Thanks to Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and her diligence at recognizing & celebrating the lives of memorable actors, directors and entertainers, I learned that it was Ruth Roman’s birthday on December 22. We lost Ruth Roman in 1999 –she would have been 94! I have always been a passionate fan of her work, because of her authentic, rugged & earthy sensuality that was always a bit edgier than the average film star. Some of my favorite performances of Ruth Roman’s have been Three Secrets 1950, in the fabulous noir paired with Steve Cochran in Tomorrow is Another Day 1951, Down Three Dark Streets 1954, 5 Steps to Danger 1957 the chemistry with Sterling Hayden is fabulous and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’s episode which brought her together with another favorite of mine, Anne Francis in What Really Happened (1963) and Love Has Many Faces 1965. Of course I can’t begin to describe her over the top campy performance as Mrs. Wadsworth in director Ted Post’s The Baby 1973.
If I can get my Mo JoJo back and start writing again at The Last Drive in, doing a feature on Ruth Roman is something I’ve wanted to do for a while…
10 thoughts on “Happy Belated Birthday Ruth Roman!”
Oh, this has been a mojo and mo jojo-sapping year, hasn’t it? Anyway, how are you doing otherwise? The collective we do miss those lenghty and well-researched posts. But take your time and get what you can done whenever. It’s always worth the wait!
Hey!!!! first off, happy new years with the hope that some of our collective trauma might ease up… I’m hangin’ in, and thanks so much for your always thoughtful & funny comments here at The Last Drive In–How are you doing?
Eh, getting older and maybe not wiser, but still humming along (rebel without a tune?) Happy New Year to you as well!
My favourite Ruth Roman film is 5 Steps to Danger
I’m watching it now! She’s fabulous in it, and I love the chemistry between Ruth & Sterling Hayden!
It’s so subtle, isn’t it? They are both good at that.
It made me wonder if it was based on real stories of refugees from wartime
You’re right about Ruth R. – she has an authentic quality about her. Her appeal doesn’t feel “manufactured” like some movie folks.
Happy New Year’s, Joey. I hope 2018 will be wonderful to you. :)
God bless you with discernment.
She is amazing
@ Quotes Tadka