Ann Rutherford

Actor
At the height of her acting career, Ann Rutherford had every teenage boy in America wishing she were his girlfriend. Her saccharine sweet portrayal of Polly Benedict, the charming and loyal girlfriend to Mickey Rooney's ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Autry: Melody of the West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Police Secretary (Actor)

The Nash Airflyte Theater 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 (Movie)

Gertrude Griswold (Actor)

Two O'Clock Courage 1945 (Movie)

Patty Mitchell (Actor)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

Careen O'Hara (Actor)

A Christmas Carol 1937 (Movie)

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Love Finds Andy Hardy 1937 (Movie)

Polly Benedict (Actor)

Of Human Hearts 1937 (Movie)

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The Lawless Nineties 1935 (Movie)

Janet Carter (Actor)

The Lonely Trail 1935 (Movie)

Captain John Ashley (Actor)

The Oregon Trail 1935 (Movie)

Anne Ridgeley (Actor)

Biography

At the height of her acting career, Ann Rutherford had every teenage boy in America wishing she were his girlfriend. Her saccharine sweet portrayal of Polly Benedict, the charming and loyal girlfriend to Mickey Rooney's exuberant and love struck Andy Hardy in films such as "You're Only Young Once" (1937) and "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938), cemented Rutherford's status as an all-American sweetheart. Her universal appeal - boys loved her and girls wanted to be her - launched the actress' career and made her a marquee name in movie classics such as "A Christmas Carol" (1938) and "Pride and Prejudice" (1940). Yet no other film in Rutherford's extensive résumé held the enduring popularity and cultural impact as "Gone with the Wind" (1939), a cinematic masterpiece told through the eyes of Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). Rutherford played Scarlett's optimistic younger sister Carreen in the film that crossed genres and went on to be considered one of the greatest movies of all time. After making a few unremarkable films in the 1940s, she later acted in television until retiring from show business in the 1970s. In 2009, Rutherford celebrated the 70th anniversary of "Gone with the Wind," as one of that cast's - and the Golden Age's - last remaining survivors before her death in 2012.

Relationships

William Dozier Actor

Husband
Married Oct. 6, 1953 until Dozier's death on April 23, 1981

Robert Dozier Screenplay

Step-Son
Born in 1930 to William Dozier

Debbie Dozier Actor

Step-Daughter
Born Nov. 5, 1948 to Robert Dozier

Lucille Mansfield

Mother

David May

Husband
Married Dec. 24, 1942 Divorced June 6, 1953

Gloria May

Daughter
Born in 1943; father, David May

John Rutherford

Father

Laurette Rutherford

Sister
Born March 18, 1914 Died June 5, 1968

Milestones

1989

Celebrated the 50th anniversary of "Gone With the Wind" with surviving cast members in Atlanta, GA

1976

Made final screen acting appearance in "Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood"

1973

Landed recurring role as Emily's (Suzanne Pleshette) mother on "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS)

1972

First feature in over two decades, "They Only Kill Their Masters"

1968

Guest starred on ABC's "Love, American Style"; returned for another guest appearance in 1973

1959

Played various characters on the mystery drama series "Perry Mason" (CBS)

1950

Early TV appearance, "The Doll in the Pink Silk Dress" episode of "Nash Airflyte Theatre"

1950

Last film for 22 years, "Operation Haylift"

1947

Cast opposite Danny Kaye in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

1941

Made final appearance as Polly Benedict in "Andy Hardy's Double Life"

1940

First teaming with Red Selton, "Whistling in the Dark"; went on to film the sequels "Whistling in Dixie" (1942) and "Whistling in Brooklyn" (1943)

1940

First films with Frank Morgan, "The Ghost Comes Home" and "Keeping Company"

1940

Played Lydia Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice"

1939

Cast as Scarlett O'Hara's sister Careen in "Gone With the Wind"

1938

First film with Lana Turner, "Dramatic School"

1937

Signed by MGM

1937

Made first appearance as ever-faithful girlfriend Polly Benedict opposite Mickey Rooney's Andy Hardy in "You're Only Young Once"

1936

First films with John Wayne, "The Oregon Trail" and "The Lonely Trail"

1935

First features, "The Fighting Marines," "Waterfront Lady," and two Gene Autry Westerns, "Melody Trail" and "The Singing Vagabond"

1934

Signed by Mascot/Republic

1922

Made stage acting debut at age 5

Moved with family to California when she was a toddler

Appeared in theatrical productions and on radio broadcasts

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