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Also Known As: Norma Roman Died: September 9, 1999
Born: December 22, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, short story writer, model, movie theater usher

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Although her career never scaled the heights suggested by her early promise, Ruth Roman had a long and fruitful career as a film and TV actress. She was a student at Boston's renowned Bishop Lee Dramatic School and pursued acting from a young age. Her first major break was in the 13-episode adventure serial "Jungle Girl" in 1945. Besides a supporting role in the 1949 boxing-themed film "Champion," for the rest of the 1940s she was limited to a series of small film parts. In 1951, she landed a co-starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic "Strangers on a Train." In many ways this was a career peak for Roman whose subsequent roles never quite equaled the stature and significance of the part of Anne Morton. In the latter half of the 1950s, she made the transition to TV and continued working steadily in the medium until her last role--a recurring part on the Angela Lansbury mystery "Murder She Wrote"in 1989. Other recurring TV roles included a stint on the mid-'60s Deep South drama "The Long, Hot Summer" and a turn as Sylvia Lean in the popular nighttime soap "Knots Landing." She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her television work.

Although her career never scaled the heights suggested by her early promise, Ruth Roman had a long and fruitful career as a film and TV actress. She was a student at Boston's renowned Bishop Lee Dramatic School and pursued acting from a young age. Her first major break was in the 13-episode adventure serial "Jungle Girl" in 1945. Besides a supporting role in the 1949 boxing-themed film "Champion," for the rest of the 1940s she was limited to a series of small film parts. In 1951, she landed a co-starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic "Strangers on a Train." In many ways this was a career peak for Roman whose subsequent roles never quite equaled the stature and significance of the part of Anne Morton. In the latter half of the 1950s, she made the transition to TV and continued working steadily in the medium until her last role--a recurring part on the Angela Lansbury mystery "Murder She Wrote"in 1989. Other recurring TV roles included a stint on the mid-'60s Deep South drama "The Long, Hot Summer" and a turn as Sylvia Lean in the popular nighttime soap "Knots Landing." She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her television work.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Echoes (1983) Michael'S Mother
2.
 Day Of The Animals (1976) Mrs Shirley Goodwin
3.
 Impulse (1975)
4.
 Punch and Jody (1974) Lil Charny
6.
 Killing Kind, The (1973) Rhea
7.
 The Baby (1973)
8.
 Go Ask Alice (1973) Psychiatrist
9.
 Love Has Many Faces (1965) Margot Eliot
10.
 Look In Any Window (1961) Jackie Fowler
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Raised in Massachusetts
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Began acting career as a child with the New England Repertory Company in Boston
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Moved to New York to pursue career
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Posed for photographs used in crime magazines; earned $5 per hour
1942:
Moved to Hollywood (date approximate)
1943:
Film debut in bit part as a WAVE in "Stage Door Canteen"
1945:
Appeared in the serial "Queen of the Jungle"
1949:
Breakthrough screen role as Kirk Douglas' wife in "Champion"
1951:
Acted in "Strangers on a Train", directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1956:
With her three-year old son, survived the wreck of the luxury liner Andrea Doria
1965:
Was series regular on the ABC drama "The Long Hot Summer"
1973:
Played a psychiatrist in the well-received ABC movie about drug use "Go Ask Alice"
1980:
Final feature, "Echoes" (released in 1983)
1986:
Had recurring role on the CBS primetime serial "Knots Landing"
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Made last TV appearances as guest star on the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" in three episodes playing character of Loretta Spiegel
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Education

Bishop Lee Dramatic School: Boston , Massachusetts -

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companion:
William Walsh. Publicist. Had five-year relationship.
companion:
Ronald Reagan. Actor, politician. Dated briefly.
husband:
Mortimer Hall. Executive. Married in 1950; divorced; father of Roman's son.
husband:
Budd Burton Moss. Divorced.
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father:
Anthony Roman. Carnival barker. Lithuanian immigrant; died when Roman was a child.
son:
Richard Roman Hall. Born c. 1953; survived her.

Contributions

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Source: Leonard Maltins Movie Encyclopedia. The BFI Companion To The Western.

Ruth Roman, one of Hollywood's most prolific figures, a beautiful talented actress born in Boston, MA in 1924. Roman began her career by starring in the title role of Jungle Queen (1945). Roman studied drama at Bishop Lee Dramatic School in Boston, Roman played supporting rolls in Stage Door Canteen (1943)Since You Went Away (1944), she stared in her first feature film in 1948 landing the starring role in Bell Starr's Daughter, she also starred in Champion, The Window, Always Leave Them Laughing, Beyond The Forest and Colt .45 in 1950. It was in 1951 when Alfred Hitchcock cast Roman in the familiar classic Strangers on a Train. Roman continued her acting career into the 70,s and 80's playing ever increasingly complicated character roles in made for TV movies. Ruth Roman films include: Mara Maru (1952),Young Man With ideas (1953), Blowing Wild (1954), Down Three Dark Streets, The Shanghai Story and Tanganyika (1955). The Far Country ((1956), Joe Macbeth, The Bottom of The Bottle (1957), Five Steps to Danger (1961), Look in Any Window (1965), Love has Many Faces (1973), The killing Kind (1974), Dead of Night and Impulse (1977),Day of the Animals (1980), Echoes and Silent Sentence (1983).

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