Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009

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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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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009. Papers, 1936-1986. Indiana University
creatorOf Foote, Horton. Horton Foote letters to Ruth Ford, 1982-1989. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library
creatorOf Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009. Reminiscences of Ruth Ford : oral history, [197-?]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Polk, Noel. Noel Polk editorial papers from the Library of America and Random House editions of the works of William Faulkner [manuscript], 1968-2000. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ford, Charles Henri. Charles Henri Ford papers, 1906-1989, bulk 1920-1989. J. Paul Getty Center, Arts Archives
creatorOf Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009. Papers of Ruth Ford, 1947-1965. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973. Studio one-- "King Coffin" / from a novel by Conrad Aiken. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Glenville, Peter, 1913-1996. Peter Glenville Papers, 1914-2001 (bulk 1933-1993). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Anderson, Doug, 1919-. Doug Anderson theatrical drawings, 1957-1964. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Locke, Sam. Westinghouse summer theatre-- The guinea pigs / by Sam Locke. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Brand, Millen, 1906-1980. "Studio one" presents "The outward room" / by Millen Brand. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Ford, Charles Henri, 1913-. Charles Henri Ford Papers, 1928-1981. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009. Papers of Ruth Ford [manuscript], 1947-1965. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ford, Ruth mss., 1936-1986 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Ayers, Lemuel,. William Faulkner and Ruth Ford Collection [manuscript], 1948-1990. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charles Henri Ford letters to Ted Joans, 1964-1987 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Buñuel, Luis, 1900-1983. Papers, 1956-1967. Indiana University
referencedIn Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of, 1930-. Photograph : of Ruth Ford as Temple Drake, 1959. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Crane, Joan St. C. Papers of Joan St. C. Crane [manuscript], 1969-1995. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Letters: Oxford, Mississippi, to Albert Russell Erskine, 1950 February and June 10. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Anderson, Doug, 1919- person
correspondedWith Buñuel, Luis, 1900-1983. person
associatedWith Burke, John J. person
associatedWith Burke, John J. person
associatedWith Clift, Montgomery. person
associatedWith Crane, Joan St. C. person
associatedWith Cummins, Saxe, person
associatedWith Eyck, Peter van, 1911-1969. person
associatedWith Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 person
associatedWith Foote, Horton. person
correspondedWith Ford, Charles Henri person
associatedWith Ford, Charles Henri. person
associatedWith Ford, Charles Henri, 1913- person
associatedWith Glenville, Peter, 1913-1996. person
associatedWith Goldman, Harry, person
associatedWith Huston, John, 1906-1987. person
associatedWith McKain, David W. person
associatedWith Polk, Noel. person
associatedWith Roos, Jørgen, 1922-1998. person
associatedWith Scott, Shelley. person
associatedWith Scott, Zachary, d. 1965. person
associatedWith Scott, Zachary, d. 1965. person
associatedWith Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of, 1930- person
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Birth 1911-07-07

Death 2009-08-12

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