Ruth Gordon

Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter
A distinguished stage actress through much of the first half of the century, Gordon was also a prolific playwright and screenwriter. Married to writer-director Garson Kanin in 1942, she collaborated with him on several ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1896 in Wollaston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

The Trouble With Spies 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Arkwright (Actor)

Delta Pi 1985 (Movie)

Mugs (Actor)

Maxie 1985 (Movie)

Mrs Lavin (Actor)

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of the Rock Aliens 1985 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Don't Go to Sleep 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy the Kid 1983 (Movie)

Bernice Kelp (Actor)

Any Which Way You Can 1980 (Movie)

Ma (Actor)

My Bodyguard 1980 (Movie)

Gramma (Actor)

Boardwalk 1979 (Movie)

Becky Rosen (Actor)

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Every Which Way But Loose 1978 (Movie)

Ma (Actor)

That Was the Year That Was 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince of Central Park 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

Old Lady (Actor)

Isn't It Shocking? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

Maude (Actor)

Where's Poppa? 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Dimmock (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Minnie Castevet (Actor)

Inside Daisy Clover 1966 (Movie)

The Dealer (Actor)

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

Stella Barnard (Actor)

Action in the North Atlantic 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two-Faced Woman 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Movie)

Mary Todd Lincoln (Actor)

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (Movie)

Mrs. Ehrlich (Actor)

Perfect Gentlemen (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Houdinis (TV Show)

Actor

The North Star (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (10)

Gene Autry: The Singing Cowboy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Rosie 1966 (Movie)

from play adaptation("A Very Rich Woman") (Play as Source Material)

The Actress 1953 (Movie)

("Years Ago") (Play as Source Material)

The Actress 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pat and Mike 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Marrying Kind 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Adam's Rib 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Double Life (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Hardhat and Legs (TV Show)

Screenplay

Over 21 (Movie)

(Play Author)

Biography

A distinguished stage actress through much of the first half of the century, Gordon was also a prolific playwright and screenwriter. Married to writer-director Garson Kanin in 1942, she collaborated with him on several George Cukor films, including the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn classics "Adam's Rib" (1949) and "Pat and Mike" (1952).

Though relatively inactive in the 1950s and 60s, her career picked up again in 1968 after her infamously diabolical role as Minnie Castavets in "Rosemary's Baby", for which she won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. Gordon is perhaps best remembered as the octogenarian partner of 20-year old Bud Cort in Hal Ashby's black comedy "Harold and Maude" (1971).

Relationships

Jed Harris

Companion
father of Gordon's son Jones

Jones Harris

Son
illegitimate son by theatrical producer Jed Harris born in 1929

Garson Kanin Director

Husband
Married from December 4, 1942 until her death in 1985

Garson Kanin

Husband
married December 4, 1942 until her death

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1987

Final feature appearance, "The Trouble With Spies"

1982

Final TV-movie, "Dont't Go to Sleep"

1980

Wrote first and only screenplay for a TV-movie, "Hardhat and Legs"

1974

Had recurring role on the TV series "Rhoda"

1966

TV-movie debut, "Blithe Spirit"

1953

Final screenplay credit from her play "Years Ago" and last collaboration with George Cukor, "The Actress"

1947

Screenwriting debut for George Cukor's, "A Double Life"

1944

First non-acting feature credit, "Over 21," from her play

1940

First collaboration with George Cukor as an actress, "Two-Faced Woman"

1940

Returned to film after a 24 year hiatus, featured as Mary Todd Lincoln in her first sound film, "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"

1915

Stage debut in a production of "Peter Pan"

1915

Feature debut, "The Whirl of Life"

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