Mary Sinclair (November 15, 1922-November 5, 2000) was an American television, film and stage actress and a__a familiar face to television viewers in the 1950s_ as a performer in numerous plays produced and broadcast live during the early days of television. Sinclair was also a painter and had in her youth been a Conover model. Her husband, for a time, was Broadway producer and director, George Abbott. Sinclair was born Ella Delores Cook and raised in San Diego, California. As a young woman she began modeling in Los Angeles, and in 1944, she left Hollywood for Manhattan, where she modeled for the Conover agency and acted in summer stock. 'I was the arty type,' she recalled in a 1951 interview with The New York Times. 'I wanted to go to New York and be a real actress.
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