|Born:||June 12, 1920|
|Birthplace:||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died||November 19, 2004(aged 84)|
|Deathplace:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Appeared on:||Three's Company|
|Character played:||Harriet Hadley in the episode "Jack to the Rescue" (Season 5)|
Life and careerEdit
Ruth, a native of New York City, was an established stage actress on Broadway for three decades before venturing into the world of TV and films. She made her Broadway debut in 1950 in the Broadway play The Tower Beyond Tragedy. She also appeared in such stage productions as Sticks and Bones, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Little Murders. Ruth would make her TV series debut on the TV series Deadline in 1961; other TV show appearances included appearances on the long-running CBS-TV soap opera Guiding Light in 1969, and numerous guest appearances in the 1970's All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Rhoda, The Waltons, and Lou Grant, as well as appearances in the films No Deposit, No Return (1976), Cat Murkil and the Silks (1977) and The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980).
Ruth is perhaps most familiar to TV viewers for her role as "Aunt Harriet" in a series of Kraft Mayonnaise commercials during the 1980s. In that decade, more TV series guest roles would continue, appearing in such shows as Sanford, Quincy, M.E., Remington Steele and in the 1990's, in MacGyver, profiler, and ER, her last TV series appearance, as well as parts in the TV films Between Two Brothers (1981), Billionaire Boys Club (1987) and Caught In THe Act (1993), and notable appearances in the films The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980), and the comedy Stewardess School (1986).
In one of her final stage performances, Ruth appeared as the German grandmother in a production of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers", off-Broadway. Ruth died in 2004, after she collapsed and died of a heart seizure while auditioning for a TV role.