Ella Raines

Ella Wallace Raines (August 6, 1920 – May 30, 1988) was an American film and television actress. Born Ella Wallace Raubes near Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, Raines studied drama at the University of Washington and was appearing in a play there when she was seen by Howard Hawks. She became the first actor signed to the new production company he had formed with the actor Charles Boyer, "B-H Productions", and made her film debut in Corvette K-225 in 1943. Immediately following her role in that film, she was cast in the all female war film Cry 'Havoc', made the same year. In 1944 she starred in a series of big films including the film noir Phantom Lady, the comedy Hail the Conquering Hero, and the John Wayne western Tall in the Saddle. Soon, she began to appearing in B-films including 1945's The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry with Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Sanders, and 1947 thriller The Web. With the exception of Brute Force in which Raines appeared with Burt Lancaster, none of her later films were nearly as successful as her previous movies and her career began to decline.

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