Ruth Chatterton

Actor, Playwright, Novelist
Respected stage actress who made her screen debut in "Sins of the Fathers" (1928) and, at the relatively advanced age of 35, became a popular star of "women's films" of the early 1930s. An intense, often richly ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1893 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Dodsworth 1935 (Movie)

Fran Dodsworth (Actor)

Female 1933 (Movie)

Alison Drake (Actor)

The Right to Love 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anybody's Woman (Movie)

Pansy Gray (Actor)

Frisco Jenny (Movie)

Frisco Jenny (Actor)

Girls' Dormitory (Movie)

Prof. Anna Mathe (Actor)

Lilly Turner (Movie)

Lilly Turner (Actor)

Madame X (Movie)

Jacqueline Fleuriot (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Sarah and Son (Movie)

Sarah Storm (Actor)

Sins of the Fathers (Movie)

Gretta (Actor)

The Doctor's Secret (Movie)

Lillian Garson (Actor)

The Magnificent Lie (Movie)

Poll (Actor)

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Movie)

Eve Redman (Actor)

Biography

Respected stage actress who made her screen debut in "Sins of the Fathers" (1928) and, at the relatively advanced age of 35, became a popular star of "women's films" of the early 1930s. An intense, often richly theatrical actress with a fine speaking voice, Chatterton enjoyed rewarding parts in such films as "Sarah and Son" (1930) and "Female" (1933). She played determined or high-powered women, often sexually quite liberated and aggressive, who undergo considerable emotional torment, and brought considerable class and dignity even to routine melodramatic romances. Her success in the first sound version of "Madame X" (1929) also insured that many of her later starring vehicles, such as "Frisco Jenny" (1933), would be variations of that film's glamorously suffering wife-and-mother role.

Relationships

George Brent

Husband
married on August 13, 1932 divorced on October 4, 1934 was Chatterton's leading man in "The Rich Are Always With Us" (1932), "The Crash" (1932), "Lily Turner" (1933) and "Female" (1933)

Ralph Forbes Actor

Husband

Ralph Forbes

Husband
married on December 24, 1924 divorced in 1932 played the second male lead in Chatterton's vehicle, "The Lady of Scandal" (1930)

Barry Thomson

Husband
married 1942 until his death in 1960

Milestones

1938

Made last two films, "The Rat" and "A Royal Divorce", in Great Britain

1936

Enjoyed notable comeback in William Wyler's "Dodsworth"

1934

Popularity slipped; left films for a brief period after completing "Journal of a Crime", her last of six films at Warners/First National

1932

Left Paramount and moved to Warner Brothers/First National; last film at Paramount, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow"

1930

Broadway writing debut, "Monsieur Brotonneau"

1928

Film acting debut in "Sins of the Fathers"; immediately became one of Paramount Studios' most popular stars

1920

Achieved notable Broadway starring triumph in "Daddy Long Legs"

1912

Made Broadway acting debut

1906

Began career as a stage actress in stock

Stage career dipped slightly in the late 1920s

Bonus Trivia

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Chatterton was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performances in "Madame X" (1929) and "Sarah and Son" (1930).

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Chatterton was a licensed pilot and would regularly fly her own plane cross-country.

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