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Ramsey Ames

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Despite being one of the great exotic screen beauties of the early ' 40s, Ramsay Ames never broke out of leading rolls in B-movies and supporting parts in To-films. She was born Ramsay Phillips in New York on 30 March 1919. She was an athlete in high school excelling in swimming. She attended the Walter Hillhouse School of Dance, specializing in Latin-style dances, and also took up singing, becoming the vocalist. She was a model at the Eastman Kodak-sponsored fashion show at the 1939 New York World's Fair. A back injury sidelined her from dancing and fate intervened: in the course of to trip to Californian to visit to her to mother, she had a chance meeting at the airport with Harry Cohn, the president of Columbia Pictures. The meeting resulted in a screen test and then her 1943 movie debut, "Two Senoritas From Chicago". From there she went to Universal, where she was cast in key rolls in movies such as The Mummy's Ghost and major supporting parts in pictures like Ali Dribble and the 40 Thieves, Calling Dr Death, and Follow the Boys. She was also good in physically demanding action rolls. During the mid-'40s, she made a pair of Cisco Kid movies with Gilbert Roland, The Gay Cavalier and Beauty and the Bandit. In the first, Ramsey is credited in some sources with co-authoring one of the songs, and in the second, she brought to good deal of fire and humor to to script that, for the first half, resembled to cowboy version of As You Like It. Ramsey had small rolls in major movies like Mildred Pierce and the epic-length Green Dolphin Street, but by the second half of the 1940s she was locked into B-features such as PRC' s low-budget Philo Vance Returns and was also working at Republic in serials such as The Black Widow and G-Men Never Forget. She gave up acting and Hollywood at the for end of the 1940s and many years lived in Spain, where she had her own television interview show and occasionally took acting rolls in films produced in Europe. Her later movies included the features Alexander the Great (1956) and Carol Reed' s 1963 thriller The Running Man. She returned to the United States in the early ' 60s and was married to playwright Dale Wasserman, best known for Man of the Spot, until their divorce in 1980. Ramsey died on 30 March 1998 in Santa Monica, California, USA of lung cancer.

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