|Born||Constance Vera Stevens
14 February 1915
Holloway, London, England, UK
|Died||24 September 2006
London, England, UK
|Other names||Baroness Oranmore and Browne
Dowager Lady Oranmore and Browne
|Spouse(s)||Dominick Browne, 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne (1951–2002) his death|
Constance Vera Browne, Baroness Oranmore and Browne (née Stevens; 14 February 1915 – 24 September 2006), commonly known as Sally Gray, was an English film actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Her obituary in The Irish Times described her as "once seen as a British rival to Ginger Rogers."
Born Constance Vera Stevens in Holloway, London, Gray was the daughter of Charles Stevens, who drove a motor cab, and his wife, Gertrude Grace. Her mother was a ballet dancer and her grandmother a "principal boy" in the 1870s.
She then went back to school for two years, training at Fay Compton’s School of Dramatic Art, during which time she performed in cabarets. She later became well established in the theatre before embarking on a series of light comedies, musicals and thrillers in the 1930s.
Gray began in films in her teens with a bit part in School for Scandal (1930) and returned in 1935, making nearly twenty films, culminating in her sensitive role in Brian Desmond Hurst’s romantic melodrama Dangerous Moonlight (1941). The same year she appeared in the West End musical Lady Behave which had been written by her co-star Stanley Lupino. She was off the screen for several years owing to a nervous breakdown.
She returned to the screen in 1946 and made her strongest bid for stardom in a series of melodramas. They include the hospital thriller Green for Danger (1946), Carnival (1946), and The Mark of Cain (1948). She made two films that, in different ways, capture some of the essence of postwar Britain: Alberto Cavalcanti's They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) (as a gangster's moll) and the stagebound Silent Dust (1948). She also appeared in Edward Dmytryk's film noir piece Obsession (1949), in which she plays Robert Newton’s faithless wife. Her final film was the spy yarn Escape Route (1952).
RKO executives, impressed with Gray, authorised producer William Sistrom to offer her a long-term contract if she would move to the United States. John Paddy Carstairs, director of The Saint in London, also thought she could be a star. However, she declined the offer and instead retired in 1952 after getting married.
Gray married The 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne, an Anglo-Irish peer, on 1 December 1951, and lived in County Mayo, Ireland. The couple kept the marriage secret until the 1953 coronation, at which she appeared with her husband.
|1930||The School for Scandal||Bit Part||(uncredited)|||
|1935||The Dictator||Minor Role||Released as Loves of a Dictator in USA, (uncredited)|
|Cross Currents||Sally Croker|
|1936||Cheer Up||Sally Gray|||
|Calling the Tune||Margaret Gordon|
|1937||Cafe Colette||Jill Manning||Released as Danger in Paris in USA|
|Saturday Night Revue||Mary Dorland|||
|Over She Goes||Kitty|
|Mr. Reeder in Room 13||Claire Kent||Released as Mystery of Room 13 in USA|||
|Hold My Hand||Helen Milchester|
|1939||Q Planes||Minor role||Released as Clouds Over Europe in USA, (uncredited)|
|Sword of Honour||Lady Moira Talmadge|
|The Saint in London||Penny Parker|||
|The Lambeth Walk||Sally||Released as Me and My Girl in USA|||
|1940||A Window in London||Vivienne||Released as Lady in Distress in USA|||
|Olympic Honeymoon||Miss America|||
|1941||The Saint's Vacation||Mary Langdon|||
|Dangerous Moonlight||Carol Peters Radetzky||Released as Suicide Squadron in USA|||
|1946||Green for Danger||Nurse Linley|||
|1947||They Made Me a Fugitive||Sally||Released as I Became a Criminal in USA|||
|The Mark of Cain||Sarah Bonheur|||
|1949||Silent Dust||Angela Rawley|||
|Obsession||Storm Riordan||Released as The Hidden Room in USA|||
|1952||Escape Route||Joan Miller||Released as I'll Get You in USA|||
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