Nan GreyFilm and radio starSAN DIEGO -- Nan Grey, leading...


July 28, 1993

SAN DIEGO — Nan Grey

Film and radio star

SAN DIEGO -- Nan Grey, leading lady of 1930s films and 1940s radio who abandoned her career when she married singer Frankie Laine in 1950, died Sunday -- her 75th birthday -- in her San Diego home of heart failure.

Born Eschol Loleet Miller in Houston, she broke into films in 1934 as Nan Grey in "The Firebird."

Over the next seven years, she appeared in two dozen films including "Three Smart Girls" in 1936, which introduced Deanna Durbin; its 1939 sequel, "Three Smart Girls Grow Up," and "Tower of London" that same year with Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone.

Other films included "Babbitt" in 1934, "Dracula's Daughter" in 1936, "The Storm" and "Girls' School" in 1938, and "The House of the Seven Gables" and "Margie" in 1940. Her final film was "Under Age" in 1941.

The oft-engaged actress eloped with jockey Jack Westrope in 1939.

The marriage ended in a Las Vegas divorce shortly before she married Mr. Laine.

In the 1940s, the actress switched to radio, for seven years playing the female lead Kathy Marshall in the popular soap opera, "Those We Love."

She met Mr. Laine at Hollywood's Coconut Grove nightclub and largely retired from show business after their marriage on June 15, 1950.

She made one guest appearance on television with him in 1960 in an episode of "Rawhide," the Western series for which he recorded the theme song.

* Margaret, 80, Duchess of Argyll, born Ethel Margaret Wigham, a society woman at the center of one of Britain's most sensational divorce cases in the 1960s, died Monday after a lengthy illness in a London nursing home where she was taken after a series of strokes. The case of Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell and Hereditary Master of the Royal Household in Scotland, vs. the Most Honorable Duchess made headlines around the world. The duke, who died in 1973, accused his wife of adultery and cited four men. The duchess cross-petitioned, citing her own stepmother. That petition was eventually dropped. A pair of photographs introduced as evidence in the divorce suit by her husband showed the duchess and a man, both naked except for her three strands of pearls. The pictures did not show the face of her lover, who became known as the "Headless Man." He was never identified, but the duke underwent a medical examination that proved the torso shown in the picture was not his. The duke was granted the divorce in 1963, four years after filing suit.

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