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Overview (4)

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died in Newbury Park, California, USA  (complications from appendectomy)
Birth NameRuth Carol Hussey
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Drama, Ruth Hussey's first show-business job was as a fashion commentator on a local radio station. She journeyed to New York City, where she was signed as a model by the world-famous Powers agency. She obtained some stage roles with touring companies and was noticed by MGM, which signed her and with whom she made her film debut in 1937. She quickly became a leading lady in MGM's "B" unit, usually playing sophisticated, worldly roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her turn as a cynical photographer in The Philadelphia Story (1940). She soon focused her main energies on the stage, however, and returned to the screen only occasionally.

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Spouse (1)

Charles Robert Longenecker (9 August 1942 - 10 December 2002) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (14)

Mother of John Longenecker
Step daughter of William O'Rourke
Her ancestor, Christopher Hussey, was one of the original purchasers of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Up until 2005, she was last surviving cast member of The Philadelphia Story (1940).
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 261-263. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Graduated from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1933.
Is interred with her husband at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.
Although an "off again on again" Democrat, she did vote for Republican Ronald Reagan during the 1980 and 1984 presidential election due in part that she was strongly dissatisfied with the presidency of the Democratic Jimmy Carter. She voted for him in 1976 and found out quickly that he "wasn't up to the job" as she'd believed.
She was a Republican who supported Barry Goldwater in 1964.
Appeared two times (both in minor roles) in Norma Shearer films: the uncredited role of the Duchess De Polignac in Marie Antoinette (1938), and as Miss Watts (Mr. Haines' secretary) in The Women (1939).
On August 2, 2019, she was honored with a day of her film work during the Turner Classic Movies Summer Under the Stars.
Starred in "Rich Man. Poor Girl" (1938) with Robert Young. Later appeared with Young in an episode of "Marcus Welby, M.D.".
She appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Women (1939) and The Philadelphia Story (1940).
She frequently co-starred with Robert Young - they appeared together in seven films and in one television episode - Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938), Honolulu (1939), Maisie (1939), Northwest Passage (1940), Married Bachelor (1941), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), Marcus Welby, M.D.: The Best Is Yet to Be (1971), and My Darling Daughters' Anniversary (1973).

Personal Quotes (1)

I stayed out of sight I guess. I probably didn't seek work but then producers didn't seek me out either.

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