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Ann Rutherford

Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, Ann was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in 1925. Ann appeared in many plays and on radio for the next nine years before making her first screen appearance in Waterfront Lady (1935). Ann's talent was readily apparent, and she was signed to three films in 1935: Waterfront Lady (1935), Melody Trail (1935), and The Fighting Marines (1935). By now, she was a leading lady in the fabled Westerns with two legends, John Wayne and Gene Autry. By the time Ann was 17, she inked a deal with MGM, where she would gain the status of superstar for her portrayal of Polly Benedict in the popular Andy Hardy series with Mickey Rooney. Ann's first role as Polly was in 1938, in You're Only Young Once (1937). Three more Hardy films were produced that same year: Out West with the Hardys (1938), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), and Judge Hardy's Children (1938). Ann found time to play in other productions, too. One that is still loved today is the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol (1938), in which she played the sweet role of the Spirit of Christmas Past. In 1939, Ann played the role of Annie Hawks in Of Human Hearts (1938) in addition to three more Andy Hardy films. But that year also saw Ann land a role in the most popular film in film history. She played Careen O'Hara, Scarlett's little sister, in Gone with the Wind (1939). Plenty of fans of the Andy Hardy series went to see it just for Ann. The film was unquestionably a super hit. Ann then resumed making other movies. While working for MGM, Ann, along with the other stars, was under the watchful eye of movie mogul Louis B. Mayer. The bottom line was profit, and Mayer kept performers' salaries minimized as much as possible. Most tried to get raises and failed. Even Mickey Rooney was decidedly underpaid during his glory years at MGM. But not Ann Rutherford. When she asked for a raise, she took out her bankbook and, showing him the amount it contained, told Mayer she had promised her mother a new house. Ann got her raise. In 1942 at the age of 22, Ann appeared in her last Andy Hardy film, Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942). She then left MGM and freelanced her talent. Ann was still in demand. In 1943, she appeared in Happy Land (1943), but it was a little later in her career when she appeared in two big hits. In 1947, she played Gertrude Griswold in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Donna Elena in Adventures of Don Juan in 1948. After that, Ann appeared in several TV programs and didn't return to the silver screen until 1972, in They Only Kill Their Masters (1972). Her last role came in 1976 in the dismal Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), whereupon she retired. Ann was approached to play the older Rose in 1998's mega hit Titanic (1997) but turned it down. She happily enjoyed her retirement being constantly deluged with fan mail and granting several interviews and appearances. Ann Rutherford died at her Beverly Hills home on June 11, 2012 with her close friend Anne Jeffreys by her side. She was 94 years old.


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Born:
Nov 2, 1917 In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
68
First Appeared:
In the movie Student Tour 1934-10-05
Latest Project:
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009-07-02
Known For

Ann Rutherford Movies Filmography

Movie
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
2009-07-02
Movie
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
Herself 1988-10-01
Movie
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie
Won Ton Ton: the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Grayson's Studio Secretary 1976-07-26
Movie
They Only Kill Their Masters
Gloria 1972-11-22
Series
The Bob Newhart Show
Unknown 1972-09-16
Series
Perry Mason
Unknown 1957-09-21
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Operation Haylift
Clara Masters 1950-05-05
Movie
Adventures of Don Juan
Donna Elena 1948-12-01
Movie
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Gertrude Griswold 1947-09-01
Movie
Inside Job
Claire Norton 1946-06-14
Movie
Murder in the Music Hall
Gracie 1946-04-10
Movie
The Madonna's Secret
Linda 'Morgan' North 1946-02-16
Movie
Her Favorite Patient
Lola Cross 1945-06-22
Movie
Two O'Clock Courage
Patty Mitchell 1945-04-13
Movie
Bermuda Mystery
Constance Martin 1944-05-01
Movie
Take It or Leave It
Herself 1944-07-17
Movie
Whistling in Brooklyn
Carol Lambert 1943-12-01
Movie
Happy Land
Lenore Prentiss 1943-11-10
Movie
Show-Business at War
Herself 1943-05-21
Movie
Whistling in Dixie
Carol Lambert 1942-12-31
Movie
Andy Hardy's Double Life
Polly Benedict 1942-12-01
Movie
Orchestra Wives
Connie Ward Abbot 1942-09-04
Movie
The Courtship of Andy Hardy
Polly Benedict 1942-03-03
Movie
Badlands Of Dakota
Anne Grayson 1941-09-15
Movie
Life Begins for Andy Hardy
Polly Benedict 1941-08-15
Movie
Whistling in the Dark
Carol Lambert 1941-08-08
Movie
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary
Polly Benedict 1941-02-21
Movie
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
Polly Benedict 1940-07-05
Movie
Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things
Polly Benedict (uncredited) 1940-01-01
Movie
The Ghost Comes Home
Billie Adams 1940-03-08
Movie
Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Herself 1940-05-29
Movie
Pride and Prejudice
Lydia Bennet 1940-07-26
Movie
Wyoming
Lucy Kincaid 1940-09-13
Movie
Keeping Company
Mary Thomas 1940-12-27
Movie
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Herself 1940-07-31
Movie
Judge Hardy and Son
Polly Benedict 1939-12-22
Movie
Gone with the Wind
Carreen O'Hara 1939-12-15
Movie
Dancing Co-Ed
Eve Greeley 1939-09-29
Movie
These Glamour Girls
Mary Rose Wilston 1939-08-18
Movie
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
Polly Benedict 1939-07-21
Movie
Angel of Mercy
Sister of Dead Soldier (uncredited) 1939-05-20
Movie
The Hardys Ride High
Polly Benedict 1939-04-21
Movie
Four Girls in White
Patricia 'Pat' Page 1939-01-27
Movie
Love Finds Andy Hardy
Polly Benedict 1938-07-22
Movie
Judge Hardy's Children
Polly Benedict 1938-03-26
Movie
Of Human Hearts
Annie Hawks 1938-02-11
Movie
Out West with the Hardys
Polly Benedict 1938-11-25
Movie
A Christmas Carol
Spirit of Christmas Past 1938-12-16
Movie
Dramatic School
Yvonne 1938-12-09
Movie
You're Only Young Once
Polly Benedict 1937-12-10
Movie
The Bride Wore Red
Third Peasant Girl 1937-10-15
Movie
The Devil Is Driving
Kitty Wooster 1937-06-25
Movie
Public Cowboy No. 1
Helen Morgan 1937-06-11
Movie
Carnival in Paris
Lisette 1937-05-29
Movie
Espionage
Train Passenger 1937-02-26
Movie
The Lawless Nineties
Janet Carter 1936-02-15
Movie
The Oregon Trail
Anne Ridgeley 1936-01-18
Movie
The Lonely Trail
Virginia Terry 1936-05-25
Movie
Comin' 'Round the Mountain
Dolores Moreno 1936-04-13
Movie
The Harvester
Ruth Jameson 1936-04-18
Movie
Down to the Sea
Helen Pappas 1936-05-30
Movie
The Singing Vagabond
Lettie Morgan 1935-12-16
Movie
The Fighting Marines
Frances Schiller 1935-11-22
Movie
Melody Trail
Millicent Thomas 1935-10-21
Movie
Waterfront Lady
Joan O'Brien 1935-10-04
Movie
Student Tour
Student 1934-10-05

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