The senior class play "The Little Minister" in 1947 at Eleanor McMain High School in New Orleans. My mother, Mary Elizabeth Gant (Russell) played the widow (seated), the minister was played by Jerry Campbell. The "gypsy", was played by one Betty Pfieffer. Betty's daughter would go on to a bit more acclaim in front of audiences. Betty is the mother of Ellen DeGeneres. | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos