Gwen Welles

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Gwen Welles
Born Gwen Goldberg
(1951-03-04)March 4, 1951
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died October 13, 1993(1993-10-13) (aged 42)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Cause of death Anal cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969-1993
Spouse(s) Harris Yulin
(m. 1975)

Gwen Welles (March 4, 1951 – October 13, 1993)[1] was an American actress.


Gwen Welles was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee,[1] as Gwen Goldberg.[citation needed] She was the daughter of actress Rebecca Weis Welles (born 1928) and Barton Goldberg; her sisters were Elizabeth (Betsy) Goldberg Welles and Lori Yarom.[1] Gwen graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, California[citation needed] and attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.[1] Welles was married to actor Harris Yulin[1] in 1975.[citation needed]

Gwen Welles may be best remembered for her portrayal of talentless singer "Sueleen Gay", in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award, for Best Supporting Actress. Welles also appeared in several films directed by Henry Jaglom, including New Year's Day (1989) and Eating (1990).

She died in 1993 from anal cancer, aged 42. Her younger sister, Elizabeth (Betsy Goldberg Welles), died from colon cancer 10 years later. Donna Deitch directed a documentary about Welles' illness in 1992, which appeared at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1969 Ironside Pam "Up, Down and Even"
1971 Safe Place, AA Safe Place Bari
1972 Hellé Hellé
1973 Hit! Sherry Nielson
1974 California Split Susan Peters
1975 Nashville Sueleen Gay
1977 Between the Lines Laura
1977 Baretta Vicki "Somebody Killed Cock Robin"
1983 Fantasy Island Mitzi 1 episode
1984 All Consuming Passion, AnAn All Consuming Passion Joylee Video
1985 Desert Hearts Gwen
1986 Men's Club, TheThe Men's Club Redhead
1986 Nobody's Fool Shirley
1988 Sticky Fingers Marcie
1989 New Year's Day Annie
1990 Eating Sophie
1991 Disco Years, TheThe Disco Years Melissa Short


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