Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911--April 19, 2005) was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story. Hussey was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1911. At the age of nine her father died from the Spanish flu. After her mother remarried, she adopted her stepfather's surname and grew up as Ruth O'Rourke. Following graduation from high school, she went on to attend Pembroke College graduating in 1936. She never landed a role in any of the plays she tried out for at Pembroke. She then studied drama graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Drama, and worked as an actress with a summer stock company in Michigan for two seasons.
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