Elizabeth MacRae

Elizabeth MacRae was born on February 22, 1936, in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, and passed away on February 22, 2008. She was the daughter of James and Dorothy (Hendon) MacRae, and the granddaughter of James and Dorothy (Hendon) MacRae. From the 1960s to the 1980s, Elizabeth Herndon MacRae worked as an actor in various television episodes and films. She is most remembered for her role as Lou-Ann Poovie in the Gomer Pyle, USMC series.

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From 1956 to 1958, she was a student at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City. In 1958, she studied at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1965, she was a student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 1989 to 1991, she was a student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She had a breakthrough at Gracie Square Hospital in New York City from 1990 to 1991.


Elizabeth Herndon MacRae's catalogue of work has spanned from the 1960s to the 1980s. She is best known for her role as Lou-Ann Poovie on the television series Gomer Pyle, USMC. Along with her excellent work on Gomer Pyle, MacRae had a recurring role on the popular television series Gunsmoke as April, the girlfriend of Festus.

In addition to her role as Lou-Ann Poovie on Gomer Pyle, MacRae had a recurring role as April, Festus's lover, on the western television series Gunsmoke. Among her other television roles were Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and Phyllis Curtis on Days of Our Lives. Additionally, she participated in several television shows produced by Warner Bros. in the 1960s, including an episode of Maverick titled "Benefit of Doubt," which starred Robert Colbert in the role of Brent Maverick. 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and Surfside 6 were among the other shows in which she appeared. She was frequently confused with "Ellen McRae," an actress who looked strikingly similar to her and who appeared in Warner Bros. series such as Cheyenne during the same time. According to the official canon, Ellen McRae later became Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn, who is often mistakenly cited as having appeared in Maverick due to the confusion, but who never actually did.

She acted in several films, including Francis Coppola's Oscar-nominated drama The Conversation and other films with Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett, such as For Love or Money, which starred Kirk Douglas and Mitzi Gaynor, and was directed by Gig Young. Her papers, which include many scripts from the different shows on which she appeared, are housed in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Personal Life

Elizabeth Herndon MacRae was married to fellow actor Nedrick Young, his second wife. They were married for only a year before his death. He was best known for films such as The Defiant Ones (1958) and Gun Crazy (1950). He won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for The Defiant Ones under the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, as he had been banned from using his own name after invoking his Fifth Amendment rights while appearing before the 1953 House Committee. After her marriage to Nedrick, Elizabeth went on to marry Charles Halsey.


The Volunteer Help Line in New York City, established in 1982, has been recognized by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Actors Equity, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (North Carolina chapter).


  • Film appearancesLove in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)
  • Everything's Ducky (1961)
  • The Wild Westerners (1962)
  • Wild Is My Love (1963)
  • For Love or Money (1963)
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) (voice)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Alien Zone (1978)
  • Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

Other appearances

  • Caillou's Holiday Movie (2003) (V) (performer: "Snowflakes," "It's Christmas Morning")
  • CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows (2006) (TV) ... Herself

Quick Facts
Height: N/A
Marital Status: Married
Profession: American actress
Salary: N/A
Date of Birth: February 22, 1936 (age 82 years)
T.V. Show(s): Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Birth Place: Fayetteville, NC
Spouse: Charles Halsey (m. 1969), Nedrick Young (m. 1965–1968)
Shoe Size: N/A
Net Worth 2020: 5 million
Net Worth 2021: 7 million
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Last Modified: Mar 13 2023
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