Born Eschal Loleet Grey Miller on July 25, 1918 in Houston, TX, actress Nan Grey had a brief but bustling leading-lady career. Her first screen role, in the 1934 James Cagney vehicle The St. Louis Kid, was cut from the film. After that she alternated minor roles with uncredited ones throughout 1935. Her first major screen credit was The Sea Spoilers in 1936. Career highlights include Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), The Invisible Man Returns (1940) opposite Vincent Price, and The House of the Seven Gables (1940), also with Price.
The diminutive blonde actress spent most of her filmmaking years at Universal, where she usually essayed pretty but vapid heroines. One exception to this syndrome was her portrayal of the pathetic young waif befriended and later victimized by alluring female vampire Gloria Holden in Dracula's Daughter (1936). In 1950, Nan Grey became the wife of popular singer Frankie Laine, a union that lasted until Grey's death from cancer in 1993. Grey and Laine also both played dramatic roles in an episode of the TV series Rawhide in 1960.
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