Filled Under: Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames, born Phillips Ames, March 30, 1919 in New York City, New York, was a leading 1940s American B movie actress, model, dancer, comediene, and pin-up girl. As a teenager, Ames attended the Walter Hillhouse School of Dance, specializing in Latin-style dance. She later became part of a dance team under the name “Ramsay Del Rico”, and appeared as a model at the Eastman Kodak-sponsored fashion show at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. During a trip to California to visit her mother, Ramsay had a chance meeting at the airport with Columbia President Harry Cohn. The meeting resulted in a screen test and then her 1943 movie debut “Two Señoritas from Chicago” (1943). From there Ramsay Ames moved to Universal where she went on to star in “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944), where she played the Princess Ananka opposite Lon Chaney Jr. as the mummy. After her career started to subside in the late 1940s, Ames and her husband lived in Spain, where she had her own television interview show and occasionally took on support roles in films produced in Europe. In all, Ames starred in and had lesser roles in 26 movies during her career. Ramsay Ames died of lung cancer on her birthday, March 30, 1998, in Santa Monica, California. She was 79 years old.