Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009

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Birth 1911-07-07
Death 2009-08-12

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Actress.

From the description of Papers of Ruth Ford [manuscript], 1947-1965. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647845310

From the description of Papers of Ruth Ford, 1947-1965. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32136577

Actress Ruth Ford was born on July 7, 1911 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Charles and Gertrude Cato Ford. Her parents owned and managed hotels in several southern towns; as a result Ford and her brother, the poet, novelist and surreilist artist, Charles Henri Ford, spent much of their childhood moving from hotel to hotel. Ford married Goetz (Peter) Van Eyck in the 1940s but the marriage soon ended in divorce. In 1950, she married actor Zachary Scott and they remained together until his death in 1965. After joining her brother in New York City in the 1930s, Ford modeled for well-known professional photographers Carl Van Vechten, Man Ray and Cecil Beatono, whose photos appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Mademoiselle and Harper's. In 1938, she performed in "The Shoemaker's Holiday," a production of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre Group. Subsequently moving to Hollywood, she made approximately to dozen B-movies, includeing The Gorilla Man and Lady Gangster. She was later to remark that she "made so many terrible movies in Hollywood." Returning to New York City, Ford experienced greater success in the theater. An acquaintance of William Faulkner's since their days in Mississippi, in 1959 she starred in the well-reviewed titled role of Temple Drake in Faulkner's play, Requiem of a Nun. She went on to work in the Broadway theater and in television productions. She died in New York City on August 12, 2009 at the age of 98.

From the description of Papers, 1936-1986. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 767644648

Ruth Ford was born on July 7, 1911 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Charles and Gertrude Cato Ford. Her parents owned and managed hotels in several southern towns; as a result Ford and her brother, the poet, novelist and surrealist artist, Charles Henri Ford, spent much of their childhood moving from hotel to hotel. Ford married Goetz (Peter) Van Eyck in the 1940s but the marriage soon ended in divorce. In 1950, she married actor Zachary Scott and they remained together until his death in 1965.

After joining her brother in New York City in the 1930s, Ford modeled for well-known professional photographers Carl Van Vechten, Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, whose photos appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Mademoiselle and Harper's . In 1938, she performed in "The Shoemaker's Holiday," a production of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater Group. Subsequently moving to Hollywood, she made approximately two dozen B-movies, including The Gorilla Man and Lady Gangster . She was later to remark that she "made so many terrible movies in Hollywood." Returning to New York City, Ford experienced greater success in the theater. An acquaintance of William Faulkner's since their days in Mississippi, in 1959 she starred in the well-reviewed title role of Temple Drake in Faulkner's play, Requiem for a Nun. She went on to work in the Broadway theater and in television productions. She died in New York City on August 12, 2009 at the age of 98.

From the guide to the Ford, Ruth mss., 1936-1986, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

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