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Ruth Terry (1920–2016)


Ruth Terry was born Ruth McMahon in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1920. She got her start in show business as a child when she would sing with the band in a dance hall where her father worked as a bouncer. She began entering amateur talent contests in the local area, and her beautiful singing voice resulted in her winning many of them. When she was ... See full bio »

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Known For

Pistol Packin' Mama
Pistol Packin' Mama Vicki Norris / Sally Benson
(1943)
Hands Across the Border
(1944)
Jamboree
Jamboree Ruth Cartwright
(1944)

Filmography

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 1964 The New Interns
Carolyn's Mother (uncredited)
 1962 Hand of Death
Woman with Packages
 1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Neighbor Woman
- The Greater Glory (1961) ... Neighbor Woman
 1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Paula Rhem
- Come with Thy Loot (1961) ... Paula Rhem
 1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Librarian
- The People's Friend (1960) ... Librarian
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Mrs. Blanton
- Mr. Paradise (1959) ... Mrs. Blanton
 1958 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Grace Harwick
- The New Neighbors (1958) ... Grace Harwick
 1958 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Ruth Sterling
- The Baby Contest (1958) ... Ruth Sterling
 1958 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Sally Anderson
- Man in the Moon (1958) ... Sally Anderson
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Ravinia Selby
- The Salted Gold Mine (1958) ... Ravinia Selby
 1945 Tell It to a Star
Carol Lambert
 1945 The Cheaters
Therese Pidgeon
 1945 Steppin' in Society
Lola Forrest
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade
Susan Cermak
 1944 My Buddy
Lola
 1944 Sing, Neighbor, Sing
Virginia Blake
 1944 Three Little Sisters
Hallie Scott
 1944 Goodnight, Sweetheart
Caryl Martin
 1944 Jamboree
Ruth Cartwright
 1944 Hands Across the Border
Kim Adams
 1943 Mystery Broadcast
Jan Cornell
 1943 Man from Music Mountain
Laramie Winters
 1942 Heart of the Golden West
Mary Lou Popen
 1942 Youth on Parade
Patty Flynn / Betty Reilly
 1942 The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
Bonnie Forbes
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Sugar Caston
 1941 Appointment for Love
Edith Meredith
 1941 Rookies on Parade
Lois Rogers
 1941 Blondie Goes Latin
Lovey Nelson, the Singer
 1940 An Angel from Texas
Valerie Blayne
 1939 Slightly Honorable
Ann Seymour
 1939 Hotel for Women
Craig's Receptionist
 1939 Wife, Husband and Friend
Carol (secretary)
 1938 Hold That Co-ed
Edie
 1938 International Settlement
Vera Dale
 1937 Love and Hisses
Hawaiian Specialty Singer
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(7/19/44) Radio: Appeared on "Orson Welles' Almanac".
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Personal Quote:

[on working with Roy Rogers in Heart of the Golden West (1942)] It was a lot of fun, because Roy was a lot of fun. He joked with us; he was so sweet. Gabby Hayes [George 'Gabby' Hayes], Smiley Burnette and the Sons of the Pioneers were all in it--all people Roy had worked with over and over; so he was comfortable. It was one of the films I made in Lone Pine. See more »

Trivia:

Walter Winchell, an admirer, suggested the name Ruth Terry, an amalgam of the names of the New York Yankees baseball players Babe Ruth and Bill Terry.

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