Vale – Ann Rutherford

Ann Rutherford – 1917-2012

Candian-born US actress Ann Rutherford has passed away. Ms Rutherford was born Therese Ann Rutherford in November of 1917, the daughter of a tenor at the new York Opera and a silent film star, and they moved to Los Angeles when Rutherford was 9. Rutherford’s first film role came with 1936’s Waterfront Lady, where she starred as Jane O’Brien, as well as becoming a success as a leading lady in a number of westerns for Republic Pictures, before she scored a contract over at MGM, appearing as The Ghost Of Christmas Past in the 1938 adaption of A Christmas Carol, and as Lydia Bennett in Pride & Prejudice in 1940.

Ms Rutherford was loaned out by MGM to appear as Carreen O’Hara, sister of Scarlett, in the epic blockbuster Gone With The Wind, in 1939. In 1937, Rutherford began playing the regular big-screen role of Polly Benedict, Andy Hardy’s girlfriend in the film series of the same name, opposite Mickey Rooney. Rutherford also appeared as Red Skelton’s on-screen girlfriend in the Whistle series of film, including Whistling In The Dark and Whistling In Dixie. In the 40’s Rutherford left MGM and struck out on her own, scoring roles in films such as Orchestra Wives and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, before retiring from the screen in 1950.

In 1972 Rutherford returned to the screen in the James Garner mystery flick The Only Kill Their Masters, as well as a cameo in 1976’s Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood.

Ms Rutherford’s health had been in decline in recent years, as she encountered heart trouble, and she passed away on June 11th. She was 94.


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  1. Hello, Rodney.  I am enjoying your website for the first time today.  You need to post a correction on the above color image.  While the black and white publicity photo is the late actress Ann Rutherford, the color photo below is the "Gone With the Wind" top star, the late actress VIVIAN LEIGH.  While both woman were beautiful, there is no confusing these two actresses, but maybe you're just seeing if we're paying attention!  As a classic film buff and former consultant in the entertainment industry, I would never mislead you on trivia facts.  Keep up the great work on your site! – Micheline James

    •  @MichelineJames Thanks, Micheline. You're correct, I did have a picture here that wasn't Ms Rutherford. I've removed the offending image. Many thanks for pointing that out, though – I'm always glad people are paying attention!!!

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Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

Vale – Ann Rutherford

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