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Ellen Drew

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Popular 1930’s and ’40s actress who became well-known for looking in films like Xmas in July in 1940 and Johnny O’Clock in 1947. She was a beauty contestant before becoming found out by William Demarest while operating at an snow cream parlor. After her profession blossomed, she made an appearance in six movies each year from 1938 to 1943, including Sing You Sinners as well as the Lady’s from Kentucky. Throughout her life time she wedded Fred Wallace, Sy Bartlett, William Walker, and Wayne Edward Herbert. She starred in movies with many well-known leading men, like the iconic Bing Crosby.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ellen Drew
Date Of Birth November 23, 1915
Died December 3, 2003, Palm Desert, California, United States
Place Of Birth Kansas City, MO
Height 1.61 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse William T. Walker, Sy Bartlett, Fred Wallace
Children David Wallace
Movies Christmas in July, Isle of the Dead, The Man from Colorado, Johnny O'Clock, Stars in My Crown, Sing You Sinners, The Baron of Arizona, Buck Benny Rides Again, Man in the Saddle, The Crooked Way, The Monster and the Girl, The Swordsman, Davy Crockett, Indian Scout, China Sky, The Remarkable Andrew, Outlaw's Son, The Gracie Allen Murder Case, Night Plane from Chungking, The Great Missouri Raid, Night of January 16th, Reaching for the Sun, Man Alive, The Texas Rangers Ride Again, Our Wife, The Parson of Panamint, Dark Mountain, My Favorite Spy, Cargo to Capetown, That's My Baby!, The Mad Doctor, Geronimo, If I Were King, The Impostor, The Lady's from Kentucky, Crime Doctor's Man Hunt, Women Without Names, Ice-Capades Revue, Murder Goes to College, Sing While You Dance, French Without Tears
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1She was cremated.
2Played the role of Margaret Anderson in the pilot episode of Father Knows Best (1954). Jane Wyatt took over the role when the series began its run on NBC.
3Developed an alternative to the traditional hot fudge sundae called the "Cinderella". Made with peach, strawberries, pineapple, roasted almonds, lemon sherbet, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, it is still served today.
4Son, David (born 1936).
5Received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame in 1997.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1961TV SeriesKate
Perry Mason1960TV SeriesJulia Webberly
The Millionaire1959TV SeriesJulia Conrad
Outlaw's Son1957Ruth Sewall
Celebrity Playhouse1955-1956TV Series
The Ford Television Theatre1952-1955TV SeriesLouise Lyndon / Grace Warren / Elaine Anderson / ...
Science Fiction Theatre1955TV SeriesDiane Turner / Helen Gunderman
Schlitz Playhouse1953-1955TV SeriesEdith Norman / Vie / Mary Varnum
Lux Video Theatre1955TV SeriesMrs. Spence
America for Me1953ShortSchool Teacher
Man in the Saddle1951Nan Melotte
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV Series
The Great Missouri Raid1951Bee Moore
Cargo to Capetown1950Kitty Mellar
Stars in My Crown1950Harriet Gray
The Baron of Arizona1950Sofia de Peralta-Reavis 'The Baroness'
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout1950Frances Oatman
The Crooked Way1949Nina Martin
The Man from Colorado1948Caroline Emmet
The Swordsman1948Barbara Glowan
Johnny O'Clock1947Nelle Marchettis
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt1946Irene Cotter
Sing While You Dance1946Susan Kent
Man Alive1945Connie McBride
Isle of the Dead1945Thea
China Sky1945Louise Thompson
That's My Baby!1944Betty Moody
Dark Mountain1944Kay Downey
And the Angels Sing1944Minor Role (uncredited)
Strange Confession1944Yvonne
Night Plane from Chungking1943Ann Richards
Ice-Capades Revue1942Ann Porter
My Favorite Spy1942Teresa 'Terry' Kyser
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Ellen Drew (uncredited)
The Remarkable Andrew1942Peggy Tobin
The Night of January 16th1941Kit Lane
Our Wife1941Babe Marvin
The Parson of Panamint1941Mary Mallory
Reaching for the Sun1941Rita
The Monster and the Girl1941Susan Webster
Texas Rangers Ride Again1940Ellen 'Slats' Dangerfield
The Mad Doctor1940Linda Boothe
Christmas in July1940Betty Casey
Buck Benny Rides Again1940Joan Cameron
Women Without Names1940Joyce King
French Without Tears1940Diana Lake
Geronimo1939Alice Hamilton
The Escape1939Reporter (uncredited)
The Gracie Allen Murder Case1939Ann Wilson
The Lady's from Kentucky1939Penelope 'Penny' Hollis
If I Were King1938Huguette
Sing, You Sinners1938Martha Randall
You and Me1938Cashier (as Terry Ray)
Cocoanut Grove1938Radio Station Receptionist (uncredited)
Dangerous to Know1938Secretary (as Terry Ray)
Scandal Street1938uncredited
The Buccaneer1938uncredited
This Way Please1937Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mountain Music1937Helen (uncredited)
Hotel Haywire1937Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Night of Mystery1937Secretary
Turn Off the Moon1937Bit Role (uncredited)
Make Way for Tomorrow1937Usherette (uncredited)
Internes Can't Take Money1937Nurse (uncredited)
The Crime Nobody Saw1937Secretary (uncredited)
Murder Goes to College1937Lil (as Terry Ray)
College Holiday1936Dancer on Train (uncredited)
The Accusing Finger1936Wife (as Terry Ray)
Rose Bowl1936Mary Arnold (uncredited)
The Big Broadcast of 19371936Telephone Girl (as Terry Ray)
Murder with Pictures1936Bit Role (uncredited)
Wives Never Know1936uncredited
Lady Be Careful1936Girl in Sailboat (as Terry Ray)
Hollywood Boulevard1936Terry Ray - Casting Office Secretary (uncredited)
My American Wife1936Party Guest (uncredited)
Yours for the Asking1936uncredited
Rhythm on the Range1936Party Guest (uncredited)
The Return of Sophie Lang1936Secretary (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Parson of Panamint1941performer: "Merry-Go-Round", "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon", "It's in the Cards", "Rock of Ages" - uncredited
Buck Benny Rides Again1940performer: "SAY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN" 1940, "DRUMS IN THE NIGHT" 1940 - uncredited

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
Footlights Theater1952TV Series

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6901 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
French Without Tears (1940)$1,000 per week
If I Were King (1938)$100 per week


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