Ruth Terry

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Ruth Terry
Born Ruth McMahon
(1920-10-21) October 21, 1920 (age 93)
Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Film actress, singer
Years active 1937-1964
Spouse(s) John Ledbetter (1966-present)

Ruth Terry, born Ruth McMahon (born 21 October 1920), is a retired American singer and TV and screen actress from the 1930s to the 1960s. She claimed her stage name came from Walter Winchell, who combined the names of two then famous baseball players, Babe Ruth and Bill Terry.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, she won a number of prizes for singing before singing with the Paul Ash Theater Orchestra at the age of twelve. Her first movie was Love and Hisses in 1937 with Walter Winchell, at which time she was earning $400 per week. Her first western was Call of the Canyon with Gene Autry. She appeared in several Roy Rogers movies. Her best-known movie was Pistol Packin' Mama, based on the song of the same name with Robert Livingston. She retired when she married her second husband in 1966.[2]


  • Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938; 20th Century Fox)
  • Slightly Honorable (1939; United Artists)
  • Blondie Goes Latin (‘41 Columbia)
  • Unforgotten Crime ('42 Republic)
  • Call of the Canyon (‘42 Republic)
  • Heart of the Golden West (‘42 Republic)
  • Man From Music Mountain (‘43 Republic)
  • Hands Across the Border (‘44 Republic) w. Robert Livingston and Aurora Miranda
  • Tell It to a Star ('45 Republic)
  • Smoky River Serenade (‘47 Columbia)
  • The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942)


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Mike. "Ruth Terry Interview". Western Clippings. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ruth Terry, Miami film discovery, appears at Lincoln Theater tonight". The Miami News. December 27, 1939. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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