Deaths Elsewhere

December 07, 2003

Ellen Drew,

89, who went from working in a Hollywood Boulevard ice cream parlor to appearing in movies opposite some of the biggest stars of the 1940s, died Wednesday in Palm Desert, Calif.

Hired at $50 a week by Paramount Studios, Ms. Drew had small parts until her breakthrough in 1938 opposite Bing Crosby in Sing You Sinners.

Her film credits included Christmas in July opposite Dick Powell, Buck Benny Rides Again with Jack Benny, If I Were King and Reaching for the Sun. She also appeared on early television shows.

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