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Birth information

30 October 1896 Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

28 August 1985 Edgartown, Massachusetts, USA

Given Name

Ruth Gordon Jones

How tall is Ruth Gordon?

1.52 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Garson Kanin
Gregory Kelly

Life Story of Ruth Gordon

When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage, even appearing at the Old Vic in London in the successful run of "The Country Wife" in 1936. Nearly 25 years after her film debut, she returned to movies briefly. Her most memorable role during this period in the early 1940s was as Mary Todd in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940).

She left Hollywood to return to theater. Back in New York, she married Garson Kanin in 1942 (her first husband Gregory Kelly, a stage actor, died in 1927). She began writing plays, and, later, her husband and she collaborated on screenplays for Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, whose screen relationship was modeled on their own marriage. She returned to film acting during the 1960s. It is during this last period of her career that she became a movie star, with memorable roles in Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Harold and Maude (1971). She wrote several books during the mid-1970s...

Publications and Magazines about Ruth Gordon

Ruth Gordon My Side: The Autobiography of Ruth Gordon. 1976
Ruth Gordon Myself Among Others. 1971
Ruth Gordon An Open Book. 1980

Biographical movies about Ruth Gordon

The Actress 1953

What movies did Ruth Gordon play or participate?

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The Trouble with Spies (1987) Mrs. Arkwright, Maxie (1985) Mrs. Lavin, Delta Pi (1984) Mugsy, The Secret World of the Very Young (1984) Mary, Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) Sheriff, Newhart (1984) Blanche Devane, Don't Go to Sleep (1982) Bernice, Jimmy the Kid (1982) Bernice, Any Which Way You Can (1980) Ma, My Bodyguard (1980) Gramma, Hardhat and Legs (1980) Grandmother, That's Life (1979) , Scavenger Hunt (1979) Arvilla Droll, Boardwalk (1979) Becky Rosen, Taxi (1979) Dee Wilcox, Every Which Way but Loose (1978) Ma, Perfect Gentlemen (1978) Mrs....

Birth information

30 October 1896 Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

28 August 1985 Edgartown, Massachusetts, USA

Given Name

Ruth Gordon Jones

How tall is Ruth Gordon?

1.52 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Garson Kanin
Gregory Kelly

Life Story of Ruth Gordon

When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage, even appearing at the Old Vic in London in the successful run of "The Country Wife" in 1936. Nearly 25 years after her film debut, she returned to movies briefly. Her most memorable role during this period in the early 1940s was as Mary Todd in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940).

She left Hollywood to return to theater. Back in New York, she married Garson Kanin in 1942 (her first husband Gregory Kelly, a stage actor, died in 1927). She began writing plays, and, later, her husband and she collaborated on screenplays for Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, whose screen relationship was modeled on their own marriage. She returned to film acting during the 1960s. It is during this last period of her career that she became a movie star, with memorable roles in Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Harold and Maude (1971). She wrote several books during the mid-1970s...

Publications and Magazines about Ruth Gordon

Ruth Gordon My Side: The Autobiography of Ruth Gordon. 1976
Ruth Gordon Myself Among Others. 1971
Ruth Gordon An Open Book. 1980

Biographical movies about Ruth Gordon

The Actress 1953

What movies did Ruth Gordon play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Trouble with Spies (1987) Mrs. Arkwright, Maxie (1985) Mrs. Lavin, Delta Pi (1984) Mugsy, The Secret World of the Very Young (1984) Mary, Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) Sheriff, Newhart (1984) Blanche Devane, Don't Go to Sleep (1982) Bernice, Jimmy the Kid (1982) Bernice, Any Which Way You Can (1980) Ma, My Bodyguard (1980) Gramma, Hardhat and Legs (1980) Grandmother, That's Life (1979) , Scavenger Hunt (1979) Arvilla Droll, Boardwalk (1979) Becky Rosen, Taxi (1979) Dee Wilcox, Every Which Way but Loose (1978) Ma, Perfect Gentlemen (1978) Mrs....

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Ruth Gordon, Paul Le Mat, Walter Olkewicz, and Dee Wallace in Jimmy the Kid (1982)

Twice married, she gave birth to her only child at age 32, to a son, Jones Harris on October 16, 1929. The child's father was Jed Harris, to whom she was not married. Her only grandchild was Jack Gwynne Emmet Harris (b. March 17, 1972).

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Janet Leigh, Ruth Gordon, and Michael Ayr in Boardwalk (1979)

Her obsession with acting was partly inspired by a performance she attended of "The Pink Lady" at a Boston theater. It starred Hazel Dawn as a seductive Parisian vamp.

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Ruth Gordon and Lee Strasberg in Boardwalk (1979)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for portraying Dolly Levi in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker."

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Ruth Gordon in Maxie (1985)

A character based on Gordon was portrayed by Jean Simmons in the movie The Actress (1953).

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Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, and Ruth Gordon in Maxie (1985)

There is a 2009 biography of the lives and careers of the Kanin family (Garson Kanin, Ruth [Gordon], Michael Kanin and Fay Kanin): "A Family Affair - The Kanins in Hollywood and on Broadway," written by Josh Kanin (her nephew by marriage) and Wayne Lindholm.

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Ruth Gordon in Die Schulhofratten von Chicago (1980)

Was excited about returning to films after 22 years with a role in "The Loved One" in 1965 and looked forward to having a movie career despite her advanced age. When her role was cut from the final release print, it was a major disappointment, but she persevered and won an Oscar three years later for "Rosemary's Baby.".

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Ruth Gordon in Die Schulhofratten von Chicago (1980)

Was the 65th actress to receive an Academy Award: she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Rosemary's Baby (1968) at The 41st Annual Academy Awards (1969) on April 14, 1969.

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Ruth Gordon in Die Schulhofratten von Chicago (1980)

She married twice in her lifetime, and strangely enough with men who had the same initial letters on their name: GK. Garson Kanin and Gregory Kelly.

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Ruth Gordon, Chris Makepeace, and Martin Mull in Die Schulhofratten von Chicago (1980)

Is the only actress to have won both the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (for Rosemary's Baby (1968)) and the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy (for Taxi (1978)).

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Sally Kellerman, Ruth Gordon, Rene Auberjonois, Bob Dishy, Karalee Fenske, Harry Frazier, etc.

Never appeared in a film nominated for the the Best Picture Oscar.

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Ruth Gordon, Rene Auberjonois, Bob Dishy, Karalee Fenske, Mickey Fox, Harry Frazier, etc.

Had one grandson; Jack Gwynne Emmet Harris (b. March 17, 1972).

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Roddy McDowall, Tuesday Weld, and Ruth Gordon in Mollymauk, der Wunderknabe (1966)

Had an illegitimate son named Jones, born October 16, 1929. The father was Austrian-born film and stage producer Jed Harris. This led to the breakup of Harris' first marriage, which produced no children.

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George Segal and Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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George Segal and Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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George Segal, Ruth Gordon, and Trish Van Devere in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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George Segal and Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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George Segal and Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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George Segal and Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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George Segal and Ruth Gordon in Wo is' Papa? (1970)

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort, and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Ruth Gordon in Boardwalk (1979)

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Roddy McDowall, Tuesday Weld, Ruth Gordon, Donald Murphy, Max Showalter, etc.

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Roddy McDowall, Tuesday Weld, Ruth Gordon, and Martin West in Mollymauk, etc.

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Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, and Charles Tyner in Harold und Maude (1971)

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Hal Ashby, Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, and Charles Tyner in Harold und Maude (1971)

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