born Esther Loretta Ray
(1915-11-23)November 23, 1915
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died December 3, 2003(2003-12-03) (aged 88)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1936–61
Spouse(s) Fred Wallace (1935-1940) (divorced) 1 child
Sy Bartlett (1941-1949) (divorced) 1 child
William T. Walker (1951-1967) (divorced)
James Edward Herbert (1971-?)

Ellen Drew (November 23, 1915 – December 3, 2003) was an American film actress.[1]

Born Esther Loretta Ray in Kansas City, Missouri, Drew worked various jobs and won a number of beauty contests before becoming an actress. 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 films.

She became a fixture at Paramount Pictures 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."

She died in Palm Desert, California on December 3, 2003.

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  1. ^ "Drew, Ellen (1914–2003)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2013 from HighBeam Research

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