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|Born||Josie Imogene Rogers
December 15, 1925
Morehouse, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||July 6, 2006
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Laura Elliott
|Spouse(s)||Bud Lewis (divorced)|
Kasey Rogers (born Josie Imogene Rogers; December 15, 1925 – July 6, 2006) was an American actress, memoirist and writer, best known for playing the second Louise Tate in the popular U.S. television sitcom Bewitched.
Life and career
Rogers was born Josie Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, Missouri, the daughter of Ina Mae (Mocabee) and Eben E. Rogers. She moved with her family to California at the age of two. As a child, her prowess at the game of baseball led her friends to nickname her Casey (after the famous poem "Casey at the Bat"). While under contract to Paramount, she used the stage name Laura Elliot. In 1955, she began working with a press agent in Hollywood, Walter Winslow Lewis III (aka "Bud"). It was Bud who suggested that she use the nickname with her maiden name and changed the "C" to a "K". They later married and had four children.
Rogers began work under the names Laura Elliott and Laura Elliot for Paramount Pictures. She appeared in movies such as Special Agent, Samson and Delilah, Silver City, Paid in Full, Two Lost Worlds, and, in perhaps her best-known film role, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, playing Miriam, the scheming, adulterous wife of Guy Haines (Farley Granger).
In the mid-1950s, Rogers began working on TV. She guest starred on various series, such as Stage 7, The Restless Gun, the Lone Ranger, Maverick, Perry Mason, as Francie Keene in the Wanted: Dead or Alive episode "Railroaded", and many other programs. In 1964, she landed a starring spot on Peyton Place as Julie Anderson, the mother of Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins). She left the role in 1966 to replace Irene Vernon in the role of "Louise Tate" on Bewitched. In 1972, she made her final appearance as Louise Tate in the episode "Serena's Youth Pill". She retired from acting, appearing in only a few guest television spots, and making appearances on the Bewitched edition of E! True Hollywood Story.
Twice-married and the mother of four (and a grandmother), Rogers had in recent years turned her talents to writing and development, including the proposed new TV series, Son of a Witch.
In the 1970s, she became involved with motorcycles after her son began riding and then racing at the age of 9. Rogers became involved in the world of motocross racing. She worked closely with the AMA and established PURR ("PowderPuffs Unlimited Riders and Racers"), an association that brought women into the male-dominated sport, in 1974. PURR would later evolve into what is now the Women's Pro-Class division.
Rogers wrote five books with Mark Wood. The first was The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen (1996), a cookbook based on the TV-series Bewitched with the foreword written by Rogers' co-star and friend Sandra Gould. The other books were Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Décor (2001), Character Wreaths: Holiday Projects for Year 'Round Decor (2002), Decorating for Christmas (2003), and Create a Bewitched Falloween: 55 Projects for Decorating and Entertaining (2003). The two filmed an unaired pilot for a proposed how-to craft series, Hands on Holidays. The pilot was released on DVD in 2006.
In 2013, Bewitched and Beyond: The Fan Who Came to Dinner by Mark Wood (with Eddie Lucas) was published by BearManor Media, a recounting of the friendship of Wood and Rogers. The title of Charles Tranberg's biography of Agnes Moorehead, I Love the Illusion, comes from Rogers' recounting of Moorehead's use of this phrase when asked about acting.
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- Kasey Rogers, Veteran Actress, dies at 80, articles.latimes.com, July 13, 2006; accessed May 7, 2015.
- Miller, Ernestine G. (May 29, 2002). Making her mark: firsts and milestones in women's sports. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-07-139053-8. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
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- "Hands on Holidays". IMDB.com. IMDB.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- Wood, Mark (2013). Bewitched and Beyond: The Fan Who Came to Dinner. Duncan, OK: BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-262-6.
- Tranberg, Charles (2005). I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead,. Albany, GA: BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593930295.