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Ruth McDevitt (1895-1976)

The Tarnished Badge, November 11, 1974 Written by Robert Vincent Wright, Directed by Michael O'Herlihy, Guest Cast: Victor French, Pamela McMyler, Nick Nolte, Ruth McDevitt, Gartry Walberg, James Lyon, Eddie Firestone, Ross Elliot, Sam Edwards, William Kitt

She was one of the most popular 'Little Old Lady' actresses in all of show business. Ruth McDevitt was born Ruth Thane Shoecraft in Cold Water, Michigan on September 13, 1895. She appeared in nearly every branch of the entertainment media starting on stage and then radio, graduating to the movies and then TV. She was perfect for the LOL roles with her sweet demeanor, silver-white hair and warbly little voice. Among the films in which she appeared were: "The Guy Who Came Back" (1951) as Grandma, her film debut; "The Parent Trap" (1961) as Miss Inch; "Boys Night Out" (1962) as Beulah Partridge; "The Birds" (1963) as Mrs. MacGruder; "Dear Heart"(1964) as Miss Tait ; "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968) as Olive; "The Love God" (1969) as Miss Keezy; "Angel in My Pocket" (1969) as Nadine; The Out of Towners" (1970); "Homebodies" (1974) as Mrs. Loomis and "Mame" (1974) as Cousin Fan. On TV she was a regular on "Pistols n' Petticoats" (1966-67) as Grandma; "Kolchak: the Night Stalker" (1974-75) as Emily Cowles and "Mr. Peepers" (1953-55) as Mom Peepers. She died on May 27, 1976 in Hollywood, California ate age 80 of natural causes.

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