Gwen Welles

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Gwen Welles (March 4, 1951 - October 13, 1993) was an American actress of stage and screen. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as Gwen Goldberg, the daughter of Rebecca Weis Welles , also an actress.

Gwen Welles may be best-remembered for her portrayal of talentless singer "Sueleen Gay", in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award, for Best Supporting Actress. Welles also appeared in several films directed by Henry Jaglom, including New Year's Day (1989) and Eating (1990).

Personal life

Welles according to some sources was born in 1951. Welles appeared nude in Playboy magazine in 1975. She suffered bouts of drug addiction which she overcame. Welles was married to actor Harris Yulin. Gwen Welles' father was Barton Goldberg, and her sister was Elizabeth (Betsy) Goldberg Welles. Gwen graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1965.


She died in 1993 from anal cancer, aged 46. Her younger sister, Elizabeth (Betsy Goldberg Welles), died from colon cancer 10 years later. Donna Deitch directed a documentary about Welles' illness in 1992, which appeared at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

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