Lisa Gaye

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Not to be confused with Lisa Gaye (actress born 1960).
Lisa Gaye
Richard Boone Lisa Gaye Have Gun Will Travel 1958.JPG
Lisa Gaye with Richard Boone as a guest star on CBS's Have Gun, Will Travel in 1958
Born Leslie Gaye Griffin
(1935-03-06) March 6, 1935 (age 80)
Denver, Colorado, USA
Residence Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Bently C. Ware (married 1955-1977, his death)
Children One child
Relatives Debra Paget
Teala Loring

Lisa Gaye (born 6 March 1935) is an American retired actress, singer, and dancer.

Early years[edit]

Gaye was born Leslie Gaye Griffin[1] in Denver, Colorado. Her family moved from Denver to Los Angeles, California, in the 1930s to be close to the developing film industry. Her mother, actress Margaret Griffin, was determined that Gaye and her siblings make their careers in show business. Gaye's sisters Judith (Teala Loring) and Debralee (Debra Paget), and her brother Frank (Ruell Shayne) all entered the business as either cast or crew.[2]


Gaye made her first professional appearance at the age of 7. At 17, she signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios and was enrolled in the studio's professional school for actors and actresses.[3]

Gaye began her acting career in 1954. Her first starring role was in Drums Across the River (1954).[4]

She was a popular leading lady during the 1950s and 1960s, having made 83 film and television appearances before retiring in 1970 to raise a family. She was a talented dancer, as demonstrated in the rock-and-roll tribute movie, "Rock Around the Clock." (1956).


Among Gaye's television appearances were three episodes of The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show in 1956, 13 episodes of The Bob Cummings Show as Colette Dubois, five episodes each of the ABC/Warner Brothers detective series, Hawaiian Eye and 77 Sunset Strip, two episodes of another ABC-WB series, Bourbon Street Beat, seven episodes of CBS's Perry Mason, and eleven episodes of the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days. She appears in one episode of Zorro in the 1957 season (Episode 13, Constance). She made a single appearance in the 1959 episode "The Peace Offering" of the syndicated western series, Pony Express, starring Grant Sullivan. Among her seven appearances on Perry Mason, Gaye played Rita Magovern who Mason exposed as the murderer of her husband Karl in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Traveling Treasure." She also appeared in several episodes of the Bat Masterson TV series. In two 1959 episodes; in "Sharpshooter", she played Laurie LaRue, the stage assistant and wife of stage sharpshooter, Danny Dowling. She also appeared in the 1959 episode"Buffalo Kill" as Susan. In the 1961 episode of Bat Masterson, "The Fatal Garment", she portrayed Elena, a Mexican Cantina owner.

In 1959, she was cast as June Webster in the episode "Law West of the Pecos" of the ABC/WB western series, Colt .45, with Wayde Preston. Frank Ferguson played Judge Roy Bean, justice of the peace in Langtry, Texas. Douglas Kennedy was cast as Jay Brisco.[5][6]

In 1965, she was cast opposite Jesse Pearson in the episode "The Rider" of the syndicated western series, Death Valley Days. In the story line, Gaye as the widowed Faith Turner puts up a sign seeking a husband for herself and a father for her son. Pearson, as mail rider Jim Barnes, tries to help her find a suitable mate.[7]


Gaye was married in 1955 to Bently C. Ware; the marriage ended with his death in 1977; they had one child.

Selected filmography[edit]

Other television credits[edit]

    Death Valley Days Indian Woman


  1. ^ 12.2011
  2. ^ "When You Wish Upon a Star, or It's a Star-Spangled Life: Family Cast" at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)
  3. ^ "Lisa Gaye Proves Star In Theory". The Indiana Gazette. May 25, 1954. p. 3. Retrieved September 26, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Adventure Hit On Grand Bill Colorful Saga". The Terre Haute Tribune. July 25, 1954. p. 31. Retrieved September 26, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ ""Law West of the Pecos" on Colt .45, June 7, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Colt .45". Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Rider on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. October 7, 1965. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jim Bowie Ent. 1956 - Episode 'Trapline'

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