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Date of Birth 2 January 1895San Antonio, Texas, USA
Date of Death 5 May 1979Temple City, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameAllene Burch
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Allene Ray made her reputation as a star of action serials in the '20s, and she had the background for it. She was born and raised on a ranch outside of San Antonio, Texas, and could not only ride horses at an early age, but learned to tame bucking broncs, a very unusual thing to do for women in those times. A local theatrical impresario discovered that Allene could also sing and dance well, and she was offered a part in his productions. It was while appearing in them in 1919 that a western actor and writer, Tex O'Reilly, who was shooting two-reel westerns in San Antonio, spotted her, and she was soon appearing with him in those films. The next year she traveled to New York where she was contracted to make one film, but stayed there for several more. By 1924 she was making serials for Pathe, where she found her niche. Her natural athletic ability led to her often refusing to use a double, as she wanted to perform her own stunts. Pathe teamed her with actor Walter Miller, a successful effort that resulted in their making eight serials together. When Pathe gave up makng serials in 1929, Ray moved to Universal, which was still actively engaged in making them. Unfortunately, her career did not survive the sound era, as she had a high-pitched, squeaky voce that did not come out well on film. She made her last film in 1930, retired, and was never heard from again.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

If serial queen Pearl White had a match, it was Allene Ray. A strikingly beautiful honey-blond, blue-eyed woman of 5' 3", Allene was everything Pearl was not. She was shy, quiet, introverted and discouraged familiarity with her coworkers. Ironically, she was extremely agile, and did all her own stunts. Those who worked with her could never remember the use of a double for her, even in really difficult or dangerous situations. Allene was a skilled horsewoman, and had been from a young age. While she was reserved and guarded, just about everyone who knew her liked her. Foul language, a common part of silent film making (and film making in general) was forbidden in her presence. Nobody seemed to mind, and all cooperated out of genuine respect for her. Rather than letting stardom go to her head, Allene was, according to those who knew her, natural and down-to-earth, without pretense. She enjoyed several years as a star in serials during the silent era, but her popularity declined with the advent of sound. Her light voice was a nice one, but it did not record very well. Gracefully, Allene bowed out of pictures in 1930.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Larry Walker (1925 - ?)

Trade Mark (1)

Blond hair

Trivia (3)

Star of silent serials.
Crew members were forbidden to smoke or curse on set when she was present.
She was one of the most emotionally restrained actresses to appear on the silver screen; in fact, her directors had to deliberately scare her to make her scream, as her scripts often required.

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