Ruth Gordon (I) (1896–1985)


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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 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Rosemary's Baby Minnie Castevet
(1968)
Harold and Maude Maude Chardin
(1971)
Inside Daisy Clover The Dealer - Mrs. Clover
(1965)

Filmography

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 1987 The Trouble with Spies
Mrs. Arkwright
 1985 Maxie
Mrs. Lavin
 1984 Delta Pi
Mugsy
 1984 The Secret World of the Very Young (TV Movie)
Mary
 1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens
Sheriff
 1983-1984 Newhart (TV Series)
Blanche Devane
- Go, Grandma, Go (1984) ... Blanche Devane
- Grandma, What a Big Mouth You Have (1983) ... Blanche Devane
 1982 Don't Go to Sleep (TV Movie)
Bernice
 1982 Jimmy the Kid
Bernice
 1980 My Bodyguard
Gramma
 1980 Hardhat and Legs (TV Movie)
Grandmother (uncredited)
 1979 That's Life (rumored)
 1979 Scavenger Hunt
Arvilla Droll
 1979 Boardwalk
Becky Rosen
 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 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (TV Movie)
Minnie Castevet
 1976 The Great Houdini (TV Movie)
Cecilia Weiss
 1976 The Big Bus
Old Lady
 1976 Emergency! (TV Series)
Lenore
- 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
 1971 Harold and Maude
Maude Chardin
 1970 Where's Poppa?
Mrs. Hocheiser
 1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
Mrs. Dimmock
 1968 Rosemary's Baby
Minnie Castevet
 1966 Blithe Spirit (TV Movie)
Madame Arcati
 1966 Lord Love a Duck
Mrs. Barnard
 1965 Inside Daisy Clover
The Dealer - Mrs. Clover
 1954 The Matchmaker (TV Special)
Mrs. Levi
 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
 1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Mrs. Ehrlich
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Mary Todd Lincoln
 1915 Camille
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1915 Madame Butterfly
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1915 The Whirl of Life
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (29 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Hotel Universe. Drama. Written by Philip Barry. Directed by Philip Moeller. Martin Beck Theatre: 14 Apr 1930- Jun 1930 (closing date unknown/81 performances). Cast: Katherine Alexander, Glenn Anders, Morris Carnovsky, Ruth Gordon, Earle Larimore, Phyllis Povah, Gustave Rolland, Ruthelma Stevens, Franchot Tone (as "Tom Ames"). ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' (1.52 m)

Spouse:

Garson Kanin  (her death) | See more »

Parents:

Clinton Jones | Annie Tapley
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If you believe, then you hang on. If you believe, it means you've got imagination, you don't need stuff thrown out on a blueprint, and don't face facts-what can stop you? If I don't make it today, I'll come in tomorrow. See more »

Trivia:

Great Aunt of Brian Laporte whose full name is Brian Ruth Laporte in honor of his Great Aunt. See more »

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