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Ann Rutherford obituary

12 June 2012 9:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood actor best known for the Hardy family films and her role as Careen, Scarlett O'Hara's sister, in Gone With the Wind

Ann Rutherford, who has died aged 94, was adept at portraying pluck and persistence. As Polly Benedict, Andy Hardy's ever-faithful girlfriend, in 13 of the 15 Hardy family film series made between 1937 and 1946, she had to wait around for Mickey Rooney's accident-prone adolescent to return to her after some dalliance with another girl. Andy would seek advice on romance from his stern but wise and fair father, Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone). "Dad, can I talk to you man to man? Can a guy be in love with two girls at once?" Inevitably, Andy would realise, with hints from his dad, that Polly was his own true love. 

The Hardy series, one of the most popular in screen history, was the archetypal idealisation of small-town America and apple-pie family values, with »

- Ronald Bergan

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Ann Rutherford – Gone With The Wind Star Dead at 91

12 June 2012 8:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

She was Scarlett O.Hara.s younger sister Careen in Gone With The Wind in 1939 so now only Olivia DeHavilland is left from that film.s major cast. The Canadian-born Ann Rutherford would gain immense popularity for her portrayal of “Polly Benedict” in the popular “Andy Hardy” film series in the 1940.s. She acted opposite John Wayne (The Oregon Trail . 1936), Gene Autry (Meldoy Trail . 1935), Boris Karloff (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty . 1947), and was in all three of Red Skelton.s .Whistler. films. Ann Rutherford, who was approached to play the older Rose in the 1996 megahit Titanic but turned it down, died Monday night of heart disease at her Beverly Hills home. (According to the IMDb she was 91, but some sources are listing her age as 94).

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Los Angeles . Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O »

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