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Overview (2)

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Erin Gray was born on January 7, 1950 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gray moved with her family from Hawaii to California when she was eight years old and graduated from Pacific Palisades High School. She was fifteen when a chance meeting with Nina Blanchard, head of one of Hollywood's top model agencies, convinced her what she wanted to do in life. Moving to New York City, she became one of the town's most sought-after models, in elite company with Farrah Fawcett, Veronica Hamel and Susan Blakely. Television viewers encountered her commercials for Breck, Max Factor, Clairol, Camay Soap and RC Cola, and a classic spot--for English Leather cologne--in which she provocatively declared, "My men wear English Leather--or they wear nothing at all!" Between modeling assignments, she studied acting with well-known coach Warren Robertson and, when television movie offers came in, she was ready.

Universal was impressed by her performances on such series as Police Story (1973) and Gibbsville (1976) and signed her to a seven-year contract. Under that pact, the studio co-starred her as a tough-minded newspaper reporter in Irwin Shaw's Evening in Byzantium (1978). Her performance scored with both critics and audiences, and led directly to her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). As a result, she has become a regular commuter between Hollywood and New York City, the hub of the magazine and fashion world. Many women admired her commanding role as Colonel Wilma Deering, while many men admired her beautiful looks and shapely figure.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (2)

Richard Hissong (1991 - present) (1 child)
Ken Schwartz (29 November 1968 - 1990) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Is a longtime enthusiast regarding ancient arts, and is an instructor of Tai Chi and Qi Gong (Chi Kung) at UCLA.
Auditioned for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), which went to Kate Mulgrew.
Attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, California (Marin County). Gave the commencement address there for the graduating class of 1992.
Has a son with her ex-husband, Ken Schwartz named Kevan Gray Schwartz (b. 1976).
Turned down the female lead in Goodbye, Columbus (1969) because she felt performing sex scenes would be disrespectful to her husband, Ken Schwartz, then serving in Vietnam as a POW interrogator and intelligence analyst with the 25th Infantry Division.
Best known for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).
Mother, with Richard Hissong, of actress Samantha Gray Hissong.
Erin's first Sci-Fi appearance would've been the Woman Outside New You in Logan's Run (1976); unfortunately, her small-role was cut for time. Although, she can be seen modeling a costume for the movie in a related 1975 promotional film from MGM.

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