RUTH GORDON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Ruth Gordon was born on October 30th, 1896 in Quincy, Massachusetts with the birth name Ruth Gordon Jones. She was born to parents Annie Ziegler and Clinton Jones and was an only child. As a little girl she would write to famous actresses and ask for autographed pictures. It was then she received a response from actress, Hazel Dawn that Gordon first set her career goals on acting.
After graduating from Quincy High School her father enrolled her in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to help her learn the craft of acting. She received some experience working as an extra in some silent films as well as making her Broadway debut in 1915 in a production of, "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up".
As her career progressed she continued to work as a stage actress appearing for the next twenty years on stage, in such productions as, "Seventeen" (1918), "The First Year", "Tarkington's Clarence", "Tweedles", "Saturday's Children" (1927-1928), "Serena Blandish" (1929) "The Country Wife" (1936) and "A Doll's House".
She was actually signed to a film contract with MGM in the early 1930's but did not actually make a film with them until the early 40's. After her first silent film experiences years earlier, Gordon returned to the film industry and was seen in such films as, "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1940), "Two Faced-Woman" (1941) and "A Double Life" (1947).
After working in films in Hollywood she chose to return back to her love of stage acting and in 1956 earned a Tony Award for her performance in the stage play, "The Matchmaker", and she also became involved in writing plays. Gordon also later in life became involved in writing books. She was nominated three times for an Academy Award for her writing.
Gordon decided in the 1960's to take a chance at the film industry again and it was at this time that she really earned a name for herself as a film actress appearing on the big screen in such features as, "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) for which she won an Oscar, "Harold and Maude" (1971) and "Every Which Way But Lose" (1978) starring Clint Eastwood.
She also began making television appearances on such series as, "Taxi" (1978) for which she won an Emmy for her role. She also had a guest appearance on, "Rhoda" (1975), "Newhart" (1983-1984) along with roles on such films as, "Maxie" and "Delta Pi" (both 1985).
Ruth was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1983 which is for woman who have work in the industry and have helped to expand the types of roles that female actresses undertake.
Gordon married twice throughout her lifetime. Her first husband was Gregory Kelly from 1918 through his death on July 9th, 1927. She then married Garson Kanin in 1942 and they were together until she passed away on August 28th, 1985 in Edgartown, Massachusetts after suffering from a stroke. She never had any children with either of her husbands, however she did have one son born out of wedlock from an relationship with, Jed Harris.
1987 The Trouble with Spies
1985 Delta Pi
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens
1982 Don't Go to Sleep
1982 Jimmy the Kid
1980 Any Which Way You Can
1980 My Bodyguard
1980 Hardhat and Legs
1979 Scavenger Hunt
1978 Every Which Way But Loose
1978 Perfect Gentlemen
1977 The Love Boat
1977 The Prince of Central Park
1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby
1976 The Great Houdini
1976 The Big Bus
1975 Medical Story
1973 Isn't It Shocking?
1971 Harold and Maude
1970 Going Ape
1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
1968 Rosemary's Baby
1966 Blithe Spirit
1966 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1966 Lord Love a Duck
1965 Inside Daisy Clover
1950 The Prudential Family Playhouse
1943 Action in the North Atlantic
1943 Edge of Darkness
1941 Two-Faced Woman
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
1915 Madame Butterfly
1915 The Whirl of Life