Barbara Rush


Actor
Barbara Rush

About

Birth Place
Denver, Colorado, USA
Born
January 04, 1927

Biography

An attractive leading lady often cast in well-bred roles, Barbara Rush entered films at the tail end of the studio system, making her debut in a small role in "Molly" (1950), based on the popular radio show "The Goldbergs." She went on to play leading ladies in some top pictures, but appeared in numerous forgettable ones before breaking into TV in the 1960s. Although Rush won her first l...

Photos & Videos

Robin and the 7 Hoods - Movie Posters
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Jeffrey Hunter
Husband
Actor. Married in 1950; divorced in 1955.
Warren Cowan
Husband
Public relations executive. Married and divorced; renewed relationship in late 1980s but separated in the 1990s.
James Gruzalski
Husband
Married in 1970; divorced.

Notes

Barbara Rush lived for many years in the former home of Hedda Hopper.

Biography

An attractive leading lady often cast in well-bred roles, Barbara Rush entered films at the tail end of the studio system, making her debut in a small role in "Molly" (1950), based on the popular radio show "The Goldbergs." She went on to play leading ladies in some top pictures, but appeared in numerous forgettable ones before breaking into TV in the 1960s. Although Rush won her first leading roles in such Paramount films as "The First Legion" (1951), she is probably better remembered as Joan, the woman who loves Paul Newman even after he chooses a job over her hand in marriage, in "The Young Philadelphians" (1959), and opposite Frank Sinatra in "Come Blow Your Horn" (1963). She also had key roles in "The Young Lions" (1958), "The Man" (1972), and an amusing supporting role in "Can't Stop the Music" (1980).

Rush first worked as a series regular playing a Washington newspaper correspondent in "Saints and Sinners" (NBC, 1962). She garnered some notice for her season-long (1968-69) stint as Marcia Russell on ABC's primetime soap "Peyton Place." Rush then tried her hand at comedy, portraying a temperamental soap opera star on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1973-74). In the early 80s, it was back to the real thing as the matriarch Eudora Weldon on NBC's "Flamingo Road" (1981-82) and a brief turn on ABC's daytime staple "All My Children."

Approaching the age when actresses find roles difficult to land, Rush stayed active on stage appearing throughout the USA in such fluff as "Forty Carats" and "Same Time, Next Year." She commissioned and earned rave reviews in the solo theatrical piece "A Woman of Independent Means," based on the novel by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey in New York and Los Angeles. More recently, Rush returned to the small screen appearing in the recurring role of Stephen Collins' mother in "7th Heaven" (The WB).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Widow's Kiss (1995)
Web Of Deceit (1990)
Judith Hale
The Night the Bridge Fell Down (1983)
Summer Lovers (1982)
Can't Stop The Music (1980)
Norma White
Flamingo Road (1980)
Death Car on the Freeway (1979)
The Last Day (1975)
Betty Spence
Superdad (1974)
Sue Mccready
The Man (1972)
Kay Eaton
Crime Club (1972)
The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972)
Cutter (1972)
Linda Henderson
Moon Of The Wolf (1972)
Louise Rodanthe
Suddenly Single (1971)
Evelyn Baxter
Strategy of Terror (1969)
Karen Lownes
Hombre (1967)
Audra Favor
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Marian
Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
Connie
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Eve Coe
The Bramble Bush (1960)
Margaret "Mar" McFie
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
Joan Dickinson
The Young Lions (1958)
Margaret Freemantle
Harry Black and the Tiger (1958)
Christian Tanner
The Big Show (1957)
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957)
Myra Hagerman
No Down Payment (1957)
Betty Kreitzer
Bigger Than Life (1956)
Lou Avery
World in My Corner (1956)
Dorothy Mallinson
Flight to Hong Kong (1956)
Pamela Vincent
Captain Lightfoot (1955)
Aga [Doherty]
Kiss of Fire (1955)
Princess Lucia
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
Joyce Phillips
The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
Meg
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
Oona
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Ellen Fields
Prince of Pirates (1953)
Countess Nita Orde
Flaming Feather (1952)
Nora Logan
Molly (1951)
Debby
Quebec (1951)
Madelon
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Joyce Hendron
The First Legion (1951)
Terry Gilmartin

Cast (Special)

At Your Service (1984)
Barbara Stonehill
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love - Beautiful but Funny (1982)
Portrait of Grandpa Doc (1977)
Bruce'S Mother
Of Men of Women (1973)
Interviewer ("The Interview")
Notorious (1961)
Alicia Huberman

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Seekers (1979)

Life Events

1937

At age 10, made first stage appearance at the Loberto Theater in Santa Barbara, CA, in the fantasy play, "Golden Ball" (date approximate)

1950

Feature film debut in a small supporting role in "Molly"

1951

Played first leading lady roles in "The First Legion" and "Flaming Feather"

1962

First TV series, "Saints and Sinners"

1971

TV-movie debut, "Suddenly Single" (ABC)

1973

Last feature film for seven years, "Superdad"

1980

Returned to features to play a supporting role in "Can't Stop the Music"

1996

Co-starred in "Widow's Kiss" (HBO)

1997

Had recurring role as Stephen Collins' mother on "7th Heaven" (The WB)

Photo Collections

Robin and the 7 Hoods - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release movie posters from Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), starring Frank Sinatra and members of the Rat Pack. Included is a rare British Quad poster.
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Scene Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Scene Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Illustrations
Here in black-and-white are finished illustrations from Universal Pictures' Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), starring Rock Hudson. Originally prepared by the studio publicity department for movie posters, such art was often photographed for stills and made available for newspaper and magazine reproduction.
Taza, Son of Cochise - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Captain Lightfoot - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Captain Lightfoot (1955), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, and Jeff Morrow. 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.
Captain Lightfoot - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Universal Pictures' Captain Lightfoot (1955), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, and Jeff Morrow.
Captain Lightfoot - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Universal Pictures' Captain Lightfoot (1955), starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, and Jeff Morrow. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, taken for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Captain Lightfoot - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Universal Pictures' Captain Lightfoot (1955), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, and Jeff Morrow.
Captain Lightfoot - Movie Posters
Here are some original-release movie posters from Universal Pictures' Captain Lightfoot (1955), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, and Jeff Morrow.
Taza, Son of Cochise - Movie Posters
Taza, Son of Cochise - Movie Posters
Taza, Son of Cochise - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Taza, Son of Cochise (1954). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

It Came From Outer Space (1953) - It's A Nice Town Richard Carlson narrates about his fictional town, working from writer Ray Bradbury’s only original material ever written for a movie, introducing himself and Barbara Rush, with many shots, including a big meteor, created for the original 3-D exhibition, opening It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - Like Nothing We've Ever Seen First to the scene of the meteor impact, writer and amateur astronomer John (Richard Carlson) has told his gal Ellen and chopper pilot Pete (Barbara Rush, Dave Willock) to hang back, as he gets a good look at more effects designed for the 3-D feature, from a Ray Bradbury story, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - The Desert Can Kill John (Richard Carlson) is getting public mockery and sympathy from only girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush) for his claims that he found a spaceship in the meteor crater now covered by an avalanche, stopping by a tree that spooked them the night before, with a trace of the alien’s trail, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - The Wind Gets In The Wires Not far from the site where the meteor landed, and where we know he really did see a spaceship, John (Richard Carlson) and girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush) visit with friendly electrical linemen George and Frank (Russell Johnson, Joe Sawyer), sharing more insight from the original Ray Bradbury story, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
When Worlds Collide (1951) - Most Frightening Discovery Producer George Pal goes biblical with the opening, ubiquitous Paul Frees narration and Rudolph Maté directing, through a backdrop that looks like the Hale telescope at Mount Palomar, CA, described as an imaginary South African observatory, we meet Hayden Rorke (later known as Dr Bellows on TV’s I Dream Of Jeannie) as Bronson, with aides, describing grim findings, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
When Worlds Collide (1951) - The End Of The World Playboy international courier Randall (Richard Derr) headed to New York from South Africa, handcuffed to secret scientific data he knows little about, is pleased to be collected by fetching Joyce (Barbara Rush), daughter of his recipient, John Ridgely the customs chief, James Seay the hustling reporter, in producer George Pal’s When World’s Collide, 1951.
When Worlds Collide (1951) - The World Prays More momentous narration from Paul Frees, as world opinion has coalesced around predictions that planet Zyra, then a star, will overwhelm earth, Randall and Joyce (Richard Derr, Barbara Rush) in the control center with her scientist father (Larry Keating) and John Hoyt as the disabled unstable financier Stanton, the escape rocket ready, as producer George Pal lets loose the SFX, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) - If You Brought A Shotgun... Respectable but poor Tony (Paul Newman), a semester short of finishing Princeton, and Joan (Barbara Rush), his affluent lovestruck girlfriend, have decided to elope but get intercepted by his long-widowed mother (Diane Brewster), and her high-powered lawyer father (John Williams), in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) - I Always Used A Diagram Law student Tony, now cynical due to earlier setbacks, is spending the summer helping rich retiring lawyer Wharton (Otto Kruger) write a book, drawing all the attention of his young wife Carol (Alexis Smith), the three of them then receiving guests Carter and Joan (Fred Eisley, Barbara Rush), who was once, secretly, Tony’s fianceè, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) - Pleasant Or Unpleasant Still in his first scene and semi-shirtless, Paul Newman as summering Princeton man Tony, who has no idea his construction company owner boss is his real father, has to step in when his driver Carson (Lennie Bremen) crashes into Barbara Rush, making probably her best entrance ever, as society gal Joan, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
No Down Payment (1957) - Born At The Right Time At the barbecue Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens are new arrivals David and Jean, all are accustomed to Tony Randall (as Jerry) drinking, Barbara Rush, Sheree North, Patricia Owens and Joanne Woodward as spouses, Cameron Mitchell as Troy, Pat Hingle the host Herm, in the suburban exposè No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - Open, Serving All Of Southern California Pretty fascinating as a record of early suburban LA, interstates and roads around Pacific Palisades, Martin Ritt directing Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens in the car, Cameron Mitchell, Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Sheree North, Barbara Rush among their neighbors-to-be leaving church, opening No Down Payment, 1957.

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Family

Roy L Rush
Father
Marguerite Rush
Mother
Chris Hunter
Son
Photographer. Son with Jeffrey Hunter.
Claudia Cowan
Daughter
TV news anchor. Daughter with Warren Cowan; married to sports agent Steve Baker with whom she has has twins Benjamin and Sabrina.

Companions

Jeffrey Hunter
Husband
Actor. Married in 1950; divorced in 1955.
Warren Cowan
Husband
Public relations executive. Married and divorced; renewed relationship in late 1980s but separated in the 1990s.
James Gruzalski
Husband
Married in 1970; divorced.

Bibliography

Notes

Barbara Rush lived for many years in the former home of Hedda Hopper.