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Ford, Ruth mss., 1936-1986

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Creator
Ford, Ruth, 1911-2009

Title
Ford, Ruth mss., 1936-1986

Collection No.
LMC 2757

Extent
73 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Collection consists of the papers of stage and screen actress Ruth Ford.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Ruth Ford was born on July 7, 1911 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Charles and Gertrude Cato Ford. Her parents owned and managed hotels in several southern towns; as a result Ford and her brother, the poet, novelist and surrealist artist, Charles Henri Ford, spent much of their childhood moving from hotel to hotel. Ford married Goetz (Peter) Van Eyck in the 1940s but the marriage soon ended in divorce. In 1950, she married actor Zachary Scott and they remained together until his death in 1965.

After joining her brother in New York City in the 1930s, Ford modeled for well-known professional photographers Carl Van Vechten, Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, whose photos appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Mademoiselle and Harper's. In 1938, she performed in "The Shoemaker's Holiday," a production of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater Group. Subsequently moving to Hollywood, she made approximately two dozen B-movies, including The Gorilla Man and Lady Gangster. She was later to remark that she "made so many terrible movies in Hollywood." Returning to New York City, Ford experienced greater success in the theater. An acquaintance of William Faulkner's since their days in Mississippi, in 1959 she starred in the well-reviewed title role of Temple Drake in Faulkner's play, Requiem for a Nun. She went on to work in the Broadway theater and in television productions. She died in New York City on August 12, 2009 at the age of 98.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of the papers of stage and screen actress Ruth Ford. Correspondents include Elre Eick, John Huston, Jørgen Roos, Goetz (Peter) Van Eyck. Miscellaneous materials include a typescript of an untitled original treatment written by John Huston and Ruth Marton (i.e., Ruth Ford).

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2011
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Ford, Ruth mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Alyssa Feik and Maureen Maryanski.

Completed in 2011


Series: Box 1 Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent


Eick, Elre to Ford, Ruth, 1936-1941

Eick, Elre to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1936-1937 ; undated

Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1936

(3 folders)


Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1937

(3 folders)


Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1938

Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1939

Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1942

Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1943

Ford, Ruth to Van Eyck, Goetz, undated

Ford, Ruth to Roos, Jørgen, 1961

Huston, John to Ford, Ruth, 1958-1986

Jones, Nancy to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1937

Roos, Jørgen to Ford, Ruth, 1949-1984

Van Blöme, Edgar Adolf to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1937

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1936

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1937

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1938-1941

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1942

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1943-1944

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1945-1946

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, 1947-1950

Van Eyck, Goetz to Ford, Ruth, undated

Van Eyck, Goetz to unidentified correspondent, 1945

Van Eyck, Goetz to Van Eyck, Shelley 1944-1947

[Brother of Van Eyck] to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1937

de Vilaine, G. to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1939-1940

[Unknown last name], Camille to Van Eyck, Goetz, 1937

Unidentified correspondents to Van Eyck, Goetz

Series: Box 1 Miscellaneous

Untitled Original, co-written by John Huston and Ruth Marton (i.e., Ruth Ford), typescript

Invitations and magazine clipping