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Ruth Hussey Biography

Birth Name:
Ruth Carol Hussey
Birth Place:
Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Fast Facts

  • Used the name Ruth O'Rourke after her mother remarried; switched back to her birth name before making her first film
  • Edited Brown University's yearbook Brun Mael during her senior year of college
  • Worked as a fashion commentator and a model before becoming an actress
  • Was discovered by a talent scout during her tour in the play Dead End in 1937
  • Made her Broadway debut opposite Ralph Bellamy in State of the Union (1945)
  • Last feature film was 1960's The Facts of Life


  • 1955Emmy-Best Actress in a Single Performance: nominated
  • 1940Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated


  • Mary Elizabeth Hendrix -- Daughter
  • Charles Robert Longenecker -- Husband
  • Betty Hussey Randall -- Sister
  • Robert Longenecker -- Son
  • William O'Rourke -- Stepfather