Ruth Ford

Ruth Ford, whose considerable career as an actress was perhaps outshined in cultural circles by her role as a hostess to the famous and talented, died on Aug. 12, 2009. She was 98. Following her poet brother to New York from her native Mississippi in the 1930s, Ms. Ford quickly established herself first as a model, then an actress, notably taking part in The Shoemaker's Holiday and Danton's Death, two of the few productions in Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre's short but legendary career, and the original New York productions of Sartre's No Exit and Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba. She also acted in the Mercury's short film “Too Much Johnson.”

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  • Born: Jul 7, 1915 in Brookhaven, Mississippi
  • Death: Aug 11, 2009 in New York, New York