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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
 1982 Don't Go to Sleep (TV Movie)
 1982 Jimmy the Kid
 1980 My Bodyguard
 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)
- 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 (28 credits)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: A Doll's House. Drama (revival). Written by Henrik Ibsen. Book adapted by Thornton Wilder. Directed by Jed Harris. Morosco Theatre: 27 Dec 1937- May 1938 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Ruth Gordon (as "Nora Helmer"), Sam Jaffe (as "Nils Krogstad"), Harold Johnsrud, Dennis King, Paul Lukas (as "Dr. Rank") [... See more »

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[on having her legs broken to take the bow out of them] My legs were a liability, so I came to the hospital and had them broken to make them straight. Any woman who has bow-legs should be willing to suffer to have them right. See more »


Natalie Wood was so fond of her that she named her the godmother to her firstborn Natasha Gregson Wagner. See more »

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