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Overview (4)

Born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, USA
Died in Sherman Oaks, California, USA  (throat cancer)
Birth NameElla Wallace Raines
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by Howard Hawks and played in Corvette K-225 (1943) as the love interest of Randolph Scott. She appeared in many A pictures very quickly, including Tall in the Saddle (1944) opposite John Wayne. She co-starred in many other films opposite such stars as Vincent Price, William Powell and Brian Donlevy (turning in a good performance as a spunky garage owner in director Arthur Lubin's underrated Impact (1949)). In the early 1950s she had her own TV series, Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (1954), and also had a short-lived recording career during that period. She died in 1988.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Hafker, pakhuntz @ runestone.net

Family (2)

Spouse Robin Olds (6 February 1947 - 1976)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Kenneth W. Trout (11 August 1942 - 18 December 1945)  (divorced)
Parents Ernest N Raines
Bird Zachary Raines

Trivia (11)

She retired in 1956 after filming The Man in the Road (1956)
Father was an engineer.
Broke into films in 1943 as the sole contract star of a new production company, B-H Productions, established by actor Charles Boyer and director Howard Hawks. She later signed with Universal Pictures.
Her second husband, Robin Olds, was a famous fighter pilot. Son of a World War I pilot, Olds was an ace (shot down 12 enemy aircraft) in WWII and 4 in Vietnam. They separated in 1975 and were divorced in 1976. Ella moved back to Hollywood and lived in Sherman Oaks until her death in 1988. She is survived by two daughters, Christina Eloise Olds of Vail, Colorado and Susan Olds Scott-Risner of North Bend, Washington and a granddaughter, Jennifer Newman of Santa Monica, CA.
Cousin of Gore Vidal.
She was a lifelong Republican and anti-communist who was a solid supporter of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
A son with Robin Olds, Robert Ernest Olds, was stillborn in 1958.
Appeared on the cover of Life magazine in February 1944.
Had green eyes and high cheekbones.
She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for her contribution to motion pictures at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and a second for television at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard.
In the mid-1970's, she returned to her alma mater to teach drama at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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