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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 December 1925Morehouse, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 6 July 2006Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameJosie Imogene Rogers
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hailing from Morehouse, Missouri, she was born Imogene Rogers and moved with her family to California at age 2 1/2. She got the nickname Casey when her neighborhood playmates discovered how well she handled a baseball bat ("I could hit a baseball farther than anybody in grammar school except Robert Lewis - he and I were always the opposing captains of the sixth grade baseball teams!"); she later changed the C in Casey to a K. Paramount changed her name to Laura Elliott during her late 1940s-early '50s stint there, but she went back to Kasey Rogers soon after leaving that studio. Twice-married and the mother of four (and a grandmother), Rogers turned her talents to writing and development, including the proposed new TV series Son of a Witch.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Bud Lewis (? - ?) (divorced) (3 children)
? (? - ?) (1 child)

Trivia (20)

Has successfully written several crafts and interior design books based on the Bewitched (1964) television series and holiday occasions.
Early in her career, she was part of Paramount "Golden Circle," a group of starlets.
Her last 15 years were spent with partner Mark Wood.
Pioneering women's motocross promoter.
Was seen by a talent scout, auditioned at Paramount, made a screen test and was cast in a leading role (Special Agent (1949)) in a movie the next week,.
Studied piano, accordion, acting, and elocution from the time she was 7 or 8 years old.
Had red hair. Originally wore a black bouffant wig on the Bewitched (1964) series in order to resemble the "first" Louise Tate, actress Irene Vernon. Once Kasey was firmly established in the role, she eventually stopped wearing the wig.
Established the PowderPuffs Unlimited Riders and Racers association and spearheaded its first race. A year later she persuaded the promoter of the superbowl of Motocross, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, to allow women to compete. She stopped racing altogether in 1977.
Twice divorced, she had four children: James Donnellan, Mona Lewis, Monika Winslow and Michael Lewis. She was also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
After battling throat cancer for many years, Kasey went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke, dying from complications of the stroke.
Due to her popular work on Peyton Place (1964) as Barbara Parkins's long-suffering mother, she was cast as Louise Tate without an audition. Following the demise of the hit sitcom in 1972, she made a few appearances here and there but for the most part retired.
Wrote "The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen" (1996) with her close companion and writing partner Mark Wood.
Played a brief but memorable role as Farley Granger's caustic estranged wife who is strangled by Robert Walker in Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train (1951).
In 1966 she replaced actress Irene Vernon as Louise Tate, the wife of Darrin's boss Larry Tate on Bewitched (1964). It seems Ms. Vernon was a close associate and friend of one of the show's writers, Danny Arnold who was fired. Irene was subsequently asked to leave by the producers. When Irene left, it was on the pretense that her husband was ill.
Played leads in high school plays.
Spotted by a talent agent and signed with Paramount in 1949.
Her son Mike took up motorcycle riding in the early 1970s and Kasey followed suit. She began to race competitively and wrote a column on women's racing for Modern Cycle magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and feature stories on racing events.
Her birth year is often listed as 1926.
She was remembered by many for her role as the second "Louise Tate" on Bewitched (1964).

Personal Quotes (1)

Study, study, study. And don't leave home for Hollywood until you are a top notch actor. The competition is incredible.

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