Barbara Rush as part of the Peyton Place (TV series) cast, 1968–1969
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara (1948)|
|Home town||Santa Barbara, California, U.S.|
Jeffrey Hunter (m. 1950–1955)
Warren Cowan (m. 1959–1970)
Jim Gruzalski (m. 1970–1973)
|Children||2; including Claudia Cowan|
|Awards||1954 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female|
1970 Sarah Siddons Award
Barbara Rush (born January 4, 1927) is an American actress. In 1954, Rush won the Golden Globe Award as most promising female newcomer for her role in the 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, It Came From Outer Space. Later in her career, Rush became a regular performer in the television series Peyton Place, and appeared in TV movies, miniseries, and a variety of other programs, including the soap opera All My Children, as well as starring in films including The Young Philadelphians, The Young Lions, Robin and the 7 Hoods and Hombre.
Early life and education
Rush was born in Denver. Her father, Roy, was a lawyer for a Midwest mining company. She grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 1948.
Rush performed on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse before signing with Paramount Pictures. She made her screen debut in 1951. In 1952 she starred in Flaming Feather with Sterling Hayden and Victor Jory. In 1954 she won the Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer – Female" for her performance in It Came from Outer Space.
Rush starred as the wife of James Mason in the acclaimed 1956 drama Bigger Than Life, in which a school teacher's use of an experimental drug results in his threatening harm to his family. She was the love interest of reluctant soldier Dean Martin in the war story The Young Lions and of ambitious lawyer Paul Newman in The Young Philadelphians.
Rush began her career on stage and it has always been a part of her professional life. In 1970, she earned the Sarah Siddons Award for dramatic achievement in Chicago theatre for her leading role in Forty Carats and brought her one-woman play A Woman of Independent Means to Broadway in 1984. She began working on television in the 1950s. She later became a regular performer in TV movies, miniseries, and a variety of other shows including Peyton Place and the soap opera All My Children.
In 1962, she guest-starred as Linda Kinkcaid in the episode "Make Me a Place" on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour starring Wendell Corey and Jack Ging. In 1962–63, she appeared three times as Lizzie Hogan on Saints and Sinners. In 1965, she appeared in a 2-part episode of The Fugitive entitled "Landscape with Running Figures" as Marie Gerard. In 1967, she guest starred on the ABC western series Custer.
She often played a willful woman of means or a polished, high-society doyenne. Rush also was cast in an occasional villainess role, as in the Rat Pack's gangster musical Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) and in the Western drama Hombre (1967), as a rich, condescending wife of a thief who ends up taken hostage and tied to a stake. She portrayed the devious Nora Clavicle in the TV series Batman. In 1976, Rush played the role of Ann Sommers/Chris Stewart, the mother of female sci-fi action character Jaime Sommers, in The Bionic Woman.
After appearing in the 1980 disco-themed Can't Stop the Music, Rush returned to television work. She was a cast member on the early 1980s soap opera Flamingo Road as Eudora Weldon. In 1998, she was featured in an episode called "Balance of Nature" on the television series The Outer Limits. In 1989, Rush toured on stage in the national company of Steel Magnolias as the character "M'Lynn". She has continued to make guest appearances on television. In 2007, she played the recurring role of Grandma Ruth Camden on the series 7th Heaven.
Rush married actor Jeffrey Hunter in 1950 and divorced in 1955. She married publicist Warren Cowan in 1959, but divorced in 1969. Rush married sculptor Jim Gruzalski in 1970 after meeting at an Engelbert Humperdinck concert at the Greek Theatre. They divorced in 1973.
- The Goldbergs (1950) as Debby Sherman
- Quebec (1951) as Madelon
- The First Legion (1951) as Terry Gilmartin
- When Worlds Collide (1951) as Joyce Hendron
- Flaming Feather (1952) as Nora Logan
- Prince of Pirates (1953) as Countess Nita Orde
- It Came from Outer Space (1953) as Ellen Fields
- Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) as Oona
- Magnificent Obsession (1954) as Joyce Phillips
- The Black Shield of Falworth (1954) as Meg
- Captain Lightfoot (1955) as Aga Doherty
- Kiss of Fire (1955) as Princess Lucia
- World in My Corner (1956) as Dorothy Mallinson
- Bigger Than Life (1956) as Lou Avery
- Flight to Hong Kong (1956) as Pamela Vincent
- Oh Men! Oh Women! (1957) as Myra Hagerman
- No Down Payment (1957) as Betty Kreitzer
- The Young Lions (1958) as Margaret Freemantle
- Harry Black and the Tiger (1958) as Christian Tanner
- The Young Philadelphians (1959) as Joan Dickinson
- The Bramble Bush (1960) as Margaret 'Mar' McFie
- Strangers When We Meet (1960) as Eve Coe
- Come Blow Your Horn (1963) as Connie
- Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) as Marian
- Hombre (1967) as Audra Favor
- Strategy of Terror (1969) as Karen Lownes
- The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972, TV Movie) as Katharine Winslow
- The Man (1972) as Kay Eaton
- Moon of the Wolf (1972, TV Movie) as Louise Rodanthe
- Peege (1973, Short) as Mom
- Superdad (1973) as Sue McCready
- The Last Day (1975, TV Movie) as Betty Spence
- The Seekers (1979, TV Mini-Series) as Peggy Kent
- Death Car on the Freeway (1979, TV Movie) as Rosemary
- Can't Stop the Music (1980) as Norma White
- Summer Lovers (1982) as Jean Featherstone
- The Night the Bridge Fell Down (1983, TV Movie) as Elaine Howard
- Web of Deceit (1990, TV Movie) as Judith
- Widow's Kiss (1996, TV Movie) as Edith Fitzpatrick
- The Golden Ball (1937) First Stage Role
- The Little Foxes (1948) USC Santa Barbara, 1975
- Antony and Cleopatra (1950) Pasadena Playhouse
- Summer Stock With Anthony Perkins (1951)
- The Madwoman of Chaillot with Jeffrey Hunter (1951)
- The Voice of the Turtle With Jeffrey Hunter (1953)
- Always April (1969)
- 40 Carats (1969-1971,1972) National Tour
- The Four Poster (1971)
- Unsinkable Molly Brown (1972)
- Butterflies Are Free (1972,1981)
- Private Lives (1973) National Tour with Louis Jourdan
- Father's Day (1974) National Tour with Carole Cook
- Finishing Touches (1974, 1978)
- Hay Fever (1975,1980)
- Kennedy's Children (1975, 1976)
- Endangered Species (1976)
- Same Time, Next Year (1976-1978) National Tour
- Night of the Iguana (1978)
- Twigs (1980)
- The Supporting Cast (1982) National Tour with Carole Cook and Sandy Dennis
- Blithe Spirit (1982-1983)
- Disabled Genius (1983)
- Woman of Independent Means (1983-1988) Broadway and National Tour
- Steel Magnolias (1988-1989) National Tour with Carole Cook, June Lockhart and Marion Ross
- Love Letters (1990-1993)
- Vagina Monologues (1995-1997)
- A Delicate Balance (1993)
- The Golden Age (1997)
- Make Me A Place at Forest Lawn (2002-2007)
- Lux Video Theatre (1954-1956, 4 episodes) as Cathy / Ruth / Charlotte / Joyce Gavin
- Playhouse 90 (1957-1960, 2 episodes) as Liz / Clara
- The Eleventh Hour (1962, 1 episode) as Linda Kincaid
- Saints and Sinners (1962-1963, 4 episodes) as Lizzie Hogan
- The Outer Limits (1964, 1 episode: "The Forms of Things Unknown") as Leonora Edmond
- Dr. Kildare (1965, 2 episodes) as Madge Bannion
- The Fugitive (1965, 2 episodes) as Marie Lindsey Gerard
- Custer (1967, 1 episode) as Brigid O'Rourke
- Batman (1968, 2 episodes) as Nora Clavicle
- Peyton Place (1968-1969, 75 episodes) as Marsha Russell
- Mannix (1968–1975, 2 episodes) as Rebekah Bigelow / Celia Bell
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1972, 2 episodes) as Dorothy Carpenter / Nadine Cabot
- Medical Center (1969-1974, 4 episodes) as Claire / Pauline / Judy / Nora Caldwell
- Love, American Style (1970, 1 episode) as Carol (segment "Love and the Motel")
- The Mod Squad (1971, 1 episode) as Mrs. Hamilton
- Ironside (1971-1972, 2 episodes) as Lorraine Simms / Mme. Jabez
- Night Gallery (1971, 1 episode) as Agatha Howard (segment "Cool Air")
- Maude (1972, 1 episode) as Phyllis 'Bunny' Nash
- Moon of the Wolf (1972, TV Movie) as Louise Rodanthe
- The Streets of San Francisco (1973, 1 episode) as Anna Slovatzka Marshall
- The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1973-1974, 3 episodes) as Margot Brighton
- The Bionic Woman (1976, 1 episode) as Ann Sommers / Chris Stuart
- The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978, 1 episode)
- Fantasy Island (1978-1984, 3 episodes) as Mildred Koster / Kathy Moreau / Professor Smith-Myles
- The Love Boat (1979, 2 episodes) as Eleanor Gardner
- Flamingo Road (1980-1982, 38 episodes) as Eudora Weldon
- Knight Rider (1983, 1 episode) as Elizabeth Knight
- Magnum, P.I. (1984-1987, 2 episodes) as Phoebe Sullivan / Ann Carrington
- Hearts Are Wild (1992, 1 episode) as Caroline Thorpe
- All My Children (1992-1994, 35 episodes recurring) as Nola Orsini
- The Outer Limits (1998, 1 episode) as Barbara Matheson
- 7th Heaven (1997-2007, 10 episodes) as Ruth Camden
- Bleeding Hearts (2017, Short) as Barbara Irons
- Warren 1982, pp. 151–63.
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- Turner, Diane (September 1, 1967). "Actress Spurns Roles That Disrupt Home Life". Montreal Gazette. p. 8. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
- "UCSB Notable Alumni". UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- Kaufman, Dave (1968). TV 69: Who's Who, What's What in the New TV Season. New York: Signet. p. 137.
- Barbara Rush on IMDb
- "Barbara Rush Named Chicago Actress Of Year". Park City Daily News. July 15, 1970. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
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- Stack, Peter (May 25, 1997). "Barbara Rush Still Striking Gold". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
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