Nan Grey

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Nan Grey
Nan Grey 1942.jpg
Grey in 1942
Born Eschal Loleet Grey Miller
(1918-07-25)July 25, 1918
Houston, Texas United States
Died July 25, 1993(1993-07-25) (aged 75)
San Diego, California United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934-41
Spouse(s) Jack Westrope (m. 1939–50)
Frankie Laine (m. 1950–93)
Children 2 daughters

Nan Grey (July 25, 1918 – July 25, 1993) was an American film actress.

Early years[edit]

Grey was born Eschal Loleet Grey Miller[1] in Houston, Texas. In 1934 Grey went to Hollywood with her mother for a holiday. She was persuaded by a friend to take a screen test and ended up in pictures.

Grey attended the school that Universal Studios operated for children who had film contracts.[2]



Grey's screen debut was in 1934 in Warner Brothers' Firebird.[3] She starred opposite John Wayne in the 1936 film Sea Spoilers. Grey appeared in the Universal Monsters films Dracula's Daughter (1936) and The Invisible Man Returns (1940). She also appeared in the popular 1936 musical comedy Three Smart Girls as well as the 1939 sequel Three Smart Girls Grow Up.


Grey played Kathy Marshall in the NBC radio soap opera Those We Love[4] 1938-1945.[3]


In the 1960s, Grey invented and marketed a cosmetic mirror especially suited to nearsighted women. An obituary noted, "Among its users was Princess Grace of Monaco."[3]

Personal life[edit]

On May 4, 1939, Grey married U. S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Jack Westrope in Phoenix, Arizona.[5] She married the American singer Frankie Laine in June 1950, and Laine adopted Grey's daughters (Pam and Jan) from her marriage to Westrope. The Laines' forty-three year union lasted until her death from heart failure on July 25, 1993, her 75th birthday.[6]

Partial filmography[edit]

Grey in Dracula's Daughter (1936)


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 209. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Shaffer, George (June 26, 1936). "Studio School Passes Three Film Players". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. Chicago Tribune Press Service. p. 23. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nan Grey, Actress In Films of 1930's And Inventor, 75". New York Times. July 27, 1993. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Proctor, Kay (April 1940). "Enchanted Love" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 13 (6): 6–7, 58–59. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jockey Westrope Weds Film Actress Nan Grey". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. United Press. May 5, 1939. p. 17. Retrieved February 8, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Oliver, Myrna (July 17, 1993). "Nan Grey; Left Acting Career After Marriage". Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 

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