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Ruth Orkin (I) (1921–1985)

Ruth Orkin was born on September 3, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She was a director and actress, known for Little Fugitive (1953), Lovers and Lollipops (1956) and The Dog Lover (1962). She was married to Morris Engel. She died on January 16, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 1962 The Dog Lover (Short) (cameo)
 1953 Little Fugitive
Woman on Beach (uncredited)
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 1953 Little Fugitive (written by)
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 1953 Little Fugitive (edited by)
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 2008 Morris Engel: The Independent (Video documentary short) (still photographer)
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 1956 Lovers and Lollipops (producer)
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 2010 Lunch Money (Short) (special thanks)
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 1996 Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life (Documentary short)

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For the last 17 years of her life she was struggling against cancer, while still carrying on her career. Although many operations and treatments she underwent curtailed her ability to accept assignments, she continued to photograph, taking pictures of her two children at home and of Central Park as seen from their 15th-floor apartment. She died in her apartment on Central Park West at the age of ... See more »

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