Goetz, Ruth

Variant names

Hide Profile

Ruth and Augustus Goetz, playwrights.

From the description of The heiress: typescript, 1995. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122431957

Ruth Gordon and Augustus Goetz, playwrights.

From the description of The heiress: typescript, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122627114

Ruth Goodman Goetz (1912- ) and Augustus Goetz (1899-1957) collaborated on writing plays and screenplays.

Ruth Goodman Goetz was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on January 12, 1912, the only child of Lily Cartun Goodman and Philip Goodman (1885-1940), a theatrical producer and writer. Ruth grew up in New York City, studied scenic design with Norman Bel Geddes while still a teenager, and later worked for the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house. In 1932, she married Augustus Otto Goetz, a stockbroker who gave up his Wall Street job soon afterwards to pursue a writing career. They collaborated on several plays over the next several years, including FRANKLIN STREET (1940), ONE MAN SHOW (1945), and, most successfully, THE HEIRESS (1947), starring Wendy Hiller and Basil Rathbone, based on Henry James' novel WASHINGTON SQUARE. The Goetzes also adapted this play for Paramount's 1949 film version, which starred Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, and Ralph Richardson. They also adapted Theodore Dreiser's novel SISTER CARRIE for the screen. After returning to New York in the mid 1950s, the Goetzes adapted two more novels for the stage, Andre Gide's THE IMMORALIST (1954) and Storm Jameson's THE HIDDEN RIVER (1957). Augustus Goetz died in September of 1957. Ruth Goetz continued to work with other collaborators on various projects in the years that followed, and has served on the boards of a number of professional and political organizations.

Producer and playwright Philip Goodman, father of Ruth Goetz, was born in Philadelphia in 1885. He came to New York as a young man, worked on a magazine edited by Theodore Dreiser, and later went into the advertising business. In the early 1920s Goodman persuaded his friend, journalist Don Marquis, to write a play. After the great success of Marquis' THE OLD SOAK, Goodman ventured further into theater, producing the musical comedy POPPY (1923) starring W.C. Fields. Other Goodman productions include DEAR SIR (1924), THE RAMBLERS (1926), THE WILD MAN OF BORNEO (1927) by Marc Connelly and Herman J. Mankiewicz, AMONG THE MARRIED (1929), and WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (1931). In his last years, Goodman devoted himself to writing plays and his memoirs. He died of a heart ailment on July 20, 1940, at the age of 55.

From the description of Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122571440

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Oral History Project, 2010-2011. Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf Goetz, Ruth. The heiress: typescript, 1995. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Canadian Stage Theatre Archives (University of Guelph). Heiress / by Ruth and Augustus Goetz ; directed by Eric Steiner, 1986- production photos. University of Guelph
creatorOf Goetz, Ruth. The heiress: typescript, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). The Heiress / by Ruth and Augustus Goetz ; suggested by The Henry James novel "Washington Square" ; directed by Marjorie Lister, 1961 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Centrestage Theatre Archives. The heiress / by Ruth and Augustus Goetz ; technical drawings by Susan Benson, 1985. University of Guelph
creatorOf Crest Theatre. The Heiress / by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, 1961 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Eric Steiner Collection. The heiress / by Ruth and Augustus Goetz ; a Henry James Novel ; directed by Eric Steiner - Costume Design. University of Guelph
creatorOf Goetz, Ruth. A herdeira : peça em 2 actos : inspirada na novela "Washington Square," de Henry James / por Ruth e Augusto Goetz ; tradução de Francisco Mata. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Goetz, Ruth. Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives (University of Guelph). The Heiress / by Ruth and Augustus Goetz ; directed by Eric Steiner, 1986 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978). Library of Congress
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Ashcroft, Peggy, Dame. person
correspondedWith Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Canadian Stage Theatre Archives (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Centrestage Theatre Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990. person
associatedWith Crest Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith DeHavilland, Olivia. person
associatedWith DeLillo, Don. person
associatedWith Eric Steiner Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Gielgud, John, 1904- person
associatedWith Goetz, Augustus. person
associatedWith Goodman, Lily Cartun. person
associatedWith Goodman, Philip, 1885-1940. person
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Guare, John. person
associatedWith Hart, Kitty Carlisle, 1915- person
associatedWith Hart, Moss, 1904-1961. person
associatedWith Hirschfeld, Al. person
associatedWith Howe, Tina. person
associatedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916 person
associatedWith Mata, Francisco. person
associatedWith McGinley, Phyllis, 1905-1978. person
associatedWith New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904- person
associatedWith Richardson, Ralph, Sir, 1902-1983. person
associatedWith Salisbury, Leah. person
associatedWith Sondheim, Stephen. person
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Wyler, William, 1902-1981. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Subject
Theater--Production and direction
American drama--Translations into Portuguese
American drama
Motion pictures
Occupation
Dramatists
Screenwriters
Function

Person

Portuguese

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w63f5hr6

Ark ID: w63f5hr6

SNAC ID: 47132320