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Ruth Gordon Overview:

Legendary character actress, Ruth Gordon, was born Ruth Gordon Jones on Oct 30, 1896 in Quincy, MA. Gordon died at the age of 88 on Aug 28, 1985 in Edgartown, MA and was cremated and her ashes given to family or friend.

MINI BIO:

Ruth Gordon was an American actress and writer who played a couple of leading roles in silent films, mothers in the 1940s, and aged eccentrics in recent times. She turned the early part of her life into a play; it was filmed, as "The Actress" in 1953. She was married to writer/director Garson Kanin (2nd of two husbands) from 1942 until her death in 1985. With Kanin, she wrote the screenplays for Adam's Rib and Pat and Mike, both of which starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Ruth Gordon was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Rosemary's Baby (as Minnie Castevet) in 1968.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best Supporting ActressInside Daisy Clover (1965)The DealerNominated
1968Best Supporting ActressRosemary's Baby (1968)Minnie CastevetWon
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BlogHub Articles:

SCREENPLAY BY: Garson Kanin and

By Carol Martinheira on May 12, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

SCREENPLAY BY: Garson Kanin and On May 12, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Today is Katharine Hepburn’s birthday, and because I’ve talked about her ad nauseam here on The Garden, I thought I’d focus on something else this year: Hollywood pow... Read full article


and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen's dream team

By Margaret Perry on Feb 6, 2014 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen's dream team Labels: Adam's Rib (1949), Garson Kanin, Pat and Mike (1952), , Spencer Tracy When Garson Kanin published Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to... Read full article


and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen's dream team

By Margaret Perry on Feb 6, 2014 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen's dream team Labels: Adam's Rib (1949), Garson Kanin, Pat and Mike (1952), , Spencer Tracy When Garson Kanin published Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to... Read full article


and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen’s dream team

By MargaretPerry on Feb 6, 2014 From Margaret Perry

When Garson Kanin published?Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to talk to him for years. But after time went by and many of her friends started passing away, including Kanin’s wife and writing partner , Miss Hepburn came to val... Read full article


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Ruth Gordon Quotes:

Minnie Castevet: Oh, are you *preg*nant?


Minnie Castevet: [through the wall] ... and please don't tell me what Laura-Louise said, 'cause I'm *not* interested!


Minnie Castevet: [whispers] Easy! Easy! You've got her too high!


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Ruth Gordon Facts
Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for portraying Dolly Levi in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker."

Was a close friend of actor Bud Cort.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 330-332. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

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