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Coleen Gray

Actress
Female
Born Oct 23, 1922

Coleen Gray is an American movie and television actress born in Staplehurst, Nebraska. She is known for her roles in the films Nightmare Alley (1947), Red River (1948) and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956).

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CHILDHOOD

1922 Birth She was born Doris Bernice Jensen on October 23, 1922 in Staplehurst, Nebraska, the daughter of a farmer. … Read More

TWENTIES

1944 21 Years Old She had leading roles in the Los Angeles stage productions Letters to Lucerne and Brief Music, which won her a 20th Century Fox contract in 1944.
1945 22 Years Old Gray married Rod Amateau, a screenwriter, on August 10, 1945; they divorced on February 11, 1949, and had one daughter, Susan (born 1946). Gray's second husband was William Clymer Bidlack, an aviation executive. They were married from July 14, 1953, until his death in 1978. … Read More
1946 23 Years Old After playing a bit part in State Fair (1945), she became pregnant and briefly stopped working, only to return a year later as the love interest of the character played by John Wayne in Red River (1948), which was shot in 1946 but held for release until 1948.
1947 24 Years Old Gray appeared in two 1947 films noir: In Kiss of Death as ex-con Victor Mature's wife and as Richard Widmark's target; and in Nightmare Alley as Tyrone Power's carnival performer wife, "Electra."
1950 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950, Gray used her musical abilities as she sang her part (rather than having her voice dubbed) opposite Bing Crosby in Riding High, directed by Frank Capra.

THIRTIES

1953 30 Years Old Her hidden depths were seen to advantage in the 1953 Western The Vanquished, when at one point she attacks Jan Sterling with a pair of scissors in a crazed attempt to exonerate the man she loves (John Payne). … Read More
1962 39 Years Old 1 More Event
From the 1950s, Gray guest-starred in episodes of television series such as Four Star Playhouse, Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, Mr. Ed, Rawhide in 1962 in the episode "The Devil and the Deep Blue" as Helen Wade, 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, The Deputy, Have Gun Will Travel, The Dakotas, Family Affair, Ironside,The Name of the Game and Branded.

FORTIES

1964 41 Years Old …  In 1964, along with actors Victor Jory and Susan Seaforth, Gray testified before the United States Congress as part of "Project Prayer," arguing in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing school prayer.

FIFTIES

1979 56 Years Old In 1979, Gray married widowed biblical scholar Joseph Fritz Zeiser; they remained together until his death in March 2012. They were active with the non-profit organization, Prison Fellowship, founded in 1976 by Chuck Colson, a convicted felon in the Watergate scandal.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2012 89 Years Old …  She is buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA, beside her husband Fritz Zeiser, who predeceased her in March 2012. … Read More
2015 93 Years Old Gray died in her Bel Air, Los Angeles home on August 3, 2015, of natural causes.
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