Jan. 25, 1929 Jersey City Hudson County New Jersey, USA
Sep. 19, 2006 Fishkill Dutchess County New York, USA
Actress. She is probably best remembered for her role as the creepy saleslady in the first-season episode of Rod Serling's original version of "The Twilight Zone," entitled "The After Hours" and as 'Miss Amelia Dedham' in the film "Donovan's Reef" (1963), opposite John Wayne. Born Elizabeth Ellen Gillease, she began her career as a Ford Agency high-fashion model before making her television debut as an "Away We Go!" girl on "The Jackie Gleason Show" in the 1950s. She followed this by performing with the Helen Hayes Repertory Group before expanding into television and the silver screen. Her television credits include "Combat," "The Fugitive," "Kojak," and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." She was also a regular cast member on television's NBC drama series "Bracken's World" (September 1969 to December 1970), the ABC sitcom "The Paul Lynde Show" (1972), the NBC sitcom "C.P.O. Sharkey" (1976 to 1978), the NBC daytime soap opera "Another World" and its spin-off, Texas. Her television, film and stage career spanned three decades. Following "Donovan's Reef," she starred in "Diamond Head" (1963) with Charlton Heston and Yvette Mimieux and "Cheyenne Autumn" with James Stewart, and won a Laurel Award in 1963 as the year's most promising film actress. She was twice nominated for Tony Awards for her performances on Broadway in "The Gay Life" (1961) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965). Her other notable stage productions include "Romanoff and Juliet," "Lend an Ear," "Sherry!," "California Suite," "The Pajama Game," "The Tender Trap," "Show Boat," "South Pacific," and "42nd Street." She retired from acting in 1996 and died of kidney disease 10 years later at the age of 77. She was married in 1952 to Baron Karl von Vietinghoff-Scheel, but they divorced three years later and she never remarried. (bio by: William Bjornstad)
Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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