Ola Ray

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Ola Ray
Born (1960-08-26) August 26, 1960 (age 58)
OccupationActress, Model
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)

Ola Ray (born August 26, 1960)[1] is an American model and actress most notable for her role as the girlfriend of Michael Jackson in the short film Thriller.[2]


Ray modeled for Playboy and was the Playmate of the Month for the June 1980 issue.[1]

Ray complained in the past about difficulties collecting royalties from her participation in Thriller. At first, Ray blamed Michael Jackson.[3] She ultimately sued Jackson in May 2009 in a dispute to obtain uncollected royalties.[4][5][6] Jackson died less than two months later on June 25 at age 50, after suffering cardiac arrest. In 2012, The Michael Jackson Family Trust settled the lawsuit.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Body and Soul Hooker #1
1982 Night Shift Dawn
1982 48 Hrs. Vroman's Dancer
1983 10 to Midnight Ola
1983 The Man Who Loved Women
1984 Fear City Honey
1987 The Night Stalker Sable Fox
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Playboy Playmate
2015 Toy Soldier Betty
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Automan Joanne Episode: "Murder MTV"
1984 Gimme a Break! Deanna Episode: "The Center"
1984 Cheers Andrea Episode: "King of the Hill"
1985 What's Happening Now!! Paulette Episode: "Married or Not"
Music Video
Year Title Role Artist
1980 "Give Me the Night" George Benson
1983 "Thriller" Michael's Girlfriend Michael Jackson

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  1. ^ a b c "Playmate data". wekinglypigs.com. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ Rockwell, John (December 18, 1983). "Recent Releases". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Farber, Jim (January 27, 2009). "For Ola Ray, it was 'Thriller' of a lifetime". New York Daily News.
  4. ^ "The San Francisco Chronicle".[dead link]
  5. ^ Dillon, Nancy (May 6, 2009). "Gloves are off! 'Thriller' star sues for royalties". New York Daily News.
  6. ^ Griffin, Nancy (June 24, 2010). "Michael Jackson's "Thriller": How an Iconic Music Video Was Made". Vanity Fair.
  7. ^ "Hoofdrolspeelster clip Thriller krijgt alsnog geld" (in Dutch). Novum Nieuws. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.[permanent dead link]

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