|Born||Ruth Emily Gillmore
26 October 1899
London, England, U.K.
|Other names||Ruth Gillmore Sonino|
|Spouse(s)||Max Sonino (to her death)|
Gillmore was the daughter of Frank Gillmore, former president of Actors' Equity, and the actress Laura MacGillivray, and the sister of actress Margalo Gillmore. Her great-aunt was the British actor-manager Sarah Thorne, and her great-uncles were the actors Thomas Thorne and George Thorne.
A fourth-generation actor on her father's side, Gillmore's first professional appearance was as an unborn child in Maurice Maeterlinck's The Betrothal in New York in 1918. Her later theatrical appearances included Edie Upton in The Robbery (1921), Jeanne in The Nest (1922), The '49ers (1922), No Sirree! (1922), Gail Carlton in No More Frontiers (1931), and Mrs Howard in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1934-5).
She married theatre producer Max Sonino (28 June 1905–15 May 1976) in Florence in Italy. They met when he produced the 1931 play No More Frontiers, in which she had appeared. Together they translated the Italian plays Finding Oneself (1933) by Luigi Pirandello, and Giovacchino Forzano's Gutlibi and The Bells of San Lucio. Their daughter was Mildred Sonino (18 February 1936–January 1986).
- The Works of J.M. Kerrigan on Internet Movie Database
- The '49ers (1922) on the Internet Broadway Database
- Critics Are Actors to Actor Audiences; Present Burlesques on Modern Works to Broadway Theatre Folk' The New York Times 1 May 1922
- Ruth Gillmore at the Internet Broadway Database
- No More Frontiers (1931) on broadwayworld.com
- Catalog of copyright entries, Part 1 By Library of Congress Copyright Office pg 104 Google Books
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