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Actress Lorna Gray Dead At 99

| by Sheena Vasani

Actress Lorna Gray died in California on April 30, three months before she would have turned 100 years old.

Gray, born Virginia Pound on July 26, 1917, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was initially a Miss. Michigan beauty pageant winner and singer before she made her big-screen debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After signing with Columbia and changing her name, Gray acted alongside the likes of John Wayne, Buster Keaton, Boris Karloff and The Three Stooges throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

Gray left Columbia for Republic in 1945, changing her name to Adrian Booth. As Booth, she was awarded the Golden Boot Award in 1998, notes her obituary on Legacy.com.

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In 1949, she married fellow actor David Brian, who died in 1993.

Gray retired from acting in the early 1950s when she began the next chapter of her life, working with Jane Russell's World Adoption International Fund and as an ordained minister.

Strangers and friends mourned her loss.

"Was very sad today to learn of Adrian's passing," wrote one man on Legacy.com's guest page in honor of Gray. "I met her several times over the years in North Hollywood, and one memorable day was what would have been stooge Larry Fine's 100th birthday. She couldn't have been a more sweeter and classier lady. Another icon from Hollywood's Golden Age…"

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"Ninety-years," said another. "Threw pies with The Three Stooges. If that's not a good, long life -- well-spent! -- then what is? Condolences to your loved ones. May you Rest in Peace."

"Adrian and David Brian were two of my family's dearest friends," said a third commenter sharing personal memories. "Adrian was one of the dearest and loveliest people anyone would ever want to meet. I will treasure all my memories of her warm, welcoming smile and her gracious hospitality. Godspeed, Adrian!"

"When someone has been a part of such a great number of lives for so many years, it is hard to see them go," wrote another person. "My condolences go out to the family. Draw courage and comfort from knowing that God has promised that 'death will be brought to nothing' (1 Cor 15:26)."

Gray is just one of many celebrities who has passed away so far in 2017, reports The Sun.

Only a week before Gray died, "Happy Days" actress Erin Moran died in Indiana after being found unresponsive at her home.

"Erin was a person who made everyone around her feel better," said co-star Anson Williams. “She truly cared about others first, a true angel. I will miss her so much… she is in God’s hands."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Legacy.com (2), The Sun / Photo credit: Jaime Antonio Alvarez Ararango/Flickr

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