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Lisa Gaye: Life Story and Glamorous Photos from her Early Life and Career

Lisa Gaye was an actress and dancer who started her career at the age of seven.  Before landing her first acting role, she had ambitions to become a professional ballerina. As a teenager, she signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios and enrolled in the studio’s acting school.

Acting career

Gaye began her acting career in 1953–54 with two uncredited cameos. Drums Across the River was her first leading role (1954). Between 1954 and 1967, she acted in 13 films. Gaye first appeared on stage when she was 12 years old in a play by Merry Wives of Windsor. In 1957, she made her adult stage debut in San Francisco with ‘Darling, I’m Yours.’ She quickly gained fame among film magazines as a favorite and often made headlines for dates she had with leading Hollywood men, including Troy Donahue, Tab Hunter, and Carleton Carpenter.

Television career

Gaye made her first television appearance in the 1950s and performed in several TV shows, including ‘The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,’ ‘The Bob Cummings Show,’ ‘Hawaiian Eye,’ and many more. She also appeared in 13 episodes of Perry Mason and supported Sally Field as ‘The Flying Nun.’

Personal life

Lisa Gaye married a Californian business executive, Bently Ware, in 1955, with whom she had a daughter, Janelle. She left acting in 1970 to raise their daughter, Janell, after their marriage. Following her husband’s death from a heart attack in 1977, Ware relocated to Houston, Texas, where she worked as a receptionist at KETH Channel 14, a local evangelical television station, for 19 years and sang in the choir Evangelistic Temple Church.

Lisa Gaye’s death

Lisa Gaye died on July 14, 2016, at 81 in Huston, Texas. She is survived by her daughter Janelle, sister Debra and brother Frank.

Below are some glamorous photos of Lisa Gaye from her life and career.

#1 Lisa Gaye posing by a tree.

Lisa Gaye posing by a tree.

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#2 Lisa Gaye with Scott Forbes in the movie ‘Trapline’, 1956.

Lisa Gaye with Scott Forbes in the movie 'Trapline', 1956.

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#5 Lisa Gaye posing near the window, 1954.

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#6 Lisa Gaye, 1954.

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#7 Lisa Gaye leaning with a tree, 1950s.

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#10 Lisa Gaye with Richard Boone as a guest star on CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel

Lisa Gaye with Richard Boone as a guest star on CBS's Have Gun - Will Travel

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#11 Lisa Gaye showing her dress, 1950s.

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#12 Lisa Gaye posing on a sofa, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye posing on a sofa, 1950s.

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#13 Lisa Gaye posing by a tree, 1950s.

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#14 Lisa Gaye during a shooting, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye during a shooting, 1950s.

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#15 Lisa Gaye Climbing Ladder in Bathing Suit, 1950.

Lisa Gaye Climbing Ladder in Bathing Suit, 1950.

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#16 Lisa Gaye with her sister actress Debra Paget at the premiere of “The Robe” in Los Angeles, 1953.

Lisa Gaye with her sister actress Debra Paget at the premiere of "The Robe" in Los Angeles, 1953.

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#17 Lisa Gaye with her sister actress Debra Paget and brother Frank Griffen, 1953.

Lisa Gaye with her sister actress Debra Paget and brother Frank Griffen, 1953.

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#18 Lisa Gaye in a scene from the movie “Drums Across the River”, 1954

Lisa Gaye in a scene from the movie "Drums Across the River", 1954

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#19 Lisa Gaye in the movie Trapline, 1956.

Lisa Gaye in the movie Trapline, 1956.

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#20 Lisa Gaye with Scott Forbe, 1956.

Lisa Gaye with Scott Forbe, 1956.

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#21 Lisa Gaye posing with a fridge, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye posing with a fridge, 1950s.

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#22 Lisa Gaye on the bank of a Pond, 1960s.

Lisa Gaye on the bank of a Pond, 1960s.

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#23 Lisa Gaye sitting on the stool.

Lisa Gaye sitting on the stool.

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#24 Lisa Gaye in a party, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye in a party, 1950s.

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#25 Lisa Gaye, 1957.

Lisa Gaye, 1957.

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#26 Lisa Gaye posing during a photoshoot, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye posing during a photoshoot, 1950s.

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#27 Lisa Gaye showing her feet on the chair, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye showing her feet on the chair, 1950s.

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#28 Lisa Gaye posing on the stairs, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye posing on the stairs, 1950s.

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#29 Lisa Gaye sitting on a wood, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye sitting on a wood, 1950s.

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#31 Lisa Gaye in a dance pose, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye in a dance pose, 1950s.

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#33 Lisa Gaye posing in a dancing studio, 1950s.

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#34 Lisa Gaye posing posing in a bathing suit, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye posing posing in a bathing suit, 1950s.

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#35 Lisa Gay leaning by the window, 1960s.

Lisa Gay leaning by the window, 1960s.

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#36 Lisa Gaye posing in a dancing studio, 1950s.

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#37 Lisa Gaye showing her stockings, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye showing her stockings, 1950s.

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#39 Lisa Gaye doing her makeup, 1950s.

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#40 Lisa Gaye in her hometown, 1950s.

Lisa Gaye in her hometown, 1950s.

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#44 Lisa Gaye, 1954.

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#45 Lisa Gaye posing on the stool, 1950s.

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#47 Lisa gaye in a control room, 1950s.

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#48 Lisa Gaye on the bank of a Pond.

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