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Ruth Hussey

​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.

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Oct 30, 1911 In Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Big City 1937-09-03
Latest Project:
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980-03-16
Known For
Poster of The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
Poster of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Poster of Climax!
Poster of Lux Video Theatre
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart Herself 1980-03-16
Movie My Darling Daughters' Anniversary Maggie Cartwright 1973-11-08
Movie The Resurrection of Broncho Billy Voice Over 1970-06-11
Series Vacation Playhouse Unknown 1963-07-22
Movie The Facts of Life Mary Gilbert 1960-11-14
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Playwrights '56 Unknown 1955-10-04
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Lady Wants Mink Nora Connors 1953-03-29
Movie Woman of the North Country Christine Powell 1952-01-01
Movie Stars and Stripes Forever Jennie Sousa 1952-01-01
Movie Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration Mary 1951-03-25
Movie That's My Boy Ann Jackson 1951-05-31
Movie Louisa Meg Norton 1950-05-31
Movie Mr. Music Lorna Marvis 1950-12-08
Series Lux Video Theatre Polly Baxter 1950-10-02
Movie The Great Gatsby Jordan Baker 1949-07-13
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie I, Jane Doe Eve Meredith Curtis 1948-05-25
Movie Her Favorite Patient Dr. Hedy Fredericks, MD 1945-06-22
Movie The Uninvited Pamela Fitzgerald 1944-02-18
Movie Marine Raiders Lt. Ellen Foster 1944-07-11
Movie Tender Comrade Barbara Thomas 1944-05-30
Movie Pierre of the Plains Daisy Denton 1942-07-29
Movie Tennessee Johnson Eliza McCardle Johnson 1942-12-01
Movie H.M. Pulham, Esq. Cordelia 'Kay' Motford Pulham 1941-12-04
Movie Free and Easy Martha Gray 1941-02-28
Movie Our Wife Professor Susan Drake 1941-08-20
Movie Married Bachelor Norma Haven 1941-10-16
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound Self 1940-01-01
Movie Northwest Passage Elizabeth Browne 1940-02-23
Movie The Philadelphia Story Elizabeth 'Liz' Imbrie 1940-12-05
Movie Susan and God Charlotte 1940-06-07
Movie Flight Command Lorna Gray 1940-12-27
Movie Within the Law Mary Turner 1939-03-17
Movie Honolulu Eve 1939-02-03
Movie Maisie Sybil Ames 1939-06-22
Movie Blackmail Helen Ingram 1939-09-08
Movie The Women Miss Wattson 1939-09-01
Movie Another Thin Man Dorothy Waters 1939-11-17
Movie Fast and Furious Lily Cole 1939-10-06
Movie Hold That Kiss Nadine Piermont 1938-05-13
Movie Judge Hardy's Children Margaret Lee 1938-03-26
Movie Rich Man, Poor Girl Joan Thayer 1938-08-12
Movie Marie Antoinette Duchess de Polignac (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Time Out for Murder Peggy Norton, victim 1938-09-25
Movie Spring Madness Kate McKim 1938-11-11
Movie Big City Mayor's Secretary (uncredited) 1937-09-03
Movie Madame X Annette 1937-10-01