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  • Ruth Gordon

    Born on October 30, 1896 in Quincy, Massachusetts

awards & nominations

Taxi (1978)

This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York. The employees of the Sunshine Cab Company are a motley crew, including frustrated actor Bobby, struggling boxer Tony, art gallery receptionist Elaine, and tyranical dispatcher Louie. For almost everyone, the cab company is just a temporary job that can be left behind when they make it in their chosen professions. The core of the company is disillusioned Alex (Judd Hirsch), who's sure he will be driving a cab for the rest of his life. Burned-out ex-hippie minister Reverend Jim and mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) round out the group.

Emmy (Primetime) (1979) Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Harold and Maude (1971)

Ruth Gordon as "Maude"

Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.

Golden Globe (1971) Nominated Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Ruth Gordon as "Minnie Castevet"

A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon). When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.

Academy Award (1968) Won Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1968) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Ruth Gordon as "Mrs. Clover"

Teen tomboy Daisy Clover (Natalie Wood) dreams of fame -- and gets her wish when big-time movie producer Raymond Swan (Christopher Plummer) comes calling. But, as her image is remolded for the media and her family life is thrown into turmoil, Daisy discovers that being a star in 1930s Hollywood isn't what it's cracked up to be. Alone and distrustful, the young actress searches for a happy ending with a fellow rising star, Wade Lewis (Robert Redford).

Academy Award (1965) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1965) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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