Ola Ray

Actress, model Ola Ray

Ola Ray is an American model and actress most notable for co-starring alongside Michael Jackson in his short film for "Thriller" in 1983. She modeled for Playboy and was the Playmate of the Month for the June 1980 issue. Ray complained in the past about difficulties collecting royalties from her participation in "Thriller". At first, Ray blamed Michael Jackson, but then apologized to him in 1997.
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Remember This 'Thriller' Star? You Do Not Want To Miss Her Crazy New Video
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It's been four years since Michael Jackson's death, and the throng of tributes that have poured out of the music industry have inspired and touched anyone familiar with the King of Pop's legacy. But now a new, rather unique tribute has emerged -- one that just might top all of its predecessors in its oddness. The devotee in question is Ola Ray, the 52-year-old former Playboy model who is perhaps best known for having starred as Jackson's girlfriend in the iconic 1983 "Thriller" video. She's recorded her first single, "Remember," which she labels a tribute to Jackson, and produced an accompanying video that is, let's just say, a few steps removed from the quality of "Thriller." Ray's video often finds her in front of a green screen -- literally. She sings portions of the song in front of some sort of green backdrop, while other moments find her mimicking the "Thriller" dance, donning a thin coat of zombie makeup and surrounding herself with cartoon smoke amid breathtaki...
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'Thriller' video vixen Ola Ray gets $55G in residuals from Jackson estate
Fox News - about 5 years
When you star in what turns out to be the most popular music video of all time, you’re going to want a cut of the action.
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Ola Ray, Michael Jackson Estate, Settle Thriller Lawsuit
Lalate News - almost 6 years
LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Ola Ray (photos below), Playboy Miss June 1980, has settled her Thriller lawsuit with Michael Jackson’s estate. Ola Ray and Michael Jackson battled over royalties for the Thriller music video since 1988. Years later, she filed suit against Michael Jackson. Now Ray has settled her suit. Ola Ray was honored as Playboy’s [...]
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?uestlove: 15 Years - Pitchfork Media
Google News - over 6 years
You know the second that Michael Jackson and Ola Ray are surrounded by the zombies in "Thriller"? The camera focuses on her, and then she looks at Michael, and now he's a zombie, and then the camera goes backwards before they go into the dance
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La "abejita" de No Rain: "Es increíble cómo la gente ama el video" - latercera.com
Google News - over 6 years
Quien también terminó mal su historia de estrella de videoclip fue la modelo Ola Ray, protagonista del video de Thriller, de Michael Jackson: en 2009 demandó al cantante, asegurando que se le debía dinero de regalías por el video
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City Slang: Cult Hero Hiawatha Bailey talks Blind Pig - Detroit Metro Times (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Also on the bill are 60 Second Crush and Ola Ray. City Slang caught up with eternally youthful front man Hiawatha Bailey to discuss the past and the Pig. I was in the White Panther Party during the '60s, working for John Sinclair
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NYTimes - about 34 years
ON a recent trip to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, this writer heard the name of one entertainer being mentioned over and over again - Michael Jackson. This, mind you, was among people who primarily speak only Spanish and really have no idea what the lyrics of the singer's latest recording hit with Paul McCartney, ''Say, Say, Say,'' are
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NYTimes - about 34 years
Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Vestron 60 minutes. $29.95 Michael Jackson, he of the insinuatingly soft and danceable music, the seductively androgynous singing and the truly dazzling dancing, is the phenomenon of the pop-music world these days. His ''Thriller'' album came out a year ago and is approaching sales of 20 million copies worldwide.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ola Ray
  • 2009
    Age 48
    However, Ray eventually sued Jackson on May 5, 2009 in a dispute to obtain uncollected royalties.
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  • 1997
    Age 36
    Ray complained in the past about difficulties collecting royalties from her participation in Thriller. At first, Ray blamed Michael Jackson, but then apologized to him in 1997.
  • 1980
    Age 19
    Ray modeled for Playboy and was the Playmate of the Month for the June 1980 issue.
  • 1960
    Born on August 26, 1960.
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