~Ruth Donnelly~

Born: May 17, 1896 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Died: November 17, 1982 (age 86) in New York City, New York, USA
~Filmography~
The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series) (1965)
- The Patient Nurse (1965) ... Mrs. Maloney
Harris Against the World (TV Series) (1964)
- Harris Against Aunt Cora (1964) ... Aunt Cora
East Side/West Side (TV Series) (1963)
- Creeps Live Here (1963) ... Mrs. Grevitch

The Way to the Gold (1957) ... Mrs. Williams
Cavalcade of America (TV Series) (1957)
- Are Trees People? (1957) ... Ma Dolan
Autumn Leaves (1956) ... Liz Eckhart
Crossroads (TV Series) (1956)
- Mother O'Brien (1956) ... Mother O'Brien
A Lawless Street (1955) ... Molly Higgins
The Spoilers (1955) ... Duchess
Mayor of the Town (TV Series) (1954)
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1954) ... Beth
The Imogene Coca Show (TV Series) (1954-1955)
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951) ... Maj. Ida Winton
The Secret of Convict Lake (1951) ... Mary Fancher
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) ... Glory White
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) ... Martha

Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) ... New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)
The Snake Pit (1948) ... Ruth
Fighting Father Dunne (1948) ... Kate Mulvey
The Fabulous Texan (1947) ... Utopia Mills
Little Miss Broadway (1947) ... Aunt Minerva Van Dorn
Millie's Daughter (1947) ... Helen Reilly
The Ghost Goes Wild (1947) ... Aunt Susan Beecher
Cross My Heart (1946) ... Eve Harper
In Old Sacramento (1946) ... Zebby Booker
Cinderella Jones (1946) ... Cora Elliot
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) ... Sister Michael
Pillow to Post (1945) ... Mrs. Grace Wingate
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) ... Nurse Hamilton
Sleepy Lagoon (1943) ... Sarah Rogers
This Is the Army (1943) ... Mrs. O'Brien
Johnny Doughboy (1942) ... Biggy Biggsworth
Rise and Shine (1941) ... Mame Bacon
You Belong to Me (1941) ... Emma
Sailors on Leave (1941) ... Aunt Navy
The Gay Vagabond (1941) ... Kate Dixon
Model Wife (1941) ... Mrs. Milo Everett
The Roundup (1941) ... Polly Hope
Petticoat Politics (1941) ... Lil Higgins
Meet the Missus (1940) ... Lil Higgins
Scatterbrain (1940) ... Miss Stevens
My Little Chickadee (1940) ... Aunt Lou

The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939) ... Effie Perkins
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) ... Mrs. Hopper
The Family Next Door (1939) ... Mrs. Pierce
Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) ... Josephine (Jo)
Personal Secretary (1938) ... Grumpy
The Affairs of Annabel (1938) ... Josephine (Jo)
Meet the Girls (1938) ... Daisy Watson
Army Girl (1938) ... Leila Kennett
A Slight Case of Murder (1938) ... Nora Marco
Portia on Trial (1937) ... Jane Wilkins
Roaring Timber (1937) ... Aunt Mary
More Than a Secretary (1936) ... Helen Davis
Cain and Mabel (1936) ... Aunt Mimi
Fatal Lady (1936) ... Melba York
13 Hours by Air (1936) ... Vi Johnson - Stewardess
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) ... Mabel Dawson
Song and Dance Man (1936) ... Patsy O'Madigan
Personal Maid's Secret (1935) ... Lizzie
Hands Across the Table (1935) ... Laura
Red Salute (1935) ... Mrs. Edith Rooney
Alibi Ike (1935) ... Bess
Traveling Saleslady (1935) ... Mrs. Twitchell
Maybe It's Love (1935) ... Florrie Sands
The White Cockatoo (1935) ... Mrs. Byng
Happiness Ahead (1934) ... Anna
Romance in the Rain (1934) ... Miss Sparks
Housewife (1934) ... Dora
Merry Wives of Reno (1934) ... Lois
Heat Lightning (1934) ... Mrs. Ashton-Ashley
Wonder Bar (1934) ... Mrs. Simpson
Mandalay (1934) ... Mrs. George Peters
Just Around the Corner (Short) (1933) ... Mrs. Sears
Convention City (1933) ... Mrs. Ellerbe
Havana Widows (1933) ... Emily Jones
Female (1933) ... Miss Frothingham
'Tis Spring (Short) (1933)
Ever in My Heart (1933) ... Lizzie, the Housekeeper
Footlight Parade (1933) ... Mrs. Harriet Gould
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) ... Pete
Goodbye Again (1933) ... Richview Hotel Maid
Sing Sinner Sing (1933) ... Margaret 'Maggie' Flannigan
Private Detective 62 (1933) ... Amy
Lilly Turner (1933) ... Edna Yokum
Ladies They Talk About (1933) ... Noonan
Hard to Handle (1933) ... Lil Waters
Employees' Entrance (1933) ... Miss Hall
Blessed Event (1932) ... Miss Stevens
Jewel Robbery (1932) ... Berta - Teri's Maid (uncredited)
Make Me a Star (1932) ... The Countess
The Rainbow Trail (1932) ... Widow Abigail
Wicked (1931) ... Fanny
The Spider (1931) ... Mrs. Wimbledon
Transatlantic (1931) ... Burbank (scenes deleted)

Rubber Heels (1927) ... Fanny Pratt

Saved by a Song (Short) (1916) ... Elsie
The Tenth Commandment (Short) (1914) ... The Doctor's Wife
In All Things Moderation (Short) (1914) ... Winnie Graham - the Youngest Daughter
When the Heart Calls (Short) (1914)
The Lady of the Island (Short) (1914) ... The Nurse
The Skull (Short) (1914)
The Man Who Lost, But Won (Short) (1914) ... Rose Mason - The Minister's Wife
~Biography~
The daughter of a New Jersey newspaper reporter/ critic/ editor, Ruth Donnelly made her first stage
appearance at 17, in the chorus of the touring show The Quaker Girl. Shortly afterward, she essayed the
first of hundreds of comedy roles in a theatrical piece called Margie Pepper. Her Broadway debut
occurred in 1914's A Scrap of Paper, which brought her to the attention of showman George M. Cohan,
who cast Ruth in choice comic-relief roles for the next five years. Her first film was 1927's Rubber Heels,
but Ruth didn't pursue a Hollywood career until the Wall Street crash reduced her opportunities in "live"
theatre. From 1932's Blessed Event onward, Ruth was one of Tinseltown's favorite wisecracking
matrons, brightening many a sagging scene in such films as Wonder Bar (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
(1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). She was proudest of her performance as a lively
middle-aged nun in Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's; unfortunately, most of that performance ended
up on the cutting-room floor. Closing out her film career with Autumn Leaves (1956) and her stage
career with The Riot Act (1963), Ruth Donnelly retired to a Manhattan residential hotel, politely but
firmly refusing all offers to appear in TV commercials and soap operas.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com