Oscar Actors: Hussey, Ruth

Born as Ruth Carol O'Rourke, October 30,1914. Ruth Hussey started out as fashion commentator on a local radio station and later worked in New York as a Powers model. After several stage roles with touring companies she was signed by MGM to a fiveyear contract and made her film debut in 1937.

Following a number of minor roles, she became established in the early 40s as one of the studio's secondrung leading ladies, typically playing elegant, sophisticated, knowing women. She was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role as a cynical magazine photographer in George Cukor's comedy, “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).

However, she enjoyed her greatest success on the stage in 1945, when she starred opposite Ralph Bellamy in the Broadway production of “State of the Union.” She subsequently returned to the screen in occasional roles.

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In 1940, Ruth Hussey competed for the Supporting Actress Oscar with Jane Darwell, who won for “The Grapes of Wrath,” Judith Anderson in “Rebecca,” Barbara O'Neil in “All This, and Heaven Too,” and Marjorie Rambeau in Primrose Path.”