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Ray Raymond

( b. Jan 29, 1887 San Francisco, California, USA - d. Apr 19, 1927 ) Male
Relations: Father of Mimi Kelly
Husband of Dorothy MacKaye (1921? - April 16, 1927) his death

In 1921, Ray Raymond met Dorothy Mackaye while performing in Blue Eyes. Raymond dumped his wife, they married, and acted in vaudeville and on Broadway. In the late 1920's, they headed to LA with their 4-year-old daughter, Valerie to cash in on the Talkies.

The Raymonds were part of a fast-moving, heavy-drinking crowd that included actor Paul Kelly. Soon, Kelly and Mackaye developed a habit of sneaking off together until dawn. Raymond warned Kelly to stay away from his wife. But Kelly showered Mackaye with love notes and finally declared his love for Mackaye to Raymond.

On April 16, 1927, a drunk Kelly confronted a drunk Raymond in front of the Raymonds' maid and daughter. According to the maid, Raymond was no match for Kelly who bashed Raymond's head against a wall until he fell unconscious. Mackaye arrived home to tuck her groggy husband into bed. The next morning, Mackaye called a friend, Dr. Walter Sullivan, who sat at Raymond's bed while she visited Kelly. Raymond lingered for two days then succumbed to a brain hemorrhage.

Mackaye tried to convince police that Raymond had died of natural causes. But the maid told the truth. Kelly was charged with first-degree murder, Mackaye with felony coverup.

The trial was a national spectacle. Mackaye denied the affair, but the actor's houseboy confirmed their trysts and the police found a stack of Kelly's love letters found tucked in her mattress. Kelly admitted his love and tried to portray the fight as a duel, not a murder. But the jury handed down a manslaughter conviction. Kelly got one to 10 years, Mackaye one to three for the coverup. She served less than 10 months, Kelly just over two years.

In 1931, they got married and were back on Broadway. Then they returned to California, where they raised Valerie Raymond as Mimi Kelly, who would later have her own modest Broadway career.

ProductionsDate of Productions
When You Smile
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ray Raymond [Wally King]
Oct 05, 1925 - Nov 14, 1925
Letty Pepper
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ray Raymond [Joseph Colby]
Apr 10, 1922 - May 06, 1922
Blue Eyes
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ray Raymond [Bobby Brett]
Feb 21, 1921 - Apr 10, 1921
The Velvet Lady
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ray Raymond [George Howell]
Feb 03, 1919 - Jun 1919
Fancy Free
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Ray Raymond [Philip Pike]
Apr 11, 1918 - Jul 20, 1918
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