Mary Wells

Mary Wells Lawrence was born Mary Georgene Berg in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1928. At 17, she moved to New York for a year to study acting with the Neighborhood Playhouse School, then switched to Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh for two years. She married fellow student Burt Wells on Dec. 28, 1949, and moved to Youngstown, where Ms. Wells landed a job as a copywriter at McKelvey’s department store.