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About René Ray
René Ray, Countess of Midleton (22 September 1911 – 28 August 1993) was a British film and stage actress of the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in over forty films.
She turned to writing for much of her later career; her work includes the 1957 novel The Strange World of Planet X and its television adaptation.
She was married to George St John Brodrick, 2nd Earl of Midleton (1888 - 1979), thus allowing her to style herself as the Countess of Midleton, but they had no children.
René Ray's Timeline
September 22, 1911
April 24, 1975
August 28, 1993
<The Times, September 3, 1993>
<THE COUNTESS OF MIDLETON>
<The Countess of Midleton, formerly the actress René Ray, died in
IN HER earlier days René Ray's was a familiar name both in the theatre
Over a period of more than 20 years she went on to appear in a number
Small in stature but with huge, expressive eyes she tended to be cast
Later films such as 'The Rat' with Anton Walbrook and 'The Green
The war undoubtedly affected her career and, though in 1947 she played
Fortunately, René Ray had other talents on which to fall back. She
Born Irene Creese, she was elder of two daughters of A.H. Creese, the
There she developed into an accomplished amateur artist, specialising
She is survived by her younger sister and six nieces and nephews.