Parker High School
Awarded star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Under contract with Columbia Pictures
Appeared in "Christmas in July"
First feature as Ellen Drew, the musical "Sing You Sinners"
Groomed for stardom by Paramount; name originally changed to Erin Drew and then Ellen Drew
Had breakthough dramatic role in "If I Were King"
Signed by Paramount Pictures
Film acting debut in bit roles, billed as Terry Ray
Won title of "Miss Englewood"; encouraged to try her luck in Hollywood
Following parents' separation, dropped out of high school at age 16, lied about her age and obtained a job in the accounting department at Marshall Field's
At age four, moved to Chicago with family (date approximate)
Was befriended by character actor William Demarest who eventually aided her in obtaining a contract
Became a sales clerk at Grant's in the costume jewelry and baby clothing departments
Born in Kansas City, Missouri