Ella Raines

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Ella Raines
Promotional photograph of Ella Raines.jpg
Promotional photograph
Born Ella Wallace Raines
(1920-08-06)August 6, 1920
Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, U.S.
Died May 30, 1988(1988-05-30) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Cause of death throat cancer
Resting place Glen Haven Memorial Park, Los Angeles County, California
Years active 1943–84
Spouse(s) Kenneth Trout (1942–1945)
Robin Olds (1947–1975) (divorced)
Children Christina Eloise Olds
Susan Olds Scott-Risner

Ella Wallace Raines (August 6, 1920 – May 30, 1988) was an American film and television actress.

Life and career[edit]

Born Ella Wallace Raubes near Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, Raines studied drama at the University of Washington and was appearing in a play there when she was seen by Howard Hawks. She became the first actor signed to the new production company he had formed with the actor Charles Boyer, "B-H Productions", and made her film debut in Corvette K-225 in 1943. Immediately following her role in that film, she was cast in the all female war film Cry 'Havoc', made the same year. In 1944, she appeared soon after D-Day as a most classy pin-up in the GI magazine, Yank. She starred in a series of big films including the film noir Phantom Lady, the comedy Hail the Conquering Hero, and the John Wayne western Tall in the Saddle. Soon, she began appearing in B-films including 1945's The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry with Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Sanders and the 1947 thriller The Web. With the exception of Brute Force, in which Raines appeared with Burt Lancaster, none of her later films were nearly as successful as her previous movies and her career began to decline.

Raines on the cover of Life magazine (February 28, 1944)
Raines and Alan Curtis in Phantom Lady (1944)
Raines and Charles Laughton in The Suspect (1944)
Raines and Brian Donlevy in Impact (1949)

Raines appeared on the cover of Life magazine twice, once in 1944 for her work in Phantom Lady and once in 1947 for Brute Force.

In 1954 and 1955 she starred in the television series Janet Dean, Registered Nurse. She also appeared in such television series as Robert Montgomery Presents, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents, Lights Out, Pulitzer Prize Playhouse and The Christophers.

She retired from acting in 1957, but made one further screen appearance with a guest role in the series Matt Houston in 1984.

Raines has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard, and for television at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life[edit]

Raines was married, secondly, in 1947 to fighter pilot icon and United States Air Force Brigadier General Robin Olds; the couple had two children.


She died from throat cancer in Sherman Oaks, California in 1988, aged 67.


Year Title Role
1943 Corvette K-225 Joyce Cartwright
1943 Cry 'Havoc' Connie
1944 Phantom Lady Carol Richman
1944 Hail the Conquering Hero Libby
1944 Tall in the Saddle Arleta 'Arly' Harolday
1944 Enter Arsène Lupin Stacie Kanares
1944 The Suspect Mary
1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry Deborah Brown
1946 The Runaround Penelope 'Annabelle' Hampton
1946 White Tie and Tails Louise Bradford
1947 Time Out of Mind Clarissa 'Rissa' Fortune
1947 The Web Noel Faraday
1947 Brute Force Cora Lister
1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet Poppy McNaughton
1949 The Walking Hills Chris Jackson
1949 Impact Marsha Peters
1949 A Dangerous Profession Lucy Brackett
1950 Singing Guns Nan Morgan
1950 The Second Face Phyllis Holmes
1951 Fighting Coast Guard Louise Ryan
1952 Ride the Man Down Celia Evarts
1957 The Man in the Road Rhona Ellison

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