Ellen Drew


Actor
Ellen Drew

About

Also Known As
Erin Drew, Terry Ray
Birth Place
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Born
November 23, 1915

Photos & Videos

The Crooked Way - Movie Posters
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
Outlaw's Son - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Fred Wallace
Husband
Makeup artist. Married in 1935; divorced in 1940.
Sy Bartlett
Husband
Screenwriter. Born in 1902 in Russia; formerly married to actress Alice White; met in Palm Springs in January 1941 married on August 16, 1941 in Lake Tahoe; served in US Army Air Force in WWII; was one of first pilots to bomb Berlin; separated in January 1946; reconciled in March 1946; she filed for divorce in June 1946 but later withdrew petition; separated in May 1949; she filed for divorce on July 19, 1949.
William T Walker
Husband
Former advertising executive. Married on May 30, 1951; divorced in September 1967.
James Edward Herbert
Husband
Former businessman. Was executive with Motorola; married in 1971.

Biography

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Outlaw's Son (1957)
Ruth Sewall
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Bee Moore
Man in the Saddle (1951)
Nan Melotte
Stars in My Crown (1950)
Harriet Gray
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950)
Frances [Oatman]
Cargo to Capetown (1950)
Kitty Mellar
The Baron of Arizona (1950)
Sofia de Peralta-Reavis, "The Baroness"
The Crooked Way (1949)
Nina Martin
The Man from Colorado (1948)
Caroline Emmett
The Swordsman (1947)
Barbara Glowan
Johnny O'Clock (1947)
Nelle Marchettis
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946)
Irene Cotter/Natalie Cotter
Sing While You Dance (1946)
Susan Kent
Isle of the Dead (1945)
Thea
China Sky (1945)
Louise Thompson
Man Alive (1945)
Connie McBride
Dark Mountain (1944)
Kay Downey
That's My Baby (1944)
Betty Moody
The Impostor (1944)
Yvonne
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Finale
Night Plane from Chungking (1943)
Ann Richards
My Favorite Spy (1942)
Terry [Kyser]
Ice-Capades Revue (1942)
Ann Porter
The Remarkable Andrew (1942)
Peggy Tobin
Reaching for the Sun (1941)
Rita
The Parson of Panamint (1941)
Mary Mallory
The Mad Doctor (1941)
Linda Boothe
Night of January 16th (1941)
Kit Lane
The Monster and the Girl (1941)
Susan Webster
Our Wife (1941)
Babe Marvin
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
Joan Cameron
French Without Tears (1940)
Diana [Lake]
Christmas in July (1940)
Betty Casey
Geronimo (1940)
Alice Hamilton
Women Without Names (1940)
Joyce King MacNeil
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
Ellen "Slats" Dangerfield
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939)
Penelope "Penny" Hollis
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
Ann Wilson
Sing You Sinners (1938)
Martha [Randall]
If I Were King (1938)
Huguette

Life Events

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

1934

Won title of "Miss Englewood"; encouraged to try her luck in Hollywood

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

Photo Collections

The Crooked Way - Movie Posters
The Crooked Way - Movie Posters
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
Outlaw's Son - Movie Poster
Outlaw's Son - Movie Poster
Christmas in July - Publicity Stills
Christmas in July - Publicity Stills
Isle of the Dead - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from RKO's Isle of the Dead (1945), starring Boris Karloff, directed by Mark Robson, and produced by Val Lewton.
China Sky - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from RKO's China Sky (1945), starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Warrick, and Ellen Drew. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Stars In My Crown (1950) - Sharing The Parson's Heart Rejoining narration in the voice of the mature John (Dean Stockwell), exposition on the circumstances of his living with preacher Josiah Gray (Joel McCrea) and his wife and church organist Harriet (Ellen Drew), Jacques Tourneur directing in the MGM version of the novel by Alabama’s Joe David Brown, Stars In My Crown, 1950.
My Favorite Spy (1942) - Kay Kyser's In The Army Late for his wedding, bandleader Kay Kyser overhears a routine on a park bench (George Cleveland, Hobart Cavanaugh) then crosses paths with trumpeter-comic Ish Kabibble, but not with betrothed Terry (Ellen Drew), opening My Favorite Spy, 1942.
Sing You Sinners (1938) - Don't Let That Moon Get Away Bing Crosby is nearly ne’er-do-well brother Joe, quite innocently escorting his older brother’s fianceè (Ellen Drew) at a night club where the band leader (Harry Barris) coaxes him into a song, an original by John Burke and James V. Monaco, in Paramount’s Sing You Sinners, 1938.
Baron of Arizona, The (1950) - Royal Decrees Returned from gathering credentials in Europe, Reavis (Vincent Price) and Sofia (Ellen Drew) make their outlandish claim to Miller (Edward Keane) in Samuel Fuller's The Baron of Arizona, 1950.
Crooked Way, The - Right To Come Home Amnesiac ex-soldier and ex-con Eddie (John Payne) arrives in L-A trying to figure out who he is, when Nina (Ellen Drew) immediately recognizes him, early in Robert Florey's The Crooked Way, 1948.
Christmas In July - Well Dog My Cats! Some early jewelry porn, as salesman Hillbeiner (Alan Bridge) realizes he's hooked some big fish in Jimmy (Dick Powell) and Betty (Ellen Drew), in Preston Sturges' Christmas In July, 1940.
Baron of Arizona, The (1950) -- Go On Hang Me! Pepito (Vladimir Sokoloff) can't save Reavis (Vincent Price) from the angry mob ready to hang him at his desk, horrified wife Sofia (Ellen Drew) attending, in Sam Fuller's The Baron of Arizona, 1950.
Man From Colorado, The (1948) - Everything Free Celebrating the end of the Civil War in fictional Yellow Mountain, Colorado, Captain Stewart (William Holden) in a hurry to see Caroline (Ellen Drew) who is also the object of the affection of his friend and superior Colonel Devereaux (Glenn Ford), early in The Man From Colorado, 1948.
johnny O'Clock (1947) - Nice Gimmick Casino operator Dick Powell (title character) busts a crooked dealer (Matty Fain), receives fickle Nelle (Ellen Drew), girlfriend of his senior partner Marchettis (Thomas Gomez), who hears an offer from Johnny's rival, twisted cop Chuck (Jim Bannon), in Robert Rossen's Johnny O'Clock, 1947.
Isle of the Dead - Wrong and Cruel Politics and disease loom in the background as the fiery Thea (Ellen Drew) confronts General Ferides (Boris Karloff) in producer Val Lewton's Isle of the Dead, 1945.
Isle of the Dead - Something White Journalist Oliver (Marc Cramer) seeks local beauty Thea (Ellen Drew) who's making creepy discoveries in producer Val Lewton's Isle of the Dead, 1945.
Christmas In July - Reason Enough For Rejoicing! Jimmy (Dick Powell), Betty (Ellen Drew) and almost everybody in the office believes he's just won $25,000 in a slogan contest, as even the boss (Ernest Truex) comes around, in Preston Sturges' Christmas In July, 1940.

Family

David Wallace
Son
Born in 1936.

Companions

Fred Wallace
Husband
Makeup artist. Married in 1935; divorced in 1940.
Sy Bartlett
Husband
Screenwriter. Born in 1902 in Russia; formerly married to actress Alice White; met in Palm Springs in January 1941 married on August 16, 1941 in Lake Tahoe; served in US Army Air Force in WWII; was one of first pilots to bomb Berlin; separated in January 1946; reconciled in March 1946; she filed for divorce in June 1946 but later withdrew petition; separated in May 1949; she filed for divorce on July 19, 1949.
William T Walker
Husband
Former advertising executive. Married on May 30, 1951; divorced in September 1967.
James Edward Herbert
Husband
Former businessman. Was executive with Motorola; married in 1971.

Bibliography