Sally Gray Movies and Career Information

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Aquarius
Feb 14, 1916
Holloway
Actor
Constance Vera Browne, Baroness Oranmore and Browne, commonly known as Sally Gray, was an English film actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Her mother was a ballet dancer and her grandmother was a "principal boy" in the 1870s. Born Constance Vera Stevens in Holloway, London, Gray made her stage debut at the age of twelve in All God's Chillun at the Globe Theatre in London, playing a little black boy. She then went back to school for two years, training at Fay Compton’s School of Dramatic Art and then became well established in the theatre before embarking on a series of light comedies, musicals and thrillers in the 1930s. Gray began in films in her teens with a bit part in School for Scandal and returned in 1935, making nearly twenty films, culminating in her sensitive role in Brian Desmond Hurst’s romantic melodrama Dangerous Moonlight. She was off the screen for several years owing to an alleged nervous breakdown and then returned in 1946 to make her strongest bid for stardom. This latter involved a series of melodramas. They include the hospital thriller Green for Danger, Carnival, and The Mark of Cain. She made two films that, in different ways, capture some of the essence of postwar Britain: Alberto Cavalcanti's They Made Me a Fugitive and the stagebound Silent Dust. She also appeared in Edward Dmytryk's film noir piece Obsession, in which she plays Robert Newton’s faithless wife. Her final film was the spy yarn Escape Route.

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