Ruth Hale (playwright and actress)
Hale was born in Granger, Utah (now West Valley City), and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and her husband, James Nathan Hale, moved to California to seek out opportunities in Hollywood. With little success finding film roles, they founded the Glendale Centre Theater. Ruth Hale wrote many original plays for the venue including A Choice Land and How Near the Angels.
The Hales were also playwrights. They wrote their first play together, Handcart Trails, to save on the budget of a ward play production in Granger in the 1930s. This play was published in the MIA Book of Plays in 1940. Their play, Melody Jones, was shown to a national audience by Kurt Television Theatre.
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Ruth Hale's grandchildren include:
- Film director Kurt Hale
- Actor Will Swenson
- Hale Centre Theatre CEO Mark Dietlein
- Illustrator Nathan Hale
Director and producer
- Oliver Cowdery: Witness to the Book of Mormon (1954)- Screenplay writer and co-producer with her husband.
- A Choice Land (1954)- producer.
- Is Fast Day A Headache (1956)- producer.
- Ruth Hale on IMDb
- Ruth Hale at the MLCA Database
- Website of Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, Utah
- Nathan and Ruth Hale plays, MSS 1278, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
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