Biography

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Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005) was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story.

After working as an actress in summer stock, she returned to Providence and worked as a radio fashion commentator on a local station. She wrote the ad copy for a Providence clothing store and read it on the radio each afternoon. She was encouraged by a friend to try out for acting roles at the Providence Playhouse. The theater director there turned her down, saying the roles were cast only out of New York City. Later that week, she journeyed to New York City and on her first day there, she signed with a talent agent who booked her for a role in a play starting the next day back at the Providence Playhouse.

In New York City, she also worked for a time as a model. She then landed a number of stage roles with touring companies. Dead End toured the country in 1937 and the last theater on the road trip was at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, where she was spotted on opening night by MGM talent scout Billy Grady. MGM signed her to a players contract and she made her film debut in 1937. She quickly became a leading lady in MGM's "B" unit, usually playing sophisticated, worldly roles. For a 1940 "A" picture role, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her turn as Elizabeth Imbrie, the cynical magazine photographer and almost-girlfriend of James Stewart's character Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story. In 1941, exhibitors voted her the third-most popular new star in Hollywood.

Hussey also worked with Robert Taylor in Flight Command (1940), Robert Young in Northwest Passage (1940) and H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), Van Heflin in Tennessee Johnson (1942), Ray Milland in The Uninvited (1944), and Alan Ladd in The Great Gatsby (1949).

In 1946, she starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union. Her 1949 role in Goodbye, My Fancy on Broadway caused a Billboard reviewer to write: "Miss Hussey brings a splendid aliveness and warmth to the lovely congresswoman...."

She filled in for Jean Arthur in the 1955 Lux Radio Theater presentation of Shane, playing Miriam Start, alongside original film stars Alan Ladd and Van Heflin.

In 1960, she co-starred in The Facts of Life with Bob Hope. Hussey was also active in early television drama.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005) was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story.

After working as an actress in summer stock, she returned to Providence and worked as a radio fashion commentator on a local station. She wrote the ad copy for a Providence clothing store and read it on the radio each afternoon. She was encouraged by a friend to try out for acting roles at the Providence Playhouse. The theater director there turned her down, saying the roles were cast only out of New York City. Later that week, she journeyed to New York City and on her first day there, she signed with a talent agent who booked her for a role in a play starting the next day back at the Providence Playhouse.

In New York City, she also worked for a time as a model. She then landed a number of stage roles with touring companies. Dead End toured the country in 1937 and the last theater on the road trip was at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, where she was spotted on opening night by MGM talent scout Billy Grady. MGM signed her to a players contract and she made her film debut in 1937. She quickly became a leading lady in MGM's "B" unit, usually playing sophisticated, worldly roles. For a 1940 "A" picture role, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her turn as Elizabeth Imbrie, the cynical magazine photographer and almost-girlfriend of James Stewart's character Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story. In 1941, exhibitors voted her the third-most popular new star in Hollywood.

Hussey also worked with Robert Taylor in Flight Command (1940), Robert Young in Northwest Passage (1940) and H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), Van Heflin in Tennessee Johnson (1942), Ray Milland in The Uninvited (1944), and Alan Ladd in The Great Gatsby (1949).

In 1946, she starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union. Her 1949 role in Goodbye, My Fancy on Broadway caused a Billboard reviewer to write: "Miss Hussey brings a splendid aliveness and warmth to the lovely congresswoman...."

She filled in for Jean Arthur in the 1955 Lux Radio Theater presentation of Shane, playing Miriam Start, alongside original film stars Alan Ladd and Van Heflin.

In 1960, she co-starred in The Facts of Life with Bob Hope. Hussey was also active in early television drama.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1911-10-30

Day of Death 2005-04-19

Place of Birth Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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Also Known As

  • Ruth March

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1973 My Darling Daughters' Anniversary as Maggie Cartwright
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy as Voice Over
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode)
1960 The Facts of Life as Mary Gilbert
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1955 Playwrights '56 (1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (3 episodes)
1953 The Lady Wants Mink as Nora Connors
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 Stars and Stripes Forever as Jennie Sousa
1952 Woman of the North Country as Christine Powell
1951 That's My Boy as Ann Jackson
1951 Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration as Mary
1950 Mr. Music as Lorna Marvis
1950 Lux Video Theatre (6 episodes)
1950 Louisa as Meg Norton
1949 The Great Gatsby as Jordan Baker
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 I, Jane Doe as Eve Meredith Curtis
1945 Bedside Manner as Dr. Hedy Fredericks, MD
1944 Marine Raiders as Lt. Ellen Foster
1944 The Uninvited as Pamela Fitzgerald
1943 Tender Comrade as Barbara Thomas
1942 Tennessee Johnson as Eliza McCardle Johnson
1942 Pierre of the Plains as Daisy Denton
1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Cordelia 'Kay' Motford Pulham
1941 Married Bachelor as Norma Haven
1941 Our Wife as Professor Susan Drake
1941 Free and Easy as Martha Gray
1940 Flight Command as Lorna Gray
1940 The Philadelphia Story as Elizabeth 'Liz' Imbrie
1940 Susan and God as Charlotte
1940 Northwest Passage as Elizabeth Browne
1940 The Miracle of Sound as Herself
1939 Fast and Furious as Lily Cole
1939 Blackmail as Helen Ingram
1939 Maisie as Sybil Ames
1939 Within the Law as Mary Turner
1939 Honolulu as Eve
1939 The Women as Miss Wattson
1939 Another Thin Man as Dorothy Waters, Charles' Nanny
1938 Spring Madness as Kate McKim
1938 Time Out for Murder as Peggy Norton, victim
1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl as Joan Thayer
1938 Hold That Kiss as Nadine Piermont
1938 Judge Hardy's Children as Margaret 'Maggie' Lee
1937 Madame X as Annette
1937 Big City as Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)

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