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Ruth Ford (1911–2009)

Her parents, Mr. & Mrs. C. N. Ford, managed the Tennessee Hotel in Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1943. At that time, she reported to the local newspaper in Clarksville that she had a daughter named Shelley, age 2. Also, Orson Welles is her godfather. Prior to her Hollywood experience, she was in Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre plays before he left for ... See full bio »

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Known For

Musical Comedy Time Lucille Early
Too Much Johnson Mrs. Billings
Wilson Margaret Wilson
Woman Who Came Back Ruth Gibson


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 1984 Too Scared to Scream
 1982 The Eyes of the Amaryllis
Geneva Read
 1977 Camera Three (TV Series)
Narrator / Verena Talbo
- The Grass Harp (1977) ... Narrator / Verena Talbo
 1972 Play It As It Lays
 1971 7254
 1969 The Tree
Mrs. Gagnon
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Harriet Saul
- Fires of the Mind (1965) ... Harriet Saul
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Calender
- Time for You and Time for Me (1964) ... Mrs. Calender
 1963 Act One
Beatrice Kaufman
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Mrs. Rydecker
- The Rydecker Case (1962) ... Mrs. Rydecker
 1954-1961 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Stella Lawrence / Gloria / Adele Brinton
- The Woman Across the Hall (1961) ... Stella Lawrence
- The Bride Cried (1955) ... Gloria
- The Grand Tour (1954) ... Adele Brinton
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Uncle Harry (1960) ... Lettie
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Julie McCormick
- The Summer Hero (1960) ... Julie McCormick
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
- The Dark Search (1955)
 1954 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
- Break the Mirror (1954)
 1949-1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Julia / Calpurnia
- King Coffin (1953)
- The Guinea Pigs (1951) ... Julia
- The Outward Room (1949)
- Julius Caesar (1949) ... Calpurnia
- The Outward Room (1949)
 1950-1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- House of Tears (1953)
- The Perfect Type (1950)
 1952 The Face of Spain (TV Movie)
The Duchess
 1950-1951 Suspense (TV Series)
- Poison (1950)
 1951 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Lucille Early
- No! No! Nanette! (1951) ... Lucille Early
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 Theatre of Romance (TV Series)
- Camille (1949)
 1946 Dragonwyck
Cornelia Van Borden (uncredited)
 1946 Strange Impersonation
Jane Karaski #1
 1946 Sorry, Wrong Number (TV Short)
 1945 Woman Who Came Back
Ruth Gibson
 1945 Circumstantial Evidence
Mrs. Simms
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Sister Clotilde
 1944 Wilson
Margaret Wilson
 1943 Princess O'Rourke
Clare Stillwell (uncredited)
 1943 Adventure in Iraq
Tess Torrence
 1943 Murder on the Waterfront
Lana Shane
 1943 Air Force
Nurse (uncredited)
 1943 Truck Busters
Peggy Dorgan
 1943 The Gorilla Man
Janet Devon
 1942 The Hidden Hand
Estelle Channing
 1942 Across the Pacific
Secretary (uncredited)
 1942 Divide and Conquer (Short)
Girl (uncredited)
 1942 Secret Enemies
Miss Page (uncredited)
 1942 Escape from Crime
 1942 Men of the Sky (Short)
Cadet Gladdens' Sweetheart
 1942 The Devil's Trail
 1942 In This Our Life
Mother of Accident Victim (uncredited)
 1942 Murder in the Big House
Irene Gordon
 1942 Lady Gangster
Lucy Fenton
 1942 The Lady Is Willing
Myrtle Glossamer
 1942 The Man Who Returned to Life
Beth Beebe
 1941 Secrets of the Lone Wolf
Helene de Leon
 1941 Roaring Frontiers
Reba Bailey
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Mrs. Billings
 1934 Chloe, Love Is Calling You
Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Self (3 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Poor Murderer. See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

Oh, Errol Flynn, I've never had the yen. Victor Mature? Don't know him well but believe Dorothy Parker, a good friend of mine, summed it up well when she said, "He acts as though his body has gone to his head!" My favorite actor of course is Orson Welles. He's wonderful, magnificent, a darling, and I adore him. I like Humphrey Bogart, too. He's just as nice as he can be and looks just the same ... See more »


Her daughter, Shelly, was born to her and her first husband. On February 9, 1953, her second husband filed papers to adopt her. Shelley was adopted later that year, and her name changed from Shelley Van Eyck to Shelley Scott. See more »

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