August 15, 1950 |
Gaylen Ross (born August 15, 1950) is an American actress, writer, producer and director.
For the past 25 years she has produced, directed and written documentary films seen throughout the world, premiering in such prestigious film festivals as Berlin Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, and broadcast on PBS, BBC, and Channel 4 in the UK.
Ross starred in George A. Romero's 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead and later in Creepshow – and in the 1982 horror film Madman under the pseudonym 'Alexis Dubin'. Along with David Emge, Ross was one of two primary cast members of the original Dawn of the Dead who decided not to have a cameo appearance in the 2004 remake – though the film featured a mall store named after her and a reporter in the remake was named after her character.
Ross co-edited from 1975–77 the poetry journal "Antaeus" (Summer 1970- final issue, Autumn 1994) published in New York City. In addition to modeling and acting, Ross is also a producer and director, with other numerous film companies as well as her documentary film company, "GR Films".
Ross's documentaries include: Listen To Her Heart: The Life and Music of Laurie Beechman, a biography of the actor and Broadway performer, Not Just Las Vegas, about the rise of nation-wide gambling in the USA, To Russia For Love (GR Films), about the Russian Mail-order bride business, and a forthcoming book, on a specific terrible incident, involving this same "Russian Bride Business". The book is entitled: Married To A Stranger, authored by Gaylen Ross and John Connolly, published by Berkeley Publishing Group. Proposed release date: November 30, 2006. Selling The Dream: Stock Hype and Fraud, Dealers Among Dealers, on Diamond Dealers of 47th Street in New York, and the Emmy award-winning film on Swiss Banks and the Holocaust, Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold.
In 2009, Ross released Killing Kasztner on the work and assassination of Rezso Kasztner. The film depicts Kasztner, a Hungarian Jew, who negotiated with the Nazis during World War II for the release of 1,700 Jews and was assassinated in Tel Aviv in 1957.
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