Ella Raines (Ella Raines)

Ella  Raines

Actress. She is best remembered for her supporting roles as the love interest in a number of World War II action dramas. Born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, she enrolled as a drama student at the University of Washington, and following her graduation in 1941, traveled to New York City to attempt her breakthrough role in Broadway. She was seen by director Howard Hawks, and was signed in the role of the girlfriend for actor Randolph Scott’s role in the 1943 film, “Corvette K-225.” She moved on to several A-list movies, including playing opposite John Wayne in “Tall in the Saddle” (1944), opposite Vincent Price in “The Web” (1947), and opposite Brian Donlevy in “Impact” (1949). Considered a strong and versatile actress, she made a good living, even picking up the title lead character in the television series, “Janet Dean, Registered Nurse” (1954-55) for one season. From there she moved on to recording songs, but that career didn’t appeal to the teenager audience and quickly faded. After filming the 1957 movie “The Man in the Road” she decided to retire and raise her two children. She was twice married, first to Kenneth Trout (1942-1945, divorced), and then to Robin Olds (1947-1975, separated), with whom she had two children. Robin Olds was an Air Force fighter pilot, and became a famous ace in both World War II and in the Vietnam War. She returned to television for a guest appearance on a 1984 episode of the series, “Matt Houston,” which became her last appearance. She died of throat cancer four years later. 

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  • August, 06, 1920
  • USA
  • Washington


  • May, 30, 1988


  • Glen Haven Memorial Park
  • California
  • USA

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