Gwen Welles

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Gwen Welles
Gwen Goldberg

(1951-03-04)March 4, 1951
DiedOctober 13, 1993(1993-10-13) (aged 42)
Years active1969–1993
Harris Yulin
(m. 1975)
Parent(s)Rebecca Weis Welles
Barton Goldberg

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 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.[1] Welles was married to actor Harris Yulin[1] in 1975.[citation needed]

Gwen Welles may be best remembered for her portrayal of untalented 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 from anal cancer in 1993 at 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 A 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 An All Consuming Passion Joylee Video
1985 Desert Hearts Gwen
1986 The Men's Club Redhead
1986 Nobody's Fool Shirley
1988 Sticky Fingers Marcie
1989 New Year's Day Annie
1990 Eating Sophie
1991 The Disco Years Melissa Short


  1. ^ a b c d e "Gwen Welles, 42, Dies; Actress in 'Nashville'". The New York Times. October 16, 1993.

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