Gloria Castillo

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Gloria Castillo
Born (1933-03-03)March 3, 1933
Belen, New Mexico
Died October 24, 1978(1978-10-24) (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Stage, film, television actress
Spouse(s) Ellis Kadison
Children Joshua Kadison

Gloria Castillo (March 3, 1933 – October 24, 1978) was an American stage and motion picture actress of the 1950s and a businesswoman.

Early years[edit]

Castillo was born in Belen, New Mexico.[1] She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Castillo,[2] and she graduated from Belen High School.[1] Her first acting experience came in a production of The Man Who Came to Dinner in high school.[3] She graduated from the University of New Mexico in June 1954,[1] majoring in music, drama, and education.[4] She appeared in a production of the play Late Love in July 1954, at the Little Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico,[1] and later at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California.


Castillo was signed by MGM production manager Harry Joe Brown in 1954. She first appeared on television on the General Electric Theater (1954) and in an episode of I'm A Fool (1954). Later she was in episodes of Disneyland (1959), The Millionaire (1959) and Zorro (1959).


Castillo's first movie roles were in 1955 in The Night of the Hunter[1] and The Vanishing American. Most frequently Castillo can be seen in sci-fi and B-movie films made in the late 1950s. Some of the titles in which she appears are Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957), Reform School Girl (1957) and Teenage Monster (1958).

Clothing business[edit]

In the 1960s, Castillo and her husband began Chessa Davis, a women's clothing company. Skirts designed by her were featured in fashion magazines and sold in department stores.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Castillo married Hollywood writer, producer, and director Ellis Kadison.[1] Her brother is actor Leo Castillo. Her second child is singer-songwriter Joshua Kadison.


Castillo died on October 24, 1978, at the age of 45, from oropharyngeal cancer.[5] Kadison's song "Mama's Arms," which appears on his debut album, Painted Desert Serenade was inspired by his late mother.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bullis, Don (2011). New Mexico Historical Biographies. BookBaby. ISBN 9781936744909. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gloria Castillo To Star in TV Role Wednesday". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. July 16, 1957. p. 11. Retrieved March 29, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Belen's Gloria Castillo Catches On With Hollywood---And Vice Versa". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. October 8, 1954. p. 10. Retrieved March 29, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Albuquerque Actress Gets Top Film Role". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. August 12, 1954. p. 1. Retrieved March 29, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Gloria Castillo: Hometown Girl and Movie Star" Archived 2013-01-29 at
  • Albuquerque Tribune, "Gloria Castillo Lauded For Pasadena Play Role", July 23, 1954, page 1.
  • Albuquerque Tribune, "Castillos Arrive For Yule Holiday", December 24, 1958, page 11.

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