Ruth Roman

Actor, Short story writer, Model
Although her career never scaled the heights suggested by her early promise, Ruth Roman had a long and fruitful career as a film and TV actress. She was a student at Boston's renowned Bishop Lee Dramatic School and ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1922 in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Echoes 1983 (Movie)

Michael's Mother (Actor)

Willow B: Women in Prison 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Day of the Animals 1975 (Movie)

Mrs Shirley Goodwin (Actor)

Impulse 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Knife For the Ladies 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cops 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baby 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Killing Kind 1972 (Movie)

Rhea (Actor)

The Long Hot Summer 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Has Many Faces 1964 (Movie)

Margot Elliot (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Look in Any Window 1960 (Movie)

Jackie Fowler (Actor)

Bitter Victory 1958 (Movie)

Jane Brand (Actor)

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Day in the Morning 1956 (Movie)

Boston Grant (Actor)

The Bottom of the Bottle 1955 (Movie)

Nora Martin (Actor)

The Far Country 1955 (Movie)

Ronda Castle (Actor)

Down Three Dark Streets 1954 (Movie)

Kate Martel (Actor)

Tanganyika 1954 (Movie)

Peggy Merion (Actor)

The Shanghai Story 1954 (Movie)

Rita King (Actor)

Blowing Wild 1953 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Strangers On a Train 1951 (Movie)

Anne Morton (Actor)

Three Secrets 1950 (Movie)

Ann Lawrence (Actor)

Beyond the Forest 1949 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Champion 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Always Leave Them Laughing 1948 (Movie)

Fay Washburn (Actor)

Go Ask Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Incident in San Francisco (TV Show)

Actor

Punch and Jody (TV Show)

Actor

The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although her career never scaled the heights suggested by her early promise, Ruth Roman had a long and fruitful career as a film and TV actress. She was a student at Boston's renowned Bishop Lee Dramatic School and pursued acting from a young age. Her first major break was in the 13-episode adventure serial "Jungle Girl" in 1945. Besides a supporting role in the 1949 boxing-themed film "Champion," for the rest of the 1940s she was limited to a series of small film parts. In 1951, she landed a co-starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic "Strangers on a Train." In many ways this was a career peak for Roman whose subsequent roles never quite equaled the stature and significance of the part of Anne Morton. In the latter half of the 1950s, she made the transition to TV and continued working steadily in the medium until her last role--a recurring part on the Angela Lansbury mystery "Murder She Wrote"in 1989. Other recurring TV roles included a stint on the mid-'60s Deep South drama "The Long, Hot Summer" and a turn as Sylvia Lean in the popular nighttime soap "Knots Landing." She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her television work.

Relationships

Richard Hall

Son
born c. 1953 survived her

Mortimer Hall

Husband
married in 1950 divorced father of Roman's son

Budd Moss

Husband
divorced

Ronald Reagan

Companion
dated briefly

Anthony Roman

Father
Lithuanian immigrant died when Roman was a child

William Walsh

Companion
had five-year relationship

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school in her sophomore year

Bishop Lee Dramatic School

Boston , Massachusetts
attended on scholarship

Milestones

1986

Had recurring role on the CBS primetime serial "Knots Landing"

1980

Final feature, "Echoes" (released in 1983)

1973

Played a psychiatrist in the well-received ABC movie about drug use "Go Ask Alice"

1965

Was series regular on the ABC drama "The Long Hot Summer"

1956

With her three-year old son, survived the wreck of the luxury liner Andrea Doria

1951

Acted in "Strangers on a Train", directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1949

Breakthrough screen role as Kirk Douglas' wife in "Champion"

1944

Appeared in the serial "Queen of the Jungle"

1942

Film debut in bit part as a WAVE in "Stage Door Canteen"

1941

Moved to Hollywood (date approximate)

Began acting career as a child with the New England Repertory Company in Boston

Moved to New York to pursue career

Made last TV appearances as guest star on the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" in three episodes playing character of Loretta Spiegel

Raised in Massachusetts

Posed for photographs used in crime magazines; earned $5 per hour

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