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Ruth Roman

Filmography

Most of her roles through 1948 were uncredited

 

1943      

Stage Door Canteen

 

1944      

Ladies Courageous 

Since You Went Away 

Song of Nevada 

Storm Over Lisbon 

Harmony Trail

 

1945      

She Gets Her Man 

Jungle Queen

See My Lawyer 

The Affairs of Susan 

You Came Along

Incendiary Blonde 

 

1946      

Gilda

Without Reservations 

A Night in Casablanca 

 

1948      

The Big Clock 

Good Sam 

Belle Starr’s Daughter 

 

1949      

Champion 

The Window 

Beyond the Forest 

Always Leave Them Laughing 

 

1950      

Barricade 

Colt .45 

Three Secrets 

Dallas 

 

1951      

Lightning Strikes Twice 

Strangers on a Train 

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Starlift 

 

1952      

Invitation 

Mara Maru 

Young Man With Ideas 

 

1953      

Blowing Wild 

Tanganyika 

 

1954      

The Far Country 

The Shanghai Story 

Down Three Dark Streets 

 

1955      

Joe MacBeth 

 

1956      

The Bottom of the Bottle 

Great Day in the Morning 

Rebel in Town 

5 Steps to Danger 

 

1957      

Amère victoire (UK title: Bitter Victory)

 

1959      

Desert Desperadoes 

 

1961      

Look in Any Window 

 

1962      

Milagro a los cobardes 

 

1965      

Love Has Many Faces 

 

1973      

The Baby 

The Killing Kind 

 

1974      

Impulse 

A Knife for the Ladies 

 

1977      

Day of the Animals

 

1979      

The Sacketts 

 

1982      

Echoes

Awards

Ruth Roman was never nominated for an Academy Award.

Fan Favorite Films

Champion 

The Window 

The Far Country 

Strangers on a Train 

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Biographies, Actress

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.