Conhecido(a) por: Acting · Nascimento: 1914-01-16
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Hughes was born in Los Angeles, California. When she was a year old, her family moved back to her father's native Ohio to be closer to his mother; after she died, they moved back to California when Kay was nine years old. She originally hoped to be a dancer, but health issues requiring two operations during her early years prevented her from pursuing a dance career. In 1935 she auditioned for and received a part in Broadway Melody of 1936 which involved dancing. The film featured Jack Benny and Robert Taylor. Her first speaking role was in After the Dance (1936). While shooting on location in Sonora, California, she met her future husband who worked as a still photographer for MGM at the time.In 1936, Hughes was signed to a contract with Republic Pictures, where she received leading roles. Although she was only with the studio for six months, she starred in several B Westerns and two of the studio's famed serials. She starred in the first two installments of the popular series of films, The Three Mesquiteers—The Three Mesquiteers (1936) and Ghost-Town Gold (1936)—which launched an entire subgenre of Western movies. She was also the female lead in Republic's third serial, The Vigilantes Are Coming (1936) with Robert Livingston. That same year she appeared in two Gene Autry films as his leading lady, Ride Ranger Ride and The Big Show. She had been scheduled to appear in a third Autry film but was injured during a horse-riding sequence.In 1937, Hughes starred in the first serial of the Dick Tracy series with Ralph Byrd and Smiley Burnette. The series was re-edited into a feature film, which was released in the same year. At the time, her agent was also managing Deanna Durbin at Universal Studios, and he encouraged her to change studios. That year she broke her contract with Republic after only six months and began making films at Universal Studios as Catherine Hughes, which she though sounded more sophisticated. Unfortunately, Hughes ended up doing the same type of work, starring in another serial Radio Patrol (1937) and the film Trouble at Midnight (1938). After a break of two years, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures and appeared in the Western film Riders of the Badlands (1941). She was pregnant with her daughter during the 1940 filming. After taking off a few years, she made a brief comeback in 1945 appearing with Tex Ritter in Enemy of the Law under the name Ruby Martin. Her final screen appearance was in the Buster Crabbe Western Fighting Bill Carson (1945). That year she decided to retire from films and raise her family. Hughes was married three times. She married for the first time in the 1940s and the couple had two children. Her first child, a daughter, was born in 1941. They were divorced in 1947. Hughes married her second husband in 1947 and moved with him to St. Louis, Missouri and then later to Tulsa, Oklahoma. They remained married until his death in 1964. Hughes married her third husband in 1964 and they traveled together throughout the United States, eventually moving to Reno, Nevada. After he died, she moved to Desert Hot Springs, California to live near her sister Lois. After undergoing heart surgery in December 1997, Hughes died on April 4, 1998 in Palm Springs, California.
Filmes e Séries de TV
Fighting Bill Carson
Fuzzy and Billy discover a woman they rescued during a stagecoach holdup is actually a member of the holdup gang.
Enemy of the Law
Charley Gray is about to be released from the state penitentiary after serving a long term for the robbery of a government gold shipment. The gold was never recovered, so the Texas Ranger chief has Ra...
While in Hawaii, Velez begins the film as a risque nightclub act and due to her involvement with a group of sailors becomes a beauty queen.
Riders of the Badlands
Officially a Charles Starrett western, Riders of the Badlands divides its running time fairly evenly between Starrett and second-billed Russell Hayden. The plot concerns a Texas Ranger named Collins (...
Dick Tracy, o Detetive
Um mestre do crime chamado The Spider coloca o irmão do famoso detetive sob um feitiço hipnótico e o vira contra Dick.
A young radio cop and a beautiful girl try to stop an international criminal gang from getting their hands on the formula for a new bulletproof steel.
Trouble at Midnight
Noah Beery Jr. stars as Kirk Cameron in the modern-day western Trouble at Midnight. Freshly discharged from WWI, Cameron goes into the dairy-farming business, only to be hounded by his chief creditor,...
A Man Betrayed
A businessman during the Great Depression discovers that his partners are crooked con-men, and he tries to make things right for the stockholders, but gets framed.
The Vigilantes Are Coming
A masked hero called "The Eagle" leads California ranchers in a struggle against Russian Cossacks who are plotting to take over California and turn it into a Russian colony.
The Big Show
At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double. When cowboy star Tom Ford disappears, Wilson gets his double Gene Autry to impersonate him. But Fo...
Brides Are Like That
Fred, the wealthy owner of apple groves, has sent his nephew to college, but the only job that his nephew has after graduating is the job of not working. Bill is a dreamer, a talker and a golf player ...
Ride, Ranger, Ride
It is the story of Gene's, a Cavalry scout, who manages to quell an Indian uprising.
The Three Mesquiteers
When a group of World War 1 buddies head west to farmstead, they run into trouble.
The three Mesquiteers try to recover the gold stolen by a gang in its effort to ruin the banker/mayor who ordered them to leave town.
Every Saturday Night
First of the Jones family movies with kids who ignore father and get consolation from mother through a series of family episodes.
The Mandarin Mystery
Ellery Queen sets out to solve a mystery involving a valuable stamp.
Robin Hood of El Dorado
In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land and gold-crazy Americans. Farmer Joaquin Murrieta rev...