Actress. Often played graceful, sophisticated, and intelligent women. Best Known for her Oscar-nominated role as the cynical photographer Elizabeth 'Liz' Imbrie in "The Philadelphia Story" in 1940. Ruth was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Drama. Her first show-business job was as a fashion commentator on a local radio station. Ruth then traveled to New York where she became a model for the famous Powers agency. Ruth Hussey acted primarily on stage until she was noticed by MGM. After signing with them, she appeared in her first movie. As the Mayor's Secretary in 1937's "Big City." She went on to become a leading lady in several MGM's "B" pictures, after "The Philadelphia Story" she became a leading lady in her own right. Though she was now an established movie actress, it would not be movies for which she would make her greatest role. Her greatest success came on the stage, starring opposite Ralph Bellamy in the 1945 Broadway Production State of the Union. After which she primarily became a stage actress, she would only appear in films occasionally. Her last big screen role was in the Bob Hope, Lucille Ball Comedy "Facts of Life," in 1960. Throughout the 1960's and early 1970's Ruth made several television appearances, but it was the stage that she loved, and continued to work on.
Bio by: The Perplexed Historian
Charles Robert Longenecker
1909–2002 (m. 1942)