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Ruth Hussey

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005) was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story. After working as an actress in summer stock, she returned to Providence and worked as a radio fashion commentator on a local station. She wrote the ad copy for a Providence clothing store and read it on the radio each afternoon. She was encouraged by a friend to try out for acting roles at the Providence Playhouse. The theater director there turned her down, saying the roles were cast only out of New York City. Later that week, she journeyed to New York City and on her first day there, she signed with a talent agent who booked her for a role in a play starting the next day back at the Providence Playhouse. In New York City, she also worked for a time as a model. She then landed a number of stage roles with touring companies. Dead End toured the country in 1937 and the last theater on the road trip was at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, where she was spotted on opening night by MGM talent scout Billy Grady. MGM signed her to a players contract and she made her film debut in 1937. She quickly became a leading lady in MGM's "B" unit, usually playing sophisticated, worldly roles. For a 1940 "A" picture role, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her turn as Elizabeth Imbrie, the cynical magazine photographer and almost-girlfriend of James Stewart's character Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story. In 1941, exhibitors voted her the third-most popular new star in Hollywood. Hussey also worked with Robert Taylor in Flight Command (1940), Robert Young in Northwest Passage (1940) and H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), Van Heflin in Tennessee Johnson (1942), Ray Milland in The Uninvited (1944), and Alan Ladd in The Great Gatsby (1949). In 1946, she starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union. Her 1949 role in Goodbye, My Fancy on Broadway caused a Billboard reviewer to write: "Miss Hussey brings a splendid aliveness and warmth to the lovely congresswoman...." She filled in for Jean Arthur in the 1955 Lux Radio Theater presentation of Shane, playing Miriam Start, alongside original film stars Alan Ladd and Van Heflin. In 1960, she co-starred in The Facts of Life with Bob Hope. Hussey was also active in early television drama.


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Born:
Oct 30, 1911 In Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
43
First Appeared:
In the movie Big City 1937-09-03
Latest Project:
Movie My Darling Daughters' Anniversary 1973-11-08

Ruth Hussey Movies Filmography

Poster of The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
Poster of The Lady Wants Mink
Poster of Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration
Filmography
Movie
My Darling Daughters' Anniversary
Maggie Cartwright 1973-11-08
Movie
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
Voice Over 1970-06-11
Movie
The Facts of Life
Mary Gilbert 1960-11-14
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Unknown 1955-10-02
Series
Climax!
Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie
The Lady Wants Mink
Nora Connors 1953-03-29
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Woman of the North Country
Christine Powell 1952-01-01
Movie
That's My Boy
Ann Jackson 1951-05-31
Movie
Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration
Mary 1951-03-25
Movie
Louisa
Meg Norton 1950-05-31
Movie
Mr. Music
Lorna Marvis 1950-12-08
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
The Great Gatsby
Jordan Baker 1949-07-13
Movie
I, Jane Doe
Eve Meredith Curtis 1948-05-25
Movie
Marine Raiders
Lt. Ellen Foster 1944-07-11
Movie
The Uninvited
Pamela Fitzgerald 1944-02-18
Movie
Tender Comrade
Barbara Thomas 1943-12-29
Movie
Tennessee Johnson
Eliza McCardle Johnson 1942-12-01
Movie
Pierre of the Plains
Daisy Denton 1942-07-29
Movie
Free and Easy
Martha Gray 1941-02-28
Movie
Married Bachelor
Norma Haven 1941-10-16
Movie
Our Wife
Professor Susan Drake 1941-08-20
Movie
H.M. Pulham, Esq.
Cordelia 'Kay' Motford Pulham 1941-12-18
Movie
Flight Command
Lorna Gray 1940-12-27
Movie
The Philadelphia Story
Elizabeth 'Liz' Imbrie 1940-12-05
Movie
Susan and God
Charlotte 1940-06-07
Movie
Northwest Passage
Elizabeth Browne 1940-02-23
Movie
The Miracle of Sound
Herself 1940-01-01
Movie
Honolulu
Eve 1939-02-03
Movie
Within the Law
Mary Turner 1939-03-17
Movie
Maisie
Sybil Ames 1939-06-22
Movie
The Women
Miss Wattson 1939-09-01
Movie
Blackmail
Helen Ingram 1939-09-08
Movie
Fast and Furious!
Lily Cole 1939-10-06
Movie
Another Thin Man
Dorothy Waters 1939-11-17
Movie
Spring Madness
Kate McKim 1938-11-11
Movie
Time Out for Murder
Peggy Norton, victim 1938-09-25
Movie
Marie Antoinette
Duchess de Polignac (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie
Rich Man, Poor Girl
Joan Thayer 1938-08-12
Movie
Hold That Kiss
Nadine Piermont 1938-05-13
Movie
Madame X
Annette 1937-10-01
Movie
Big City
Mayor's Secretary (uncredited) 1937-09-03

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