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Born: November 23, 1915 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born in Kansas City, Missouri
1920:
At age four, moved to Chicago with family (date approximate)
1932:
Following parents' separation, dropped out of high school at age 16, lied about her age and obtained a job in the accounting department at Marshall Field's
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Became a sales clerk at Grant's in the costume jewelry and baby clothing departments
1934:
Won title of "Miss Englewood"; encouraged to try her luck in Hollywood
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Was befriended by character actor William Demarest who eventually aided her in obtaining a contract
1936:
Signed by Paramount Pictures
1936:
Film acting debut in bit roles, billed as Terry Ray
1938:
Groomed for stardom by Paramount; name originally changed to Erin Drew and then Ellen Drew
1938:
First feature as Ellen Drew, the musical "Sing You Sinners"
1938:
Had breakthough dramatic role in "If I Were King"
1940:
Appeared in "Christmas in July"
1946:
Under contract with Columbia Pictures
1997:
Awarded star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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