Knowledge Identifier: +Ruth_Gordon
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1896.
Countries: United States (50%), United Kingdom (13%), Massachusetts (13%)
Linked to: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Quincy High School, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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"
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
In 1929, Gordon was starring in the title role of "Serena Blandish" when she became pregnant by the show's producer, Jed Harris
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
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
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"
Gordon married second husband, writer Garson Kanin, who was 16 years her junior, in 1942
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
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
She made countless talk show appearances, in addition to hosting" Saturday Night Live" in 1977
Gordon died from a stroke in Edgartown, Massachusetts in 1985