Kasey Rogers

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Kasey Rogers
Kasey Rogers.jpg
Born Josie Imogene Rogers
(1925-12-15)December 15, 1925
Morehouse, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 6, 2006(2006-07-06) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Laura Elliott
Laura Elliot
Years active 1949-2000
Spouse(s) Bud Lewis (? - ?) (divorced)
Children Mona, Monika, Mike and Jay.

Kasey Rogers (December 15, 1925 – July 6, 2006) was an American actress, best known for playing the second Louise Tate on the popular U.S. television sitcom Bewitched.

Career[edit]

Rogers was born Josie Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, Missouri. She moved with her family to California at the age of two. As a child, her prowess at the game of baseball led her friends to nickname her Casey (after the famous poem "Casey at the Bat"). While under contract to Paramount she used the stage name Laura Elliot. In 1955 she began working with a press agent in Hollywood, Walter Winslow Lewis III (aka "Bud") It was Bud who suggested she use the nickname with her maiden name and changed the "C" to a "K." They would later marry and have 3 children together. [1]

Rogers began work under the names Laura Elliott and Laura Elliot for Paramount Pictures. She appeared in movies such as Special Agent, Samson and Delilah, Paid in Full, Two Lost Worlds, and, in perhaps her best-known film role, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, playing Miriam, the scheming, adulterous wife of Guy Haines (Farley Granger).

In the mid-1950s, Rogers began working on TV. She guest starred on various series such as Stage 7, The Restless Gun, the Lone Ranger, Maverick, Perry Mason, as Francie Keene in the Wanted: Dead or Alive episode "Railroaded", and many other programs. In 1964, she landed a starring spot on Peyton Place as Julie Anderson, the mother of Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins). She left the role in 1966 to replace Irene Vernon in the role of "Louise Tate" on Bewitched.

In 1972, she made her final appearance as Louise Tate in the episode "Serena's Youth Pill." Rogers then retired from acting, appearing in only a few guest television spots, and making appearances on the Bewitched edition of E! True Hollywood Story. Twice-married and the mother of four (and a grandmother), Rogers had in recent years turned her talents to writing and development, including the proposed new TV series, Son of a Witch.

Death[edit]

After battling throat cancer for many years, Rogers went into cardiac arrest. She then suffered a stroke, and died in Los Angeles, California on July 6, 2006, aged 80.

Other achievements[edit]

In the 1970s, she became involved with motorcycles after her son began riding and then racing at the age of 9. Rogers became involved in the world of motocross racing. She worked closely with the AMA and established PURR ("PowderPuffs Unlimited Riders and Racers"), an association that brought women into the male-dominated sport, in 1974. PURR would later evolve into what is now the Women's Pro-Class division.[2]

Rogers wrote five books with Mark Wood. The first was The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen (1996), a cookbook based on the TV-series Bewitched with the foreword written by Rogers' co-star and friend Sandra Gould. The other books were Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Décor (2001), Character Wreaths: Holiday Projects for Year 'Round Decor (2002), Decorating for Christmas (2003), and Create a Bewitched Falloween: 55 Projects for Decorating and Entertaining (2003).[3] The two filmed an unaired pilot for a proposed how-to craft series, Hands on Holidays. The pilot was released on DVD in 2006.[4] In 2013, Bewitched and Beyond: The Fan Who Came to Dinner by Mark Wood (with Eddie Lucas) was published by BearManor Media, a recounting of the friendship of Wood and Rogers.[5]

The title of Charles Tranberg's biography of Agnes Moorehead, I Love the Illusion, comes from Rogers' recounting of Moorehead using this phrase when asked about acting.[6] Adam Gerace, a friend of Rogers and Mark Wood, dedicated his 2009 PhD dissertation to her.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weaver, Tom (January 2002). Science fiction confidential: interviews with 23 monster stars and filmmakers. McFarland. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-7864-1175-7. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Miller, Ernestine G. (29 May 2002). Making her mark: firsts and milestones in women's sports. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-07-139053-8. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Books by Kasey Rogers". Amazon.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hands on Holidays". IMDB.com. IMDB.com. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Wood, Mark (2013). Bewitched and Beyond: The Fan Who Came to Dinner. Duncan, OK: BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-262-6. 
  6. ^ Tranberg, Charles (2005). I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead,. Albany, GA: BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593930295. 
  7. ^ Gerace, Adam (2009). The influence of past experience on the process of perspective taking. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: University of South Australia. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 

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