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Ruth Ford

Pierre Balmain and Ruth Ford, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, November 9, 1947
Born July 7, 1911(1911-07-07)
Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA
Died August 12, 2009 (aged 98)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation model, actress
Years active 1938–1985
Spouse(s) Peter Van Eyck 1940–19?? (divorced)
Zachary Scott 1952–1965 (his death)

Ruth Ford (July 7, 1911, Brookhaven, Mississippi[1] – August 12, 2009, New York City) was an American model and stage and film actress. Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. Their parents managed the Tennessee Hotel in Clarksville, Tennessee.

As a model she posed for Harper's, Town and Country and Mademoiselle.

She married actor Peter Van Eyck in the 1940s, but the marriage was unsuccessful. Van Eyck was the father of her daughter, Shelley, who was born in 1941. Prior to Ford's trip west to Hollywood she was a member of Welles' Mercury Theatre. Welles' assistance helped her to land contracts with Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. studios.

Ford later married film star Zachary Scott and they remained together until Scott's death in 1965. Scott adopted Shelley, who took the name Shelley Scott. Zachary Scott reportedly died penniless except for a $100,000 insurance policy he left his widow.


"Oh, Errol Flynn, I've never had the yen. Victor Mature? Don't know him well but believe Dorothy Parker, a good friend of mine, summed it up well when she said, "He acts as though his body has gone to his head!" My favorite actor of course is Orson Welles. He's wonderful, magnificent, a darling, and I adore him. I like Humphrey Bogart, too. He's just as nice as he can be and looks just the same all the time. Ingrid Bergman? She's just as beautiful and natural off the screen as she is on and is admired by everyone. But one of the nicest people in Hollywood is William Faulkner, who I had known in Mississippi when I was getting my Masters Degree in Philosophy at the University there."[2]


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