No need to worry, I will try to shed some light on this wonderful actress. I so love that name too. Ella. So beautiful.
She was born Ella Wallace Raines near Snoqualmie Falls, Washington on August 6th, 1920. She studies drama at the University of Washington and was appearing in a play there when she was seen by director Howard Hawks. He quickly signed her to a contract and her first film was Corvette K-225 in 1943, co-starring Randolph Scott. She then appeared in a string of big studio films include Cry Havoc (1943) with Joan Blondell, Ann Sothern and Maureen Sullavan; the film noir classic, The Phantom Lady (1944); Preston Sturges comedy Hail The Conquering Hero (1944) with Eddie Bracken; and the John Wayne western, Tall in the Saddle (1944).
One of Ella's biggest films, Hail The Conquering Hero with Eddie Bracken
Ella was married twice. Her first marriage to Kenneth Trout lasted just three years in the mid 40's. Her second marriage to Robin Olds lasted a lot longer, nearly 30 years and produced two children.
Ella died from throat cancer on May 30, 1988. She was also a very big animal lover.
I've seen a few of her films and thought she was very talented but never had the career she deserved. I would say if you want to watch some of her films that show Ella at her best I would say start with Hail The Conquering Hero and Cry Havoc. Two of her very best. I hope this little post has shed some light on such a marvelous and talented woman.
The photos below show how much Ella loved her animals....
This one is for you Irene....