Ella Raines

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Ella Raines
Promotional photograph of Ella Raines.jpg
Promotional photograph
Ella Wallace Raubes

(1920-08-06)August 6, 1920
DiedMay 30, 1988(1988-05-30) (aged 67)
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Years active1943–57, 1984
Kenneth Trout
(m. 1942; div. 1945)

(m. 1947; div. 1976)

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

Life and career[edit]

Born Ella Wallace Raubes on August 6, 1920, near Snoqualmie, Washington, Ella Raines studied drama at the University of Washington and was appearing in a play there when she was seen by director Howard Hawks. She became the first actress 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 (1943) which Hawks produced.

Immediately following her role in Corvette K-225, Raines was cast in the all-female war film Cry "Havoc" (also 1943). She starred in the film noir Phantom Lady,[1] the Preston Sturges comedy Hail the Conquering Hero, and the John Wayne western Tall in the Saddle (all 1944).

She appeared in films such as The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945) with Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Sanders and the thriller The Web (1947). With the exception of Brute Force (1947), in which Raines appeared with Burt Lancaster, none of her later films were nearly as successful as her earlier movies and her career began to decline.

In 1949, she took the role originally intended for Jean Wallace in A Dangerous Profession, as Wallace had made a suicide attempt following her divorce from Franchot Tone.

Raines on the cover of Life magazine (February 28, 1944)

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. After a main role in a British-made thriller (The Man in the Road) in 1956, she retired from acting the following year, but made one further screen appearance with a guest role in the series Matt Houston in 1984. Raines appeared on the cover of Life magazine twice, once for Brute Force in 1947 and, in 1944, for her work in Phantom Lady. Also in 1944, she appeared as a pin-up girl in the June 2 and June 16 issue of the G.I. magazine Yank.

Raines has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard,[2] and for television at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On August 11, 1942,[3] a few days after her graduation from the University of Washington, Raines married her high school sweetheart, United States Army Air Forces Major Kenneth William Trout. The couple divorced December 18, 1945.[4]

On February 6, 1947,[5] Raines married fighter-pilot triple ace Robin Olds,[6] who was eventually promoted to United States Air Force brigadier general; the couple had three children, one of whom was stillborn. She also had two miscarriages which she blamed on the unsanitary conditions of serving abroad in Africa.[7] They separated in 1975 and divorced in 1976.

Raines was a conservative and anti-communist Republican who supported Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan in their presidential elections.[citation needed]


Pin-up photo of Raines for the Aug. 17, 1945 issue of Yank, the Army Weekly

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


Raines and Alan Curtis in Phantom Lady (1944)
Raines and Charles Laughton in The Suspect (1944)
Raines and Brian Donlevy in Impact (1949)
Year Title Role Notes
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
1956 The Man in the Road Rhona Ellison


  1. ^ Hanson, Helen (2007). Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir. 6 Salem Road, London: I.B. Tauris &Co. pp. 20–23.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "Ella Raines". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Actress Ella Raines May Seek Divorce". Herald and News. Oregon, Klamath Falls. October 17, 1945. p. 10. Retrieved June 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "Divorce Awarded to Actress Ella Raines". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. December 19, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved June 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "Actress Ella Raines, Major on Honeymoon". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. February 8, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved June 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Ella Raines Happy In Her Marriage". Statesville Daily Record. North Carolina, Statesville. July 19, 1947. p. 9. Retrieved June 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ Olds, Robin (2010). Fighter Pilot: the memoirs of legendary ace Robin Olds. St Martins Griffin. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-312-56951-8.

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