Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985

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Actress and playwright.

From the description of Ruth Gordon papers, 1924-1969 (bulk 1940-1969). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130956

Biographical Note

Ruth Gordon

  • 1896, Oct. 30: Born, Wollaston, Mass.
  • 1915: Appeared as Nibs in Peter Pan (play)
  • 1918: Married Gregory Kelly (died 1927)
  • 1936: Appeared as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife (play)
  • 1940: Appeared as Mary Todd Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (film)
  • 1942: Married Garson Kanin
  • 1946: Wrote Years Ago (play)
  • 1949: Wrote Adam's Rib (film)
  • 1952: Wrote Pat and Mike (film)
  • 1953: Wrote The Actress (film based on play Years Ago)
  • 1955: Appeared as Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker (play)
  • 1965: Appeared as Mrs. Clover in Inside Daisy Clover (film)
  • 1968: Appeared as Minnie Castevet in Rosemary's Baby (film)
  • 1969: Won 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Rosemary's Baby
  • 1971: Appeared as Maude in Harold and Maude (film)
  • 1978: Appeared as Ma Boggs in Every Which Way But Loose (film)
  • 1985, Aug. 28: Died, Edgartown, Mass.

Garson Kanin

  • 1912, Nov. 24: Born, Rochester, N.Y.
  • 1932 - 1933 : Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, N.Y.
  • 1933: Appeared as Tommy Deal in Little Ol' Boy (play)
  • 1942: Married Ruth Gordon (died 1985)
  • 1946: Wrote Born Yesterday (play) Directed Years Ago (play)
  • 1949: Wrote Adam's Rib (film)
  • 1952: Wrote Pat and Mike (film)
  • 1955: Wrote and directed The Diary of Anne Frank (play)
  • 1964: Directed Funny Girl (play)
  • 1990: Married Marian Seldes
  • 1999, Mar. 13: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin Papers, 1921-1993, (bulk 1940-1959), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. The doll's house : a new acting version by Thornton Wilder : typescript, 1951. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967,. Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Cromwell, John, 1888-1979. Papers, 1902-1972. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin Papers, 1921-1993, (bulk 1940-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Gordon, Max, 1892-. Papers, [ca. 1935-1959]. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Samson Raphaelson Papers, 1916-1982 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillo, 1987 - production photos. University of Guelph
creatorOf Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993. Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ruth Gordon Papers, 1924-1969, (bulk 1940-1969) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983. Papers, 1916-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table, 1920s-1988 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Slesin, Aviva. Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table, 1920s-1988. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Truex, Ernest, 1889-1973. Ernest Truex collection, 1895-1985 (bulk 1895-1973). Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Cornell, Katharine. Katharine Cornell Papers 1801-1983 (Bulk dates 1921-1974). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Katharine Cornell papers, 1801-1983, dates, 1921-1974 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Finkelstein Memorial Library (Spring Valley, N.Y.). Photograph collection, 1885-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 1921 - 2008. Audio Recordings. 1945 - 1965. MEET ETHEL BARRYMORE
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Aldrich, Richard Stoddard, 1902-1986. Scrapbook of clippings on productions, 1933-1934. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Maurice Evans papers, 1934-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Alfred Bendiner caricatures and related papers, 1929-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Scott McKowen Collection. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, 1987 - poster. University of Guelph
referencedIn Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillo, 1987 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillo, 1987 - reviews and articles. University of Guelph
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillio, 1987 - performance file. University of Guelph
referencedIn Ralph Edwards Productions. Ralph Edwards Productions radio and television scripts, 1940-1975. Library of Congress
referencedIn Ralph Edwards Productions Radio and Television Scripts, 1940-1975 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966. Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966 bulk (1924-1966). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin papers, 1921-1993 (bulk 1940-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Maude Adams collection, 1879-1956 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Lunt, Alfred. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne papers, 1838-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Edwards, Benedict B. Sparkling eyes [microform] : a musical comedietta in one act / by Ruth Gordon ; music and lyrics by Benedict B. Edwards. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Evans, Maurice, 1901-1989. Maurice Evans papers, 1934-1970. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, 1987 - poster. University of Guelph
creatorOf Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. The marrying kind : screenplay, 1951 May 25 / by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Thornton Wilder papers, 1892-1991, 1935-1975 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. Ruth Gordon papers, 1924-1969 (bulk 1940-1969). Library of Congress
referencedIn Robert A. Wilson slides, 1956-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Maude, 1872-1953 person
associatedWith Aldrich, Richard Stoddard, 1902-1986. person
correspondedWith Bagnold, Enid person
associatedWith Bagnold, Enid. Chalk garden. 1956. person
associatedWith Bagnold, Enid. Matter of gravity : a comedy in three acts. 1978. person
correspondedWith Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980 person
correspondedWith Beaumont, Hugh, 1909-1982 person
associatedWith Bendiner, Alfred person
associatedWith Benney, Robert, 1904-2001 person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Chevalier, Maurice, 1888-1972 person
correspondedWith Cohn, Harry, 1891-1958 person
associatedWith Columbia Pictures Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia Pictures Corporation. It should happen to you. 1954. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia Pictures Corporation. Marrying kind. 1952. corporateBody
correspondedWith Cornell, Katharine. person
associatedWith Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974 person
associatedWith Cromwell, John, 1888-1979. person
correspondedWith Cukor, George, 1899-1983 person
associatedWith Edwards, Benedict B. person
correspondedWith Evans, Edith, Dame, 1888-1976 person
associatedWith Evans, Maurice, 1901-1989. person
correspondedWith Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968 person
associatedWith Ffolkes, David person
associatedWith Finkelstein Memorial Library (Spring Valley, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993. person
associatedWith Gordon, Max, 1892- person
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
correspondedWith Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000 person
correspondedWith Guthrie, Tyrone, Sir, 1900-1971 person
associatedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 person
associatedWith Holliday, Judy. person
associatedWith Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999. person
correspondedWith Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967 person
correspondedWith Loos, Anita, 1893-1981 person
associatedWith Lunt, Alfred. person
correspondedWith Mainbocher, 1891-1976 person
associatedWith Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Actress. 1952. corporateBody
associatedWith Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966. person
correspondedWith Morse, Robert, 1931- person
correspondedWith Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989 person
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Ralph Edwards Productions. corporateBody
associatedWith Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983. person
associatedWith Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967, person
correspondedWith Schary, Dore person
associatedWith Scott McKowen Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Slesin, Aviva. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Tracy, Spencer, 1900-1967 person
correspondedWith Truex, Ernest, 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Motion picture industry--United States
Theater--Production and direction
Theater--United States
Motion picture actors and actresses
Symbolism
Motion picture plays, American
Fashion--United States
Drama--Stories, plots, etc
Theater--England--London
World War, 1939-1945--Theater and the war
Occupation
Authors
Theatrical producers
Motion picture directors
Theatrical directors
Actresses
Playwrights
Actors
Motion picture producers
Function

Person

Birth 1896-10-30

Death 1985-08-28

Americans

English

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