After being discovered at the University of Washington by famed director Howard Hawks, Ella Raines made her film debut in Corvette K-225 in 1943. Some of her other notable films include Phantom Lady, Hail the Conquering Hero, Tall in the Saddle, Enter Arsene Lupin and The Suspect (all 1944), The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947), The Walking Hills, Impact, and A Dangerous Profession (all 1949) and her final film The Man in the Road (1957). She starred in her own television series Janet Dean, Registered Nurse which ran for 39 episodes in 1954. Ella Raines married the famous American fighter pilot Robin Olds in 1947.
Ella made a single tv appearance after her retirement, on the detective series Matt Houston in 1984. She died from throat cancer in Sherman Oaks, California in 1988.