|Born||January 2, 1901|
Devine, Texas, U.S.
|Died||May 5, 1979 (aged 78)|
Temple City, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||William "Larry" Wheeler (1925-1958, his death)|
Allene Ray (born Allene Ray Burch; January 2, 1901 – May 5, 1979) was an American film actress.
Her first job related to films was selling tickets at a movie theater, and her first appearance on film came when Harry Myers arrived in Texas. He shot two reels of film with Ray before he left. Her next opportunity in film came in 1920 when she won a publishing company's beauty contest after her sister submitted her picture as an entry.
Winning the contest led to her signing with a talent agency, which dropped her last name for professional purposes. She made two films in Texas for the Sawyer and Lubin agency before Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought her contract.
Ray became a serial heroine for Pathe Pictures, acting and performing stunts that included riding her horse, "teetering on the roofs of buildings and jumping into lakes". She explained during an interview in 1978 that the company did not hire stuntpersons; therefore each actor and actress had to do his or her stunts,
Her screen credits include Honeymoon Ranch (1920), West of the Rio Grande (1921) and Partners of the Sunset (1922). The latter she made for the Lubin Corporation. In making The Fortieth Door (1924), Ray decided to wear a brunette wig as the film featured an Egyptian heroine. The serial was made by Pathe. Her film career continued into the era of sound motion pictures with appearances in such films as The Indians Are Coming (1930), Westward Bound (1930) and The Phantom (1931). Ray played the role of a stowaway in Gun Cargo (1949).
After she left the film business, Ray worked as a seamstress and a fitter in Temple City, California, after which she enrolled in a real-estate school and passed a test to become a broker. She worked with her husband, who was also a real-estate broker.. After his death, she continued in the business until she retired in 1965.
Personal life and death
On July 20, 1925, Ray married film producer Larry Wheeler in Tijuana, Mexico. In 1940 they moved to Temple City, California. They remained married until his death in 1958. She died from cancer in 1979, aged 78, in Temple City, California.
- Your Friend and Mine (1923)
- Times Have Changed (1923)
- The Way of a Man (1924)
- The Fortieth Door (1924)
- Ten Scars Make a Man (1924)
- Galloping Hoofs (1924)
- Sunken Silver (1925)
- Play Ball (1925)
- The Green Archer (1925)
- Snowed In (1926)
- The House Without a Key (1926)
- Melting Millions (1927)
- Hawk of the Hills (1927)
- The Man Without a Face (1928)
- The Yellow Cameo (1928)
- The Terrible People (1928)
- Overland Bound (1929)
- The Black Book (1929)
- The Indians Are Coming (1930)
- The Phantom (1931)
- Griffith-Jones, Margaret (March 5, 1978). "Star of silent screen sagas lives quietly in Temple City". Monrovia News-Post. California, Monrovia. p. 4. Retrieved April 18, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Allene Ray Weds Producer". The San Francisco Examiner. July 30, 1925. p. 13. Retrieved April 18, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- Los Angeles Times, "New Sparkler Comes To Coast", August 27, 1922, p. II37.
- Los Angeles Times, "Blonde Brunette Tresses Puzzle for Allene Ray", July 20, 1924, p. B40.
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