Ruth Gillmore

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Ruth Gillmore
Ruth Gillmore
Born Ruth Emily Gillmore
26 October 1899
London, England, U.K.
Died February 1976
New York City
Other names Ruth Gillmore Sonino
Occupation Actress
Years active 1918-1935
Spouse(s) Max Sonino (to her death)

Ruth Emily Gillmore (26 October 1899 in London, England – February 1976 in New York City) was an English-born American stage actress.

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 City in 1918. Her later theatrical appearances included Edie Upton in The Robbery (1921),[1] Jeanne in The Nest (1922), The '49ers (1922),[2] No Sirree! (1922),[3] Gail Carlton in No More Frontiers (1931), and Mrs Howard in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1934-5).[4]

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.[5] Together they translated the Italian plays Finding Oneself (1933) by Luigi Pirandello,[6] and Giovacchino Forzano's Gutlibi and The Bells of San Lucio. Their daughter was Mildred Sonino (18 February 1936–January 1986).

With her sister Margalo Gillmore she was a member of the Algonquin Round Table. Ruth Gillmore died in New York City in February 1976 aged 76.