January 2, 2017

Actors

Sally Gray (1916-2006) Holloway, London.

Sally Gray

Born Constance Vera Stevens in Holloway, London, blonde actress Sally Gray possessed one of the most attractive voices in British films – husky, as well as a hazel-eyed beautiful face. She trained at Fay Compton’s School of Dramatic Art and became well established in the theatre before embarking on a series of light comedies, musicals and thrillers in the 30s.

Gray began in films in her teens with a bit part in School for Scandal (1930), and returned in 1935, making nearly 20 films culminating with her sensitive role in Brian Desmond Hurst’s romantic wartime hit, Dangerous Moonlight (1941). She was off the screen for several years due to an alleged nervous breakdown, and then returned in 1946 to make her strongest bid for stardom.

This latter involved a series of attractive melodramas, all of which stand up well today: they include: the classic hospital thriller, Green for Danger (1947); the decorative Victoriana of Carnival (1946) and The Mark of Cain (1948); two films which, in their different ways, capture some of the essence of post-war Britain, a gangster’s moll in Alberto Cavalcanti‘s They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) and the stagebound Silent Dust (1948); and Edward Dmytryk’s film noir piece Obsession (1949), in which she plays Robert Newton’s faithless wife. Her final film was the confusing spy yarn Escape Route (1952). She retired in 1952 to marry the 4th Lord Oranmore and Browne and lived in County Mayo, Ireland, for some time. In the early 1960s, they settled in a flat in Eaton Place, Belgravia in London.



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