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Ruth Gordon

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Ruth Gordon

American actress and writer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1896.

Countries: United States (50%), United Kingdom (13%), Massachusetts (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Garson Kanin, Massachusetts, Anton Chekhov

Linked to: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Quincy High School, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

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Ruth Gordon was born in 1896 add something


1914

Although her father was skeptical of her chances of success in a difficult profession, he took his daughter to New York in 1914, where he enrolled her in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts add something


1918

In 1918, Gordon played Lola Pratt in the Broadway adaptation of Booth Tarkington's "Seventeen" opposite actor Gregory Kelly, who later acted with her in North American tours of Frank Craven's "The First Year" and Tarkington's "Clarence" and "Tweedles" add something


1921

Kelly became her first husband in 1921, but died of heart disease in 1927, at the age of 36 add something


1927

Gordon in 1927 and 1928, had been enjoying a comeback, appearing on Broadway as Bobby in Maxwell Anderson's "Saturday's Children", performing in a serious role after having been typecast for years as a "beautiful, but dumb" character add something


1929

In 1929, Gordon was starring in the title role of "Serena Blandish" when she became pregnant by the show's producer, Jed Harris add something

 

Jed Harris - His romances included one with the American fashion designer Pauline Fairfax Potter, and he had a son, Jones, with renowned actress and playwright Ruth Gordon born in 1929


1930

Gordon continued to act on the stage throughout the 1930s, including notable runs as Mattie in "Ethan Frome", Margery Pinchwife in William Wycherley's Restoration comedy "The Country Wife" at London's Old Vic and on Broadway, and Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" at Central City, Colorado, and on Broadway add something

 

Gordon was signed to an MGM film contract for a brief period in the early 1930s but did not make a movie for the company until she acted opposite Greta Garbo in "Two-Faced Woman" in 1941 add something


1939

George Cukor - During this era, Cukor forged an alliance with screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, who had met in Cukor's home in 1939 and married three years later.


1940

Gordon's Broadway acting appearances in the 1940s included Iris in Paul Vincent Carroll's "The Strings, My Lord, Are False" and Natasha in Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintic's revival of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters", as well as leading roles in her own plays, "Over Twenty-One" and "The Leading Lady" add something


1942

Gordon married second husband, writer Garson Kanin, who was 16 years her junior, in 1942 add something

 

Edmund Gwenn - In theatre, he starred in a 1942 production on Broadway of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters", which starred Judith Anderson and Ruth Gordon

 

Garson Kanin - Kanin was married to his frequent collaborator, Academy-award winning actress Ruth Gordon, from 1942 to her death in 1985

 

Garson Kanin - Kanin's best-remembered screenplays, however, were written in collaboration with his wife, actress Ruth Gordon, whom he married in 1942

 

Katharine Cornell - Cornell was featured for the second time on the cover of "Time" magazine on December 21, 1942, with Judith Anderson and Ruth Gordon


1949

Adam's Rib - "'Adam's Rib"' is a 1949 American film written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor


 

Gordon continued her on-stage acting career in the 1950s, and was nominated for a 1956 Tony, for Tony award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, for her portrayal of Dolly Levi in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker", a role she played in London, Edinburgh and Berlin add something


1953

In 1953's "The Actress," Gordon's film adaptation of her own autobiographical play, "Years Ago", became a Hollywood production, with Jean Simmons portraying the girl from Quincy, Massachusetts, who convinced her sea captain father to let her go to New York to become an actress add something


1955

Robert Morse - He created the role of Barnaby in "The Matchmaker" on Broadway in 1955 opposite Ruth Gordon and reprised the role in the 1958 film adaptation of "The Matchmaker", this time opposite Shirley Booth


1965

Madge Kennedy - She returned to Broadway in her later years, performing in August 1965 with Ruth Gordon, in "A Very Rich Woman"


 

In 1966, Gordon was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe award as Best Supporting Actress for "Inside Daisy Clover" opposite Natalie Wood add something


 

Three years later, in 1969, she won an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress for "Rosemary's Baby", a film adaptation of Ira Levin's bestselling horror novel about a satanic cult residing in an Upper West Side apartment building in Manhattan add something


1970

George Segal - Segal starred with Ruth Gordon in Carl Reiner's 1970 dark comedy "Where's Poppa-" He played a burglar in the 1972 comedy "The Hot Rock" with Robert Redford, a comically unfaithful husband in "A Touch of Class" and a midlife crisis victim in "Blume in Love"


1971

Gordon won another Golden Globe for "Rosemary's Baby", and was nominated again, in 1971, for her role as Maude in the cult classic "Harold and Maude" add something


1976

Rosemary's Baby (film) - In the 1976 television film "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby", Patty Duke starred as Rosemary Woodhouse and Ruth Gordon reprised her role of Minnie Castevet


1977

She made countless talk show appearances, in addition to hosting" Saturday Night Live" in 1977 add something


 

Gordon won an Emmy award for a guest appearance on the sitcom "Taxi", for a 1978 episode called "Sugar Mama," in which her character tries to solicit the services of a taxi driver, played by series star Judd Hirsch, as a male escort add something

 

Clint Eastwood - In 1978 Eastwood starred in Every Which Way but Loose alongside Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon and John Quade.


1985

Gordon died from a stroke in Edgartown, Massachusetts in 1985 add something


Ruth Gordon died in 1985 add something

 

On August 28, 1985, Ruth Gordon died at her summer home in Edgartown, Massachusetts, following a stroke add something