Ruth Roman


Actor
Ruth Roman

About

Also Known As
Norma Roman
Birth Place
Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Born
December 22, 1922
Died
September 09, 1999

Biography

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 "...

Photos & Videos

The Window - Lobby Card Set
Invitation - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Killing Kind - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

William Walsh
Companion
Publicist. Had five-year relationship.
Ronald Reagan
Companion
Actor, politician. Dated briefly.
Mortimer Hall
Husband
Executive. Married in 1950; divorced; father of Roman's son.
Budd Burton Moss
Husband
Divorced.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Echoes (1983)
Michael'S Mother
Day Of The Animals (1976)
Mrs Shirley Goodwin
Impulse (1975)
A Knife For the Ladies (1974)
Punch and Jody (1974)
The Killing Kind (1973)
Rhea
Go Ask Alice (1973)
Psychiatrist
The Baby (1973)
Love Has Many Faces (1965)
Margot Eliot
Look In Any Window (1961)
Jackie Fowler
Desert Desperadoes (1959)
Isthar
Bitter Victory (1958)
Jane Brand
5 Steps to Danger (1957)
Ann Nicholson
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)
Nora Martin
Joe MacBeth (1956)
Lily MacBeth
Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Boston Grant
Rebel in Town (1956)
Nora Willoughby
The Far Country (1955)
Ronda [Castle]
Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
Kate Martel
Tanganyika (1954)
Peggy [Marion]
The Shanghai Story (1954)
Rita King
Blowing Wild (1953)
Sal Donnelly
Invitation (1952)
Maud Redwick
Young Man With Ideas (1952)
Julie Webster
Mara Maru (1952)
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
Catherine, also known as Nikki Lewis
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Anne Morton
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
Shelley Carnes
Starlift (1951)
Herself
Dallas (1950)
Tonia Robles
Colt .45 (1950)
Beth Donovan
Barricade (1950)
Judith Burns
Three Secrets (1950)
Ann Lawrence
Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
Fay Washburn
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Carol [Lawson]
The Window (1949)
Jean Kellerson
Champion (1949)
Emma [Bryce]
Good Sam (1948)
Ruthie
Belle Starr's Daughter (1948)
Rose of Cimmaron
Gilda (1946)
Without Reservations (1946)
Girl in negligee
See My Lawyer (1945)
You Came Along (1945)
Gloria Revere
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Girl at Bright Dollar
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
She Gets Her Man (1945)
Glamour girl
Song of Nevada (1944)
Cigarette girl
Ladies Courageous (1944)
WAF
Harmony Trail (1944)
Ann Martin
Storm Over Lisbon (1944)
Checkroom girl
Since You Went Away (1944)
Envious girl

Cast (Special)

Willow B: Women in Prison (1980)
Sergeant Pritchett
Cops (1973)

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 1992 Winter Olympics (1992)
Sports Operations (New York)

Cast (Short)

The Screen Director (1951)
Herself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts (1979)

Life Events

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"

Photo Collections

The Window - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's The Window (1949). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Invitation - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Invitation (1952), starring Dorothy McGuire and Van Johnson.
The Killing Kind - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Killing Kind (1973), directed by Curtis Harrington. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
5 Steps to Danger - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for 5 Steps to Danger (1957), starring Sterling Hayden and Ruth Roman. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Bitter Victory (1957) - Don't Talk To Me In Riddles The "bitter" part delivered in this scene from Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory, 1958, in which Leith (Richard Burton), a British officer in WWII Libya, counsels ex-lover Jane (Ruth Roman) on pre-mission psychology for her husband.
Starlift (1951) - James Cagney, Janice Rule Air Force men Mike (Dick Wesson, doing the impression) and Rick (Ron Hagerthy) are hoping to meet the fictional movie star Nell Wayne (Janice Rule), who comes from Rick’s hometown, killing time with Ruth Roman, Doris Day and James Cagney, all in San Francisco for a premiere, in the Warner Bros. novelty feature Starlift, 1951.
Starlift (1951) - You Oughta Be In Pictures Visiting the hospital at Travis Air Force Base, Doris Day (before her song), Janice Rule (as fictional movie star Nell Wayne) and Ruth Roman do schtick with the airmen, then the tune by Dana Suesse and Edward Heyman, in the Warner Bros. all-star Korean War home-front patriotic feature, Starlift, 1951.
Starlift (1951) - Ruth Roman, You're Gonna Lose Your Gal Two Air Force guys outside a San Francisco theater where movie stars will be attending a premiere, the sergeant (Dick Wesson) wants the corporal (Ron Hagerthy) to claim to know a fictional movie star, whereupon they meet Ruth Roman, Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, in the Warner Bros. Korean War morale booster Starlift, 1951.
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1947) - You Can't Dance Bill (Steve Cochran), convicted of murder as a pre-teen, just-paroled and having left his hometown due to bad press, now in New York, not familiar with taxi-dancing etiquette, meets Nikki (Lynne Millan) then the more cordial Cay (Ruth Roman), in Tomorrow Is Another Day, 1951.
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1947) - Team Up Or Split Up On the run but not quite committed to each other, after the death of her cop boyfriend, whom she’s allowed to believe he shot, newly-paroled Bill (Steve Cochran) and taxi-dancer Cay (Ruth Roman) have checked into an out-of-the-way motel, in Tomorrow Is Another Day, 1951.
Far Country, The (1955) - Seattle, 1896 A good stiff Anthony Mann opening, though with a different setting in 1896 Seattle, James Stewart arrives with cattle, greeted by partner Walter Brennan, disciplining the two hands (Terry Frost, Don Harvey) he didn’t kill, opening the Alaska Gold Rush Western, The Far Country, 1955.
Far Country, The (1955) - Nobody Can Tell Her Anything James Stewart as Webster, cattle man from Wyoming, with partner Walter Brennan, tangles with Ronda Castle (Ruth Roman, backed up by Steve Brodie), who’s hired him drive supplies to the gold strike in the Alaskan interior, explaining afterwards to the admiring Renee (Corinne Calvet), in The Far Country, 1955, from director Anthony Mann.
Window, The (1949) - You've Had A Bad Dream Camped out on the fire escape where it's cooler, one floor above his family's apartment, Tommy (Bobby Driscoll) sees the Kellersons (Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman) commit the crime, his mom (Barbara Hale) not buying it, in The Window, 1949.
Strangers On A Train (1951) - He's Not French The famous tennis-crowd shot appears here as Bruno (Robert Walker) stalks Guy (Farley Granger), from whom he's expecting a reciprocal murder, and pesters Ann (Ruth Roman) and Barbara (Patricia Hitchcock), in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train, 1951.
Young Man With Ideas (1952) - It's A Time Bomb Parents Max (Glenn Ford) and Julie (Ruth Roman), just moved from Montana to a new low-rent home in Los Angeles, find out the previous occupant was a bookie, in Mitchell Leisen's Young Man With Ideas, 1952.
Young Man With Ideas (1952) - Watch Yourself Toots Under-appreciated Montana law firm underling Max (Glenn Ford) and wife Julie (Ruth Roman) commit social errors at a company dinner, Jethrow (Ray Collins) their host, in Mitchell Leisen's Young Man With Ideas 1952.

Trailer

Family

Anthony Roman
Father
Carnival barker. Lithuanian immigrant; died when Roman was a child.
Richard Roman Hall
Son
Born c. 1953; survived her.

Companions

William Walsh
Companion
Publicist. Had five-year relationship.
Ronald Reagan
Companion
Actor, politician. Dated briefly.
Mortimer Hall
Husband
Executive. Married in 1950; divorced; father of Roman's son.
Budd Burton Moss
Husband
Divorced.

Bibliography