Ruth Hussey


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ruth Hussey, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as James Stewart's wise-cracking girlfriend in 1940's "The Philadelphia Story," has died. She was 93.

Hussey died Tuesday at a convalescent home in Newbury Park in Ventura County of complications from an appendectomy, according to her son, John Longnecker.

From the late 1930s through 1960 Hussey made dozens of films a nd appeared with such leading men as Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Melvyn Douglas and Robert Taylor.

She also was a stage actress, appearing on Broadway in 1945 in the hit "State of the Union" and in 1949 in the comedy "Goodbye, My Fancy."

Born Oct. 30, 1911, in Providence, R.I., Hussey graduated from Pembroke Women's College at Brown University and the drama school at the University of Michigan.

She began her show-business career as a local radio fashion commentator. Later, she moved to New York and became a model for the Powers agency. She toured with stage companies and won an MGM contract when she was spotted by a talent agent during a road production in Los Angeles.

Her first movie role, in the 1937 Tracy film "Big City," was uncredited. Three years later, she was Tracy's leading lady in "Northwest Passage."

She received an Oscar nomination for supporting actress for playing Elizabeth Imbrie, the sassy photographer who accompanies Stewart to cover a socialite's wedding in "The Philadelphia Story."

She lost to Jane Darwell, who was Ma Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath."

Her last feature film role was in 1960 in "The Facts of Life," playing Bob Hope's wife.

Hussey also had a long career in television, including guest appearances in "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "Time Out for Ginger."

She also played the love interest of Robert Young in the 1973 television movie "My Darling Daughters' Anniversary."

Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press

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My favorite actress. A true talent. Always brings a smile to me when I see her in a movie. She left behind a wonderful film legacy for the ages. Such a beautiful face and voice. She will always be appreciated by those who recognize her subtlety and understated essence. Thanks, Ruth. You were a real gem.

My Mom & I looked her up after watching Ms. Hussey in 'After the Thin Man', we were sorry to learn she'd passed in 2005. We enjoyed her in several films & are happy to know she had a long, productive & happy marriage, which is rare in Hollywood of any age. God bless you, Ruth & keep your family close to Him.

I love old movies,and the great actresses of her time,may God bless her family.

I love Ruth in The Lady Wants Mink. She was such a pleasant actress and a pleasure to watch.

Ruth Hussey was my wonderful mom. I've enjoyed reading the posts here, and thank you all for your heartfelt comments. She truly was a lovely lady. I miss you mom! XO "Lizzie"

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

She was a Beautiful Special Lady of the Silver Screen..... God Bless You Always.