Ruth Ford

Ruth Ford

Performer

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

Roles (18)

Harold and Maude Playbill - Feb 1980 Harold and Maude (1980)
Opened Feb 7, 1980
  • as Mrs. Chasen (Original)
Harold and Maude - Opening Night
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Poor Murderer Playbill - Oct 1976 Poor Murderer (1976)
Opened Oct 20, 1976
  • as Third Actress (Original)
Poor Murderer - Opening Night
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The Grass Harp Playbill - Nov 1971 The Grass Harp (1971)
Opened Nov 2, 1971
  • as Verena Talbo (Original)
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The Ninety Day Mistress Playbill - Nov 1967 The Ninety Day Mistress (1967)
Opened Nov 6, 1967
  • as Judith Hastings (Original)
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Dinner at Eight Playbill - Opening Night, Sept 1966 Dinner at Eight (1966)
Opened Sep 27, 1966
  • as Hattie Loomis (Original)
Dinner at Eight - Opening Night
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The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore Playbill - Jan 1964 The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1964)
Opened Jan 1, 1964
  • as Witch of Capri (Original)
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Production Placeholder Requiem for a Nun (1959)
Opened Jan 30, 1959
  • as Mrs. Gowan Stevens (Original)
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Production Placeholder Miss Julie (1956)
Opened Feb 21, 1956
  • as Kristin, the cook (Original)
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Production Placeholder The Stronger (1956)
Opened Feb 21, 1956
  • as Mrs. X, an Actress (Original)
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Production Placeholder Island of Goats (1955)
Opened Oct 4, 1955
  • as Pia (Original)
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