Shirley Grey

Shirley Grey (born Agnes Zetterstrand;[1] April 11, 1902 August 12, 1981) was an American actress. She appeared in 46 films between 1930 and 1935.

Shirley Grey
Agnes Zetterstrand

(1902-04-11)April 11, 1902
DiedAugust 12, 1981(1981-08-12) (aged 79)
Other namesAgnes Zetterstrand
Years active1930–1935
Spouse(s)Foster Williams (1921 - 1925, divorce)
Arthur Margetson (1936 - ?)

Born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Grey was the daughter of E. A Zetterstrand, a minister,[2] who died when she was eight years old. Thereafter, her mother raised Grey and her six siblings.[3] She graduated from Waterbury High School, where she was active in the Dramatic Club.[2]

Grey began her acting career with the Poli Players.[4] She went on to act with companies in New Orleans, Louisiana; Jacksonville, Florida; San Francisco, California, and Nova Scotia.[2] She had her own acting troupe, the Shirley Grey Players, in the late 1920s.[5] In 1931, she starred in the comedy-drama Chicago at the Fulton Theater in Oakland, California. It was the third play of Grey's "limited season".[6]

Grey's work in stock theater led to her career in films. A talent scout who worked for film producer Samuel Goldwyn saw Grey performing in a stock production in Oakland and arranged for her to take a screen test, which led to her signing a contract with Goldwyn.[7]

On August 28, 1921, Grey married actor Foster Williams,[8] known professionally as Frank McCarthy.[9] She filed for divorce from him on September 30, 1925.[8] In 1936, Grey married English actor Arthur Margetson.[1]

In her later years, Grey was a semi-recluse, living with her sisters before moving to a Jacksonville Beach, Florida, convalescent home where she died.[10]

Partial filmography


  1. Maxford, Howard (2018). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. p. 537. ISBN 9781476629148. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. "Shirley Grey, Leading Lady Here, Began Dramatic Work While Yet in High School". The Courier-News. New Jersey, Bridgewater. October 17, 1928. p. 2. Retrieved March 6, 2019 via
  3. Coons, Robbin (October 5, 1931). "Long Shots and Close-Ups". Star-Gazette. New York, Elmira. p. 17. Retrieved March 6, 2019 via
  4. Cotter, Robert Michael “Bobb” (2014). The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. McFarland. p. 93. ISBN 9781476602011. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  5. "Reade's Plainfield". The Courier-News. New Jersey, Bridgewater. October 29, 1928. p. 13. Retrieved March 6, 2019 via
  6. "Fulton Bills Shirley Grey in 'Chicago'". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. March 11, 1931. p. 21. Retrieved March 6, 2019 via
  7. "Shirley Grey Making Good In Pictures". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. Universal Service. August 23, 1931. p. 31. Retrieved March 6, 2019 via
  8. "Wife Sues Stock Actor for Divorce". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. October 1, 1925. p. 5. Retrieved March 6, 2019 via
  9. "Shirley Grey". Films of the Golden Age (94): 38, 45. Fall 2018.
  10. Begg, Paul (2014). Mary Celeste: The Greatest Mystery of the Sea. Routledge. ISBN 9781317865308. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
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