Most of her roles through 1948 were uncredited
Stage Door Canteen
Since You Went Away
Song of Nevada
Storm Over Lisbon
She Gets Her Man
See My Lawyer
The Affairs of Susan
You Came Along
A Night in Casablanca
Belle Starr’s Daughter
Beyond the Forest
Always Leave Them Laughing
Lightning Strikes Twice
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Young Man With Ideas
The Far Country
The Shanghai Story
Down Three Dark Streets
The Bottom of the Bottle
Great Day in the Morning
Rebel in Town
5 Steps to Danger
Amère victoire (UK title: Bitter Victory)
Look in Any Window
Milagro a los cobardes
Love Has Many Faces
The Killing Kind
A Knife for the Ladies
Day of the Animals
Ruth Roman was never nominated for an Academy Award.
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Ruth Roman was born on December 22, 1922 to Mary Pauline (née Gold) and Abraham Roman. Her mother was a dancer and her father a barker in a carnival that they owned at Revere, Massachusetts. She had two sisters, Ann and Eve. Her father died when Ruth was eight, and her mother was forced to sell the carnival.
As a girl, she attended the William Blackstone School and Girls’ High School in Boston. She pursued her desire to become an actress by enrolling in the prestigious Bishop Lee Dramatic School in Boston. She enhanced her skills with work in the New England Repertory Company and the Elizabeth Peabody Players.
Heading to New York City, Roman hoped to find success on Broadway. Instead, she worked as a cigarette girl, a hat check girl and a model to make a living and save money. Four years later, Roman journeyed to Hollywood, where she obtained bit parts in several films before being cast in the title role in the thirteen-episode serial Jungle Queen (1945).
She played an important supporting role in the film, Champion (1949), as the (shotgun-wedded) wife of a boxer played by Oscar-nominated Kirk Douglas. In one of her most memorable roles, Roman co-starred with Farley Granger and Robert Walker in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train (1951). In the film Three Secrets (1950), she played a distraught mother waiting to learn whether or not her child survived an airplane crash.
Roman was a love interest to James Stewart in the Anthony Mann-directed western The Far Country (1955). She was the leading lady in other westerns, including Colt .45 (1950) with Randolph Scott and Dallas (1950) with Gary Cooper.
The actress had top billing in a pair of dramas, Tomorrow Is Another Day and Lightning Strikes Twice (both 1951). She was featured prominently in the adventure stories Mara Maru (1952) with Errol Flynn, Tanganyika and The Shanghai Story (both 1954), co-starred with Van Johnson in the films Invitation (1952) and The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) and had top billing again in 5 Steps to Danger (1957), a spy film, opposite Sterling Hayden.
Although she never achieved the level of success as a leading lady that many predicted, Roman did work regularly in films well up to the late 1950s. Then she began making appearances on television shows. These included recurring roles in NBC’s 1965–1966 The Long, Hot Summer and, toward the end of her career, recurring roles in the 1986 season of Knots Landing and several episodes of Murder, She Wrote, both on CBS.
Married four times:
- William Ross Wilson (4 May 1976 – 9 September 1999) (her death)
- Budd Burton Moss (8 November 1956 – 10 August 1960) (annulled)
- Mortimer Wadhams Hall (17 December 1950 – 14 October 1956) (divorced) (1 child)
- Jack Flaxman (1940 – 1941) (divorced)
Roman died at the age of 76 in her sleep of natural causes at her beachfront villa on Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, California, on September 9, 1999. She was survived by her son, Richard Roman Hall.