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Barbara Ruick (1930–1974)

A bundle of bright sunshine and unabashed energy, lovely musical actress Barbara Ruick delighted audiences for over two decades. The brown-eyed singer/actress who admittedly came up short in the dancing department nevertheless toyed with top musical stardom in mid-1950s films and almost nabbed it. A vivacious beauty whose sparkling, fresh-faced ... See full bio »


(age 43) in Reno, Nevada, USA

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Carousel Carrie Pipperidge
Cinderella Esmerelda
California Split
California Split Reno Barmaid
The Johnny Carson Show


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 1974 California Split
Reno Barmaid
 1965 Cinderella (TV Special)
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Strictly Solo (1960) ... Eleanor
 1960 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series)
- The Model Murder (1960) ... Connie
 1955-1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Guest / Guest Vocalist
- Freddie in Las Vegas (1960) ... Guest
- Episode #4.24 (1955) ... Guest Vocalist
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Crystal Sands
- The Crystal Sands Story (1957) ... Crystal Sands
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Julie Morrison
- Crack-Up (1956) ... Julie Morrison
 1956 The Star of Bethlehem (TV Short)
Narrator - Cathedral Films Adaptation
 1955 The Johnny Carson Show (TV Series)
 1955 The Lineup (TV Series)
Peggy Kirby
- The Mike Fielding Case (1955) ... Peggy Kirby
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Judith Kale
- The Mojave Kid (1955) ... Judith Kale
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Phyllis Holt
- Destiny (1954) ... Phyllis Holt
 1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Peggy Richards
- Dr. Juliet (1954) ... Peggy Richards
 1954 The Dennis Day Show (TV Series)
- Party Pooper (1954) ... Peggy
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Intermission Guest
- Return to Alsace (1953) ... Intermission Guest
 1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
Lorna Ellingboe
 1953 The Band Wagon
Passenger on Train (uncredited)
 1953 I Love Melvin
Studio Guide
 1953 Confidentially Connie
 1952 Above and Beyond
Mary Malone
 1952 Apache War Smoke
Nancy Dekker
 1952 Fearless Fagan
Second Nurse
 1952 You for Me
Ann Elcott
 1952 Scaramouche
Amoureause (uncredited)
 1952 Invitation
 1951 The Ezio Pinza Show (TV Series)
Peggy (1953-1954)
 1921 The Star of Bethlehem
Narrator (reissue version)
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Sang the title role of Kay, in the first LP recording of George Gershwin's "Oh, Kay!", the most complete recording of the score up to that time. It was one of a series of 1950s' recordings of hit musicals that had not appeared as long-playing albums up to then. They were produced by Columbia Records executive (later president) ... See more »

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To most actors who have any serious thoughts about a long life in acting, a movie contract can be the kiss of death.


Barbara was a former roommate of Carousel (1956) co-star Shirley Jones in New York when they both were starting out. When Jones married singer/actor Jack Cassidy, Barbara sang "When I Marry Mr. Snow" at the wedding. See more »

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