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Also Known As: Therese Ann Rutherford Died: June 11, 2012
Born: November 2, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor

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This attractive brunette supporting player and occasional lead of the 1930s and 40s first gained prominence as the heroine in Mascot/Republic Westerns before finding lasting fame as Polly Benedict in the Andy Hardy series at MGM. Ann Rutherford was born in Toronto but raised in Southern California where she was onstage by the age of five. The daughter of tenor John Guilberty and actress Lucille Mansfield, Rutherford frequently appeared in theatrical and radio productions until she was signed by Republic at age 17. Variously teamed with Gene Autry ("Melody Trail" 1935, "Public Cowboy No. 1" 1937) and John Wayne ("The Lonely Trail" and "The Lawless Nineties", both 1936) while at Republic, she moved to supporting player at MGM when she signed with that studio in 1937. Almost immediately, she was cast as Polly opposite Mickey Rooney's Andy Hardy in a series of films that stretched from 1938 until 1942. Rutherford also landed the role of sister in two high profile features: she was Careen O'Hara to Vivian Leigh's Scarlett in "Gone With the Wind" (1939) and Lydia to Greer Garson's Elizabeth in "Pride and Prejudice" (1940). In 1941, she found herself successfully teamed with Red Skelton as the sleuthing...

This attractive brunette supporting player and occasional lead of the 1930s and 40s first gained prominence as the heroine in Mascot/Republic Westerns before finding lasting fame as Polly Benedict in the Andy Hardy series at MGM. Ann Rutherford was born in Toronto but raised in Southern California where she was onstage by the age of five. The daughter of tenor John Guilberty and actress Lucille Mansfield, Rutherford frequently appeared in theatrical and radio productions until she was signed by Republic at age 17. Variously teamed with Gene Autry ("Melody Trail" 1935, "Public Cowboy No. 1" 1937) and John Wayne ("The Lonely Trail" and "The Lawless Nineties", both 1936) while at Republic, she moved to supporting player at MGM when she signed with that studio in 1937. Almost immediately, she was cast as Polly opposite Mickey Rooney's Andy Hardy in a series of films that stretched from 1938 until 1942. Rutherford also landed the role of sister in two high profile features: she was Careen O'Hara to Vivian Leigh's Scarlett in "Gone With the Wind" (1939) and Lydia to Greer Garson's Elizabeth in "Pride and Prejudice" (1940). In 1941, she found herself successfully teamed with Red Skelton as the sleuthing 'The Fox' in "Whistling in the Dark" and its two sequels, "Whistling in Dixie" (1942) and "Whistling in Brooklyn" (1943). Rutherford went on to appear opposite Danny Kaye in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947) and Errol Flynn in 1948's "The Adventures of Don Juan". After co-starring with Bill Williams in "Operation Haylift" in 1950, she retired from the screen until 1972 when she briefly appeared as a police secretary in "They Only Kill Their Masters". Rutherford then had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972-78), as the mother of Suzanne Pleshette.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Slipper and the Rose, The (1976) Princess
3.
4.
 Operation Haylift (1950) Clara Masters
5.
 Adventures of Don Juan (1949) Donna Elena
6.
 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) Gertrude Griswald
7.
 Murder in the Music Hall (1946) Gracie
8.
 The Madonna's Secret (1946) Linda North, also known as Linda Morgan
9.
 Inside Job (1946) Claire Gray
10.
 Bedside Manner (1945) Lola Cross
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Moved with family to California when she was a toddler
1922:
Made stage acting debut at age 5
:
Appeared in theatrical productions and on radio broadcasts
1934:
Signed by Mascot/Republic
1935:
First features, "The Fighting Marines," "Waterfront Lady," and two Gene Autry Westerns, "Melody Trail" and "The Singing Vagabond"
1936:
First films with John Wayne, "The Oregon Trail" and "The Lonely Trail"
1937:
Signed by MGM
1937:
Made first appearance as ever-faithful girlfriend Polly Benedict opposite Mickey Rooney's Andy Hardy in "You're Only Young Once"
1938:
First film with Lana Turner, "Dramatic School"
1939:
Cast as Scarlett O'Hara's sister Careen in "Gone With the Wind"
1940:
First films with Frank Morgan, "The Ghost Comes Home" and "Keeping Company"
1940:
Played Lydia Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice"
1941:
First teaming with Red Selton, "Whistling in the Dark"; went on to film the sequels "Whistling in Dixie" (1942) and "Whistling in Brooklyn" (1943)
1942:
Made final appearance as Polly Benedict in "Andy Hardy's Double Life"
1947:
Cast opposite Danny Kaye in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
1950:
Last film for 22 years, "Operation Haylift"
1950:
Early TV appearance, "The Doll in the Pink Silk Dress" episode of "Nash Airflyte Theatre"
1959:
Played various characters on the mystery drama series "Perry Mason" (CBS)
1969:
Guest starred on ABC's "Love, American Style"; returned for another guest appearance in 1973
1972:
First feature in over two decades, "They Only Kill Their Masters"
1973:
Landed recurring role as Emily's (Suzanne Pleshette) mother on "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS)
1976:
Made final screen acting appearance in "Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood"
1989:
Celebrated the 50th anniversary of "Gone With the Wind" with surviving cast members in Atlanta, GA
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husband:
David May. Actor.
husband:
William Dozier. Producer. Married from 1953 until his death in 1981.

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father:
John Guilberty. Opera singer.
mother:
Lucille Mansfield. Actor.
sister:
Judith Arlen. Actor. Born in 1914; died in 1968.
daughter:
Gloria May.
step-son:
Robert Dozier.
step-daughter:
Deborah Dozier Potter. Mother, Joan Fontaine.
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