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DiedSeptember 18, 2012, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJames Caan
FactOpened an exclusive dress shop in Beverly Hills in 1947.

Sheila Ryan (born Sheila Ann Ryan; November 22, 1935 – September 6, 1975) was an American film actress. She is best known for her roles in the films The Young Lions (1958) and The Nun’s Story (1959).

Sheila Ryan was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of John Ryan, a film producer, and his wife, Gladys (née McNally). She had two brothers, John Jr. and Robert. She was of Irish and English descent.

Ryan was educated at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. She began her career as a model, appearing in magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

In 1958, Ryan made her film debut in The Young Lions, opposite Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. The following year, she starred in The Nun’s Story with Audrey Hepburn.

Ryan’s other film credits include The Best of Everything (1959), Portrait in Black (1960), The Chapman Report (1962), and Valley of the Dolls (1967).

On September 6, 1975, Sheila Ryan died of cancer at the age of 39.

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Full NameSheila Ryan
DiedSeptember 18, 2012, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States


SpouseJames Caan
ChildrenKerry Buttram-Galgano


MoviesGreat Guns, A-Haunting We Will Go, Railroaded!, The Cowboy and the Indians, Dressed to Kill, Mule Train, Song of Texas, Dead Men Tell, Something for the Boys, Pack Train, Caged Fury, Getting Gertie's Garter, Gold Raiders, The Gay Caballero, Western Pacific Agent, Lone Star Ranger, Mask of the Dragon...
TV ShowsThe Gene Autry Show

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1Opened an exclusive dress shop in Beverly Hills in 1947.
2Selected as a 'Baby Star' by the Motion Picture Publicists Association in October 1940.
3Signed under long-term contract by 20th Century Fox in May 1940.
4Appeared in her early films under her real name, Betty McLaughlin.
5Signed by Paramount while still at Hollywood High School.
6Grandmother of Natalie Galgano (born in 1985) and Angie Galgano (born in 1989).
7Mother, with Pat Buttram, of daughter Kerry Buttram-Galgano.
8Her only daughter Kathleen (Kerry) was fathered by Pat Buttram.




Street of Darkness1958Carmen Flores
Ethel Barrymore Theater1956TV Series
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesChloe
Soldiers of Fortune1955TV SeriesKaren Holt
Captain Midnight1954TV SeriesEve Gamble
The Gene Autry Show1950-1954TV SeriesMrs. Simmons / Doll / Corinne Sheldon / ...
Annie Oakley1954TV SeriesLucille Rodell
Adventures of the Falcon1954TV SeriesMargo Reilly
Pack Train1953Lola Riker
Chevron Theatre1953TV Series
Death Valley Days1953TV SeriesGwen Haley
On Top of Old Smoky1953Lila
I'm the Law1953TV SeriesMarsha
The Unexpected1952TV SeriesMrs. Gilford
Mark Saber1951TV Series
Jungle Manhunt1951Anne Lawrence
Gold Raiders1951Laura Mason
Mask of the Dragon1951Ginny O'Donnell
Fingerprints Don't Lie1951Carolyn Palmer
Front Page Detective1951TV Series
The Lone Ranger1949-1950TV SeriesMaude Carver / Ellen Carter
Square Dance Katy1950Vicky Doran
Western Pacific Agent1950Martha Stuart
Mule Train1950Sheriff Carol
The Cowboy and the Indians1949Doctor Nan
Joe Palooka in The Counterpunch1949Myra Madison
Ringside1949Janet 'J.L.' Brannigan
Hideout1949Edie Hanson
The Cobra Strikes1948Dale Cameron
Caged Fury1948Kit Warren
Railroaded!1947Rosie Ryan
Philo Vance's Secret Mission1947Mona Bannister
Heartaches1947Toni Wentworth
The Big Fix1947Lillian
The Lone Wolf in Mexico1947Sharon Montgomery
Slightly Scandalous1946Christine Wright
Deadline for Murder1946Vivian Mason
Getting Gertie's Garter1945Patty Ford
The Caribbean Mystery1945Mrs. Jean Gilbert
Something for the Boys1944Melanie Walker
Ladies of Washington1944Jerry Dailey
The Gang's All Here1943Vivian Potter
Song of Texas1943Sue Bennett
Careful, Soft Shoulders1942Agatha Mather
A-Haunting We Will Go1942Margo
Footlight Serenade1942Ann, Cowgirl in Movie (uncredited)
Who Is Hope Schuyler?1942Lee Dale
Lone Star Ranger1942Barbara Longstreth
Pardon My Stripes1942Ruth Stevens
Great Guns1941Ginger Hammond
We Go Fast1941Diana Hempstead
Sun Valley Serenade1941Phone Operator (uncredited)
Dressed to Kill1941Connie Earle
Dead Men Tell1941Kate Ransome
Golden Hoofs1941Gwen
A Night at Earl Carroll's1940Miss Borgia (as Betty McLaughlin)
Life with Henry1940Minor Role (uncredited)
The Mad Doctor1940Hostess at Charity Bazaar (uncredited)
Dancing on a Dime1940Brunette (uncredited)
The Gay Caballero1940Susan Wetherby
I Want a Divorce1940Waitress (uncredited)
Queen of the Mob1940Party Girl (as Betty McLaughlin)
The Way of All Flesh1940Mitzi Kriza (as Betty McLaughlin)
Those Were the Days!1940Miss Claire (uncredited)
The Farmer's Daughter1940Dorinda (as Betty McLauglin)
What a Life1939Jessie (as Betty McLauglin)


The Gang's All Here1943performer: "A Journey to a Star", "No Love, No Nothin'" - uncredited
Dressed to Kill1941performer: "I've Got You All to Myself"
The Gay Caballero1940performer: "Beautiful Dreamer" 1862 - uncredited


Meet the Stars #2: Baby Stars1941Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch1976Handcuffed Villianess (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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