Ruth Donnelly

Ruth Donnelly

  • Born on
    • May 17th, 1896
  • Died on
    • November 17th, 1982
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ruth Donnelly (May 17, 1896 – November 17, 1982) was an American stage and film actress. Her father was the mayor of Trenton, New Jersey. She began her stage career at the age of 17 in 1913, in The Quaker Girl. Her Broadway debut brought her to the attention of George M. Cohan, who proceeded to cast her in numerous comic-relief roles in such musicals as Going Up (1917). Though she made her first film appearance in 1913, her Hollywood career began in earnest in 1931 and lasted until 1957. In her films she often played the wife of Guy Kibbee (Footlight Parade, Wonder Bar, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington). Among her roles was the part of Sister Michael in The Bells of St. Mary's, starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.


Acting (33 Credits)

1956Autumn Leaves as Liz Eckhart
1955A Lawless Street as Molly Higgins
1951I'd Climb the Highest Mountain as Glory White
1951The Secret of Convict Lake as Mary Fancher
1950Where the Sidewalk Ends as Martha
1948The Snake Pit as Ruth
1945The Bells of St. Mary's as Sister Michael
1943This Is the Army as Mrs. O'Brien
1943Thank Your Lucky Stars as Nurse Hamilton
1941You Belong to Me as Emma
1940My Little Chickadee as Aunt Lou
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Emma Hopper
1938A Slight Case of Murder as Nora Marko
1936More Than a Secretary as Helen Davis
1936Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Mabel Dawson
1936Cain and Mabel as Aunt Mimi
1935Alibi Ike as Bess
1935Hands Across the Table as Laura
1934Housewife as Dora Wilson
1934Mandalay as Mrs. George Peters
1934Heat Lightning as Mrs. Ashton-Ashley
1934Wonder Bar as Emma Simpson
1933Private Detective 62 as Amy Moran
1933Ever in My Heart as Lizzie
1933Female as Miss Frothingham
1933Hard to Handle as Lil Waters
1933Bureau of Missing Persons as Gwendolyn 'Pete' Harris
1933Footlight Parade as Mrs. Harriet Gould
1933Ladies They Talk About as Noonan
1933Employees' Entrance as Miss Hall
1933Goodbye Again as Richview Hotel Maid
1932Blessed Event as Miss Stevens
1932Make Me a Star as The Countess

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