Ruth Donnelly

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Ruth Donnelly
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Born (1896-05-17)May 17, 1896
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Died November 17, 1982(1982-11-17) (aged 86)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1913–1965
Spouse(s) Basil de Guichard (1932–1958; his death)[1]

Ruth Donnelly (May 17, 1896 – November 17, 1982) was an American stage and film actress.

According to a 1915 article in The Day Book, the young Donnelly was forced to leave Sacred Heart Convert in New Jersey because she repeatedly broke into laughter at inappropriate times.[2] She began her stage career at the age of 17 in 1913 in The Quaker Girl.[citation needed] The Day Book article also states that actress Rose Stahl took the teen under her wing and, after giving her training and a year's experience in the chorus, placed the then 18-year-old in the play Maggie Pepper.[2] 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).[citation needed]

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.

Her uncle, Frederick W. Donnelly, was the longtime mayor of Trenton, New Jersey.[1][3]

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