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The Actress
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(1953)

In 1913, seventeen-year-old Ruth Gordon Jones watches breathlessly from the balcony of a Boston theater as stage star Hazel Dawn performs in a lavish musical number. That night, at her family's modest apartment in Wollaston, Ruth listens as her gruff father Clinton, from whom she has kept her own theatrical aspirations a secret, complains to her mother Annie about their financial difficulties. Ruth is thrilled when she receives an autographed photograph of Hazel, and tells her boyfriend, Harvard student Fred Whitmarsh, that she intends to become a successful actress. Meanwhile, Clinton, a former sailor who now works in a factory, informs his wife that he has decided Ruth should attend the Boston Physical Culture Institute and train for a career as a physical education teacher.

Runtime:
1:30
Released:
September 25, 1953

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Cast

3x4gyg4bant4dfbmzezn3yvrvcu Spencer Tracy Clinton Jones
Lve40hx4s2vi2npxknaf0hbjpw9 Jean Simmons Ruth Gordon Jones
Vfderphvu0y1lhanzujuc4ukrzi Teresa Wright Annie Jones
8m8bt20z0m587lrjkdxreqytqku Anthony Perkins Fred Whitmarsh
Skrzkge4rldl7s3dmzdswang6gr Ian Wolfe Mr. Bagley
Kay Williams Hazel Dawn
5j9h5zbcselyv0dhimpiebuq4el Mary Wickes Emma Glavey
Norma Jean Nilsson Anna
Dawn Bender Katherine
Erville Alderson Mike McGrath

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Directing

George Cukor Director

Writing

Ruth Gordon Writer