Sheila Bromley

Sheila Bromley (born Sheila LeGay, October 31, 1911 July 23, 2003), (The reference work Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003 gave her birth date as October 31, 1907).[2] sometimes billed as Sheila LeGay, Sheila Manners, Sheila Mannors or Sheila Manors, was an American television and film actress. She is best known for her roles in B-movies, mostly Westerns of the era.

Sheila Bromley
Born(1911-10-31)October 31, 1911
DiedJuly 23, 2003(2003-07-23) (aged 91)
Other namesSheila LeGay
Sheila Manners
Years active1930–1975
Spouse(s)Arthur Applebaum[1]
Jairus Bellamy (1945-2003) (her death)

Early years

Bromely was born in San Francisco, California. She attended Hollywood High School, and her first acting experience came at the Pasadena Playhouse.[3]


Bromley began her career in the 1930s on contract with Monogram Pictures, she was first billed as Sheila LeGay starring in 1930 westerns alongside Tom Tyler. She frequently co-starred with Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, Johnny Mack Brown, Bill Cody, and Dick Foran. She first starred alongside Bill Cody in the 1932 western Land of Wanted Men. She starred opposite John Wayne in the 1935 films Westward Ho & Lawless Range and the 1937 film Idol of the Crowds. In 1944 Bromley appeared in the touring production of Good Night Ladies. In 1960 she appeared as a central character Mrs. Spencer alongside Paul Brinegars character Wishbone in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Deserter". She appeared in one episode of I Love Lucy as Helen Erickson Kaiser, the childhood friend of Lucy Ricardo. She also made five guest appearances on Perry Mason during the series' nine-year run on CBS. In her first appearance in 1959 she played co-defendant Agnes Nulty in The Case of the Borrowed Brunette. In 1962 she played murderer Elizabeth Dow in The Case of the Mystified Miner.

During World War II she worked often for the USO,[3] continuing that service until the war ended in 1945. There she met her husband Jairus Bellamy. She is credited with seventy-five films in her career, of which seventeen were westerns, for which she is best known. Bromley retired from films and lived in the Greater Los Angeles Area until her death in 2003.


On July 23, 2003, Bromley died in Los Angeles, California. The reference work Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003 gave her age as 95.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Vincent Sherman (February 5, 2015). Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director. University Press of Kentucky. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-8131-5739-9.
  2. Lentz, Harris M. III (2004). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 48–49. ISBN 9780786452088. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  3. Vallance, Tom. "Sheila Bromley". The Independent. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
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