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08/12/2010

One year ago: Ruth Ford

August 12, 2010 |  6:00 am

Ruthford Ruth Ford was a Broadway actress who was once a member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre and also appeared in numerous films and in television. She died one year ago.

Ford appeared in such plays as William Faulkner's "Requiem for a Nun" (1959), originally a book that she helped the author adapt for the stage. She also acted in "No Exit" (1946), "Miss Julie" and "The Stronger" (1956).

The Mississippi native moved in the 1930s to New York, where she interacted with a community of artists and writers on the Upper West Side. In 1938, she made her debut on Broadway in the Welles-directed revival of "Shoemaker's Holiday."

In 1941 she moved to Hollywood, filling her career with more than two dozen film appearances during the next five years, including playing President Wilson's daughter in "Wilson." Most her roles, however, were in B movies, and in 1946 she returned to New York.

For more on the actress, read Ruth Ford's obituary by The Times.

-- Michael Farr

Photo: Ruth Ford. Credit: 20th Century Fox

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