Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I know it is Lucille Ball's birthday today but it is also Ella Raines as well. I didn't want her to be overlooked so Happy Birthday Ella! She starred in such films as the women's film Cry Havoc, Preston Sturges comedy classic Hail The Conquering Hero and Corvette K-225 (her first film). And several other B westerns. Hence her photo below.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by Howard Hawks and played in Corvette K-225 (1943) as the love interest of Randolph Scott. She appeared in many A pictures very quickly, including Tall in the Saddle (1944) opposite John Wayne. She co-starred in many other films opposite such stars as Vincent Price, William Powell and Brian Donlevy (turning in a good performance as a spunky garage owner in director Arthur Lubin's underrated Impact (1949)). In the early 1950s she had her own TV series, "Janet Dean, Registered Nurse" (1954), and also had a short-lived recording career during that period. She died in 1988.