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DiedDecember 3, 2003, Palm Desert, California, United States
SpouseWilliam T. Walker, Sy Bartlett, Fred Wallace
FactReceived a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame in 1997.
PaymentsEarned $1,000 per week from French Without Tears (1940)

Ellen Drew was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 26, 1915. Her parents were of Irish and Scottish descent. She had two older sisters. Ellen was educated at a Catholic girls’ school and then at the University of Missouri. She originally wanted to be a journalist, but after being rejected by several newspapers, she decided to try her hand at acting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1936 and got a job as an extra in the film “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”. Her big break came in 1938 when she was cast as the female lead in the film “The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse”. The film was a huge success and made Ellen a star.

Ellen’s career flourished in the 1940s. She appeared in a string of hit films, including “The Strawberry Blonde”, “The Maltese Falcon”, and “Casablanca”. She also starred opposite Cary Grant in the screwball comedy “Mr. Lucky”. In 1945, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film “None but the Lonely Heart”.

In the 1950s, Ellen’s career began to decline. She appeared in a number of forgettable films and her personal life was plagued by scandal. In 1954, she divorced her first husband, actor Alan Marshall. The following year, she married businessman Robert Drew. The couple had three children together.

In the 1960s, Ellen made a comeback with the television series “The Virginian”. She also appeared in a number of successful films, including “The Odd Couple” and “Airport”.

Ellen Drew died of a heart attack on May 1, 1971 at the age of 55.

Ellen Drew was a successful Hollywood actress who appeared in over 60 films during her career. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 26, 1915 and died of a heart attack on May 1, 1971 at the age of 55.

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Full NameEllen Drew
DiedDecember 3, 2003, Palm Desert, California, United States
Height1.61 m


SpouseWilliam T. Walker, Sy Bartlett, Fred Wallace
ChildrenDavid Wallace


MoviesChristmas in July, Isle of the Dead, The Man from Colorado, Johnny O'Clock, Stars in My Crown, Sing You Sinners, The Baron of Arizona, Man in the Saddle, Buck Benny Rides Again, The Monster and the Girl, The Crooked Way, The Swordsman, Davy Crockett, Indian Scout, China Sky, The Remarkable Andrew, O...

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


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.




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)


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

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


Won Awards

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

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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