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Morehouse, Missouri, USA
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Josie Imogene Rogers
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Kasey Rogers (born Josie Imogene Rogers; December 15, 1925 – July 6, 2006) was an American actress, memoirist and writer, best known for playing the second Louise Tate in the popular U.S. television sitcom Bewitched.
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Kasey Rogers (1925–2006)
Actress | Director | Soundtrack
Date of Birth 15 December 1925, Morehouse, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 6 July 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA (stroke)
Birth Name Josie Imogene Rogers
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Kasey Rogers was born Josie Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, Missouri, to Ina Mae (Mocabee) and Eben Elijah Rogers. She moved with her family to California at age two and a half. She got the nickname "Casey" when her neighborhood playmates discovered how well she handled a baseball bat ("I could hit a baseball farther than anybody in grammar school except Robert Lewis - he and I were always the opposing captains of the sixth grade baseball teams!"); she later changed the "C" in "Casey" to a "K". Paramount changed her name to Laura Elliott during her late 1940s-early '50s stint there, but she went back to Kasey Rogers soon after leaving that studio. Twice-married and the mother of four (and a grandmother), Rogers turned her talents to writing and development, including the proposed new TV series Son of a Witch.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver
Walter Winslow (Bud) Lewis III (1955 - 1974) (divorced) (3 children)
James Farrell Donnellan (29 September 1945 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Has successfully written several crafts and interior design books based on the Bewitched (1964) television series and holiday occasions.
Early in her career, she was part of Paramount "Golden Circle," a group of starlets.
Her last 15 years were spent with partner Mark Wood.
Pioneering women's motocross promoter.
Was seen by a talent scout, auditioned at Paramount, made a screen test and was cast in a leading role (Special Agent (1949)) in a movie the next week,.
Studied piano, accordion, acting, and elocution from the time she was 7 or 8 years old.
Had red hair. Originally wore a black bouffant wig on the Bewitched (1964) series in order to resemble the "first" Louise Tate, actress Irene Vernon. Once Kasey was firmly established in the role, she eventually stopped wearing the wig.
Established the PowderPuffs Unlimited Riders and Racers association and spearheaded its first race. A year later she persuaded the promoter of the superbowl of Motocross, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, to allow women to compete. She stopped racing altogether in 1977.
Twice divorced, she had four children: James Donnellan, Mona Lewis, Monika Winslow and Michael Lewis. She was also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
After battling throat cancer for many years, Kasey went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke, dying from complications of the stroke.
Due to her popular work on Peyton Place (1964) as Barbara Parkins's long-suffering mother, she was cast as Louise Tate without an audition. Following the demise of the hit sitcom in 1972, she made a few appearances here and there but for the most part retired.
Wrote "The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen" (1996) with her close companion and writing partner Mark Wood.
Played a brief but memorable role as Farley Granger's caustic estranged wife who is strangled by Robert Walker in Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train (1951).
In 1966 she replaced actress Irene Vernon as Louise Tate, the wife of Darrin's boss Larry Tate on Bewitched (1964). It seems Ms. Vernon was a close associate and friend of one of the show's writers, Danny Arnold who was fired. Irene was subsequently asked to leave by the producers. When Irene left, it was on the pretense that her husband was ill.
Played leads in high school plays.
Spotted by a talent agent and signed with Paramount in 1949.
Her son Mike took up motorcycle riding in the early 1970s and Kasey followed suit. She began to race competitively and wrote a column on women's racing for Modern Cycle magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and feature stories on racing events.
Her birth year is often listed as 1926.
She was remembered by many for her role as the second "Louise Tate" on Bewitched (1964).
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Study, study, study. And don't leave home for Hollywood until you are a top notch actor. The competition is incredible.
Biography by Bruce Eder
Kasey Rogers is best known for her four seasons portraying Louise Tate, the wife of advertising-agency boss Larry Tate (David White), on Bewitched. Between 1949 and 1964, however, she also appeared in nearly two dozen movies under the name Laura Elliot, ranging from leading roles to uncredited support parts, by filmmakers from Alfred Hitchcock down. Additionally, she was in over 200 episodes of the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place between 1964 and 1968. She was born Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, MO, in 1926, and began studying acting, elocution, and music at age seven. For a time, however, Rogers' most visible attribute was her prowess with a baseball bat, which earned her the nickname "Casey." It stuck, with a little change in the spelling, and she continued using it as an adult. Shortly after World War II, Rogers was spotted by a talent scout and got a screen test at Paramount Pictures. She was signed up, given the name Laura Elliot (sometimes spelled Laura Elliott), and put into her first movie a week later. Her early appearances included such major films as Chicago Deadline, Samson and Delilah, and The File on Thelma Jordan; she also got a leading role, on loan-out, in the fantasy adventure film Two Lost Worlds (1950), in which she played the female lead opposite James Arness. Rogers later recalled that film (which mixed a pirate story and dinosaurs) as being every bit as confusing to make as it is to watch, with one of the characters' names even changing midway through.
As it happened, 1951 was Rogers' big year in movies; she got her biggest role in the most enduringly popular film of her career, playing Farley Granger's estranged wife in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. Her character, wearing glasses with lenses as thick as the base of shot glasses (so thick that, 50 years later, she recalled not even being able to see through them), is murdered by the cold-blooded psychopath portrayed by Robert Walker. She also appeared in George Stevens' A Place in the Sun, Rudolph Maté's classic sci-fi drama When Worlds Collide, the Bob Hope vehicle My Favorite Spy, and the Western Silver City. From there, however, Rogers receded to lesser movies such as The French Line and About Mrs. Leslie (both 1954). Starting in 1955, she was making regular appearances on television, alternating between the names Laura Elliot (or Elliott) and Kasey Rogers, across a range of programming that included Westerns such as Lawman, Bat Masterson, Trackdown, and Wanted: Dead or Alive, the dramatic anthology series Alcoa Presents, Goodyear Theater, and Stage 7, and the crime dramas Perry Mason and Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
Rogers' first regular television role was on the night-time drama Peyton Place (1964-1968) as Julie Anderson, the mother of Barbara Parkins' Betty Anderson, the soap opera's resident bad girl. Rogers left the series in 1968 and was immediately offered the role of Louise Tate on Bewitched, which had previously been played by Irene Vernon. She was forced to cover her dark auburn hair with a black wig for the first few seasons so that she resembled her predecessor, and it was only at the end of the run that her own hair was revealed. Regardless of her coloring, however, she made a charming, funny, gorgeous, and unique TV "trophy wife" amid a decade of pretty, wholesome TV moms. Rogers has remained active intermittently as an actress and has pursued a writing career as well, including screenplays and a cookbook built around Bewitched as a thematic link. She appears at nostalgia conventions under both of her screen names, using Laura Elliot (the name under which she did most of her oaters) at Western shows and Kasey Rogers at television-oriented events.
Kasey Rogers (December 15, 1925 - July 6, 2006) was an American actress, best known for playing the second Louise Tate on the popular U.S. television sitcom Bewitched. Rogers was born Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, Missouri. She moved with her family to California at the age of two. As a child, her prowess at the game of baseball lead her friends to nickname her Casey (after the famous poem "Casey at the Bat"). Later, Rogers changed the "C" to a "K." Rogers began work under the names Laura Elliott and Laura Elliot for Paramount Pictures. She appeared in movies such as Special Agent, Samson and Delilah, Paid in Full, Two Lost Worlds, and, in perhaps her best-known film role, Alfred Hitchcock`s Strangers on a Train, playing Miriam, the scheming, adulterous wife of Guy Haines (Farley Granger). In the mid-1950s, Rogers began working in television. She guest starred on various series such as Stage 7, The Lone Ranger, Panic, Maverick, Perry Mason and many others. In 1964, she landed a starring spot on Peyton Place as Julie Anderson. She left the role in 1966 to replace Irene Vernon in the role of "Louise Tate" on the popular sitcom Bewitched. In 1972, she made her final appearance in the role. Rogers then retired from acting, appearing in only a few guest television spots, and making appearances on the Bewitched edition of E! True Hollywood Story. Twice-married and the mother of four (and a grandmother), Rogers had in recent years turned her talents to writing and development, including the proposed new TV series, Son of a Witch.
In the 1970s, she became involved with motorcycles. After her son decided to buy one, she decided to buy one herself. This led to Rogers becoming involved in the world of motocross racing. She helped established PURR ("PowderPuffs Unlimited Riders and Racers"), an association that brought women into the male-dominated sport, in 1974. PURR would later evolve into what is now the Women`s Pro-Class division. After battling throat cancer for many years, Rogers went into cardiac arrest. She then suffered a stroke, and died in Los Angeles, California on July 6, 2006. Rogers had been one of the last surviving adult cast members from Bewitched. Child actors Diane and Erin Murphy (Tabitha) and David and Gregory Lawrence (Adam) survive as well.
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Deceased||Kasey Rogers passed away on 6th Jul 2006 aged 80.|||