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Ruth Gordon (I) (1896–1985)


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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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 1987 The Trouble with Spies
Mrs. Arkwright
 1985 Maxie
Mrs. Lavin
 1984 Delta Pi
Mugsy
 1982 Don't Go to Sleep (TV Movie)
Bernice
 1982 Jimmy the Kid
Bernice
 1980 My Bodyguard
Gramma
 1980 Hardhat and Legs (TV Movie)
Grandmother (uncredited)
 1979 Taxi (TV Series)
Dee Wilcox
- Sugar Mama (1979) ... Dee Wilcox
 1978 Perfect Gentlemen (TV Movie)
Mrs. Cavagnaro
 1977 Columbo (TV Series)
Abigail Mitchell
- Try and Catch Me (1977) ... Abigail Mitchell
 1977 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mrs. Warner
 1977 The Prince of Central Park (TV Movie)
Mrs. Miller
 1976 The Great Houdini (TV Movie)
Cecilia Weiss
 1976 The Big Bus
Old Lady
 1976 Emergency! (TV Series)
Lenore
- The Nuisance (1976) ... Lenore
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Emily Dobson
- The Right to Die (1975) ... Emily Dobson
 1975 Rhoda (TV Series)
Carlton's Mother
- Kiss Your Epaulets Goodbye (1975) ... Carlton's Mother
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Miss Eudora Temple
- I Want to Report a Dream (1975) ... Miss Eudora Temple
 1973 Isn't It Shocking? (TV Movie)
Marge Savage
 1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
Mrs. Dimmock aka Aunt Alice
 1966 Blithe Spirit (TV Movie)
Madame Arcati
 1966 Lord Love a Duck
Stella Bernard
 1965 Inside Daisy Clover
The Dealer - Mrs. Clover
 1950 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Paula Wharton
- Over 21 (1950) ... Paula Wharton
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic
Mrs. Sarah Jarvis
 1943 Edge of Darkness
Anna Stensgard
 1941 Two-Faced Woman
Miss Ellis
 1915 Camille
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1915 Madame Butterfly
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1915 The Whirl of Life
Extra (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (27 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Matchmaker. Comedy. Written by Thornton Wilder. Based on "Einen Jux Will Sich Machen" by Johann Nestroy. Nestroy's play based on "A Day Well Spent" by John Oxenford. Scenic Design and Costume Design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. Production Supervised by David Merrick. Directed by Tyrone Guthrie. Royale Theatre (moved to The Booth ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | See more »

Height:

5' (1.52 m)
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Personal Quote:

The great have no friends. They merely know a lot of people. See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

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Scorpio

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