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Ellen Drew ACTOR


Ellen Drew was born on November 23rd, 1915 in Kansas City, Missouri with the birth name Esther Loretta Ray.  As a young lady she helped her family out financially by working various jobs ranging from an accountant to a sales girl until she began entering a number of beauty pageants where she took home some trophies.
Soon she decided to relocate to Hollywood to see if it was possible to break into the entertainment industry.  She was discovered by William Demarest while working in an ice cream shop and was signed to a contract with Paramount Pictures.
In the beginning of her career she was billed under the stage name Terry Ray and only later in her career did she switch her stage name to Ellen Drew.  Some of her early roles were on, "Sing, You Sinners" (1938) starring Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray and Donald O'Connor, "If I Were King" (1938) starring Ronald Colman and Basil Rathbone, "The Lady's from Kentucky" (1939) co-starring George Raft, "Women Without Names" (1940) starring with Robert Paige and "Buck Benny Rides Again" (1940) starring alongside Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Andy Devine and Phil Harris. 
As her career progressed some of her more well known film roles were in, "Christmas in July" (1940) co-starring Dick Powell, "Isle of the Dead" (1945) starring Boris Karloff, "Johnny O'Clock" (1947) starring Dick Powell and Evelyn Keyes and "The Crooked Way" (1949) co-starring John Payne and Sonny Tufts.    
Although, she did work a lot, she was never able to reach the level of stardom that she hoped for.  Later in her career she began to turn her focus on to television roles adding such credits as, "Schiltz Playhouse", "The Ford Television Theatre", "Celebrity Playhouse" and "Perry Mason".   
She retired from acting in 1961 with her last role on the television show, "The Barbara Stanwyck Show" and then spent the remainder of her life living in Palm Desert, California. 
Drew married four times throughout her lifetime.  First to Fred Wallace in 1935 and they had one child together before the marriage came to an end in 1940.  Her second marriage was to Sy Bartlett in 1941 and they also had one child before the marriage ended in divorce in 1949.  Her third husband was William T. Walker in 1951 and they remained married until 1967.  She then wed James Edward Herbert in 1971.
On December 3rd, 2003 Ellen Drew passed away in Palm Desert, California after suffering from a liver ailment at the age of eighty eight.  In 1997, she was honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame.  
Ellen Drew

1961   The Barbara Stanwyck Show

1960   Perry Mason
1959   The Millionaire 

1957   Outlaw's Son 

1955-1956  Celebrity Playhouse
1952-1955  The Ford Television Theatre

1955   Science Fiction Theatre

1953-1955  Schlitz Playhouse
1955   Lux Video Theatre

1953   America for Me

1952   Footlights Theater
1951   Man in the Saddle 

1951   The Great Missouri Raid 

1950   Stars in My Crown
1950   Cargo to Capetown

1950   The Baron of Arizona

1950   Davy Crockett, Indian Scout
1949   The Crooked Way

1948   The Man from Colorado

1948   The Swordsman
1947   Johnny O'Clock

1946   Crime Doctor's Man Hunt

1946   Sing While You Dance
1945   Man Alive

1945   Isle of the Dead 

1945   China Sky 
1944   Dark Mountain

1944   That's My Baby!

1944   Strange Confession
1943   Night Plane from Chungking

1942   Ice-Capades Revue

1942   Star Spangled Rhythm
1942   My Favorite Spy

1942   The Remarkable Andrew

1941   Night of January 16th 
1941   Our Wife

1941   The Parson of Panamint

1941   Reaching for the Sun 
1941   The Monster and the Girl 

1941   The Mad Doctor 

1940   The Texas Rangers Ride Again 
1940   Christmas in July 

1940   Buck Benny Rides Again 

1940   Women Without Names 
1940   French Without Tears 

1939   Geronimo 

1939   The Gracie Allen Murder Case
1939   The Lady's from Kentucky 

1938   If I Were King 

1938   Sing, You Sinners 
1938   You and Me 

1938   Cocoanut Grove 

1938   Dangerous to Know
1938   Scandal Street

1938   The Buccaneer

1937   This Way Please
1937   Mountain Music 

1937   Hotel Haywire

1937   Night of Mystery 
1937   Turn Off the Moon 

1937   Make Way for Tomorrow

1937   Internes Can't Take Money
1937   The Crime Nobody Saw 

1937   Murder Goes to College 

1936   College Holiday 
1936   The Accusing Finger 

1936   Rose Bowl 

1936   The Big Broadcast of 1937
1936   Murder with Pictures

1936   Wives Never Know

1936   Lady Be Careful
1936   Hollywood Boulevard

1936   My American Wife

1936   Yours for the Asking
1936   Rhythm on the Range

1936   The Return of Sophie Lang

Matinee Classics - That's My Baby! starring Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew, Leonid Kinskey, Minor Watson, Richard Bailey, Marjorie Manners, Madeline Grey and Alex Callam

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