Paula Ramona Wright was born in 1924, in San Francisco, California. Her first acting role was playing Bettina Bowman in Keep Smiling (1938), credited as Paula Rae Wright. In 1950, she was put under contract by MGM, where she played opposite such leading men as Cary Grant and Dick Powell. Earlier in her career, Raymond acted in film noir thrillers such as City That Never Sleeps (with Gig Young and Marie Windsor), but later in her career she developed a horror film reputation.
In 1952, she played the heroine in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. In the late 1950s and 1960s, Raymond appeared in many television shows and low-budget horror movies including Perry Mason (five episodes), Maverick, Hawaiian Eye (five episodes), M Squad (three episodes), 77 Sunset Strip (four episodes), and Blood of Dracula's Castle with Alexander D'Arcy and John Carradine. She turned down the role of prostitute/saloon keeper Kitty Russell in the long-running western classic series Gunsmoke, and the role went instead to Amanda Blake. In 1954, she starred as Queen Berengaria in the film King Richard and the Crusaders.
Signed 8x10 publicity photo circa 1950s. Signed in blue felt tip pen: 'to Frankie / With my sincere best / wishes, Always, / Paula Raymond'