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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:||Cast ... actor model short story writer movie theater usher|
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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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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