Ruby Keeler Actor

Ruby keeler

Ruby Keeler, born Ethel Hilda Keeler, (August 25, 1910 – February 28, 1993) was an actress, dancer and singer most famous for her on-screen coupling with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Brothers, particularly 42nd Street (1933). From 1928 to 1940, she was married to singer Al Jolson. She retired from show business in the 1940s but made a widely-publicized comeback on Broadway in 1971. Keeler was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, to an Irish Catholic family, one of six siblings. Two sisters, Helen and Gertrude, had brief performing careers. Her father was a truck driver, and when she was three years old, her family packed up and moved to New York City where he knew he could get better pay. But it was not enough: there were six children, and although Keeler was interested in taking dance lessons, the family could not afford to send her. Keeler attended St. Catherine of Siena parochial school on New York's East Side, and one period each week a dance teacher would come and teach all styles of dance. The teacher saw potential in Keeler and spoke to her mother about Ruby taking lessons at her studio.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 25th, 1910
Nationality
Canada,United States of America
Date of death
February 28th, 1993 at age of 82
Place of death
Rancho Mirage
Cause of death
Cancer
Religion
Roman Catholic
Places lived
New York City , New York
pop. 8,405,837 (2013)

Family

Siblings
Spouses
Children

Education

1. Professional Children's School Coeducation school

Professional Children's School is a not-for-profit, college preparatory school enrolling 200 students in grades 6-12. The school was founded in New York City in 1914 to provide an academic education to young people working on the New York stage, in Vaudeville, or "on the road". Today's students include athletes, dancers, musicians and others who require the flexibility to pursue challenging goals that may sometimes require absence from school for professional or pre-professional reasons. PCS is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and PCS graduates attain admission to the most competitive colleges and universities.

Type Mixed-sex education
Headquarters
132 West 60th Street, 10023 - New York City, New York
Official web page www.pcs-nyc.org
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Professional Children's School connected by profession and/or age

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Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Musical96.81
Comedy67.02
Romance76.44
Drama46.9

1. Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)

Comedy, Music, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
70.0

Sweetheart of the Campus is a 1941 film directed by Edward Dmytryk.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)

Drama, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
82.0
Pandro S. Berman

Mother Carey's Chickens is a 1938 drama film starring Anne Shirley and Ruby Keeler. The film was directed by Rowland V. Lee and based upon a 1917 play by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Rachel Crothers, which in turn was adapted from Wiggins' novel of the same title. Originally Katharine Hepburn was assigned to the lead role. She refused, however, and left RKO in order to avoid having to appear in the film. In 1963, Walt Disney released Summer Magic, a loose remake of this film, with Hayley Mills as Nancy Carey.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

3. A Day at Santa Anita (1937)

Short, Drama, Family
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
18.0
Bobby Connolly
Crane Wilbur
5 Show list

A Day at Santa Anita is 1937 short family drama film directed by Bobby Connolly.

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Racing Official
Biff - Blackburn's Trainer
Eclipse
Tom Blackburn - Peaches' father
Peaches Blackburn
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Milo Anderson
English
United States of America

4. Ready, Willing, and Able (1937)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
93.0

Ready, Willing, and Able is a 1937 musical film starring Ruby Keeler and Ross Alexander. The director was Ray Enright. Songs in the movie were written by composer Richard A. Whiting and lyricist Johnny Mercer. The most famous song introduced in the movie was "Too Marvelous for Words.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Colleen (1936)

Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0

Colleen is a 1936 Warner Bros. musical film directed by Alfred E. Green. It stars Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and Joan Blondell.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

6. Shipmates Forever (1935)

Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
109.0

Shipmates Forever is a 1935 musical film directed by Frank Borzage.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

7. Go into Your Dance (1935)

Crime, Drama, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0

Go into Your Dance is a 1935 musical film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell, and Helen Morgan.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

8. Flirtation Walk (1934)

Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0

Flirtation Walk is a 1934 romantic musical film written by Delmer Daves and Lou Edelman, and directed by Frank Borzage. It focuses on a soldier who falls in love with a general's daughter during the general's brief stop in Hawaii, but she leaves with her father for the Philippines before their relationship can blossom. They are re-united several years later when the soldier is about to graduate from West Point and the general becomes the Academy's Commandant. The film's title refers to a path near Trophy Point named "Flirtation Walk", where cadets often take dance dates for some time alone.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

9. Dames (1934)

Comedy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
91.0

Dames is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers created by Busby Berkeley. The film stars Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, ZaSu Pitts, and Hugh Herbert. Production numbers and songs include "When You Were a Smile on Your Mother's Lips", "The Girl at the Ironing Board", "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Dames" and "Try to See It My Way".

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

10. Footlight Parade (1933)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
104.0
Manuel Seff
,
1 Show list $703K

Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The movie was written by Manuel Seff and James Seymour from a story by Robert Lord and Peter Milne, and directed by Lloyd Bacon, with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. The film's songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, and include "By a Waterfall", "Honeymoon Hotel", and "Shanghai Lil". In 1992, Footlight Parade was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The snowflake scene from the film is featured in Disney's The Great Movie Ride as part of the attraction.

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Chester Kent
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

11. 42nd Street (1933)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
played Peggy Sawyer
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
,
Bradford Ropes
,
32 Show list $439K

42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and the script was written by Rian James and James Seymour, with Whitney Bolton, from the novel of the same name by Bradford Ropes. The film is a backstage musical, and was very successful at the box office. 42nd Street was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1934, and in 1998 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2006 this film ranked 13th on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals.

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Author of 'Pretty Lady'
News Spreader
Dr. Chadwick
Slim Murphy
Andy Lee
Abner Dillon
Ann 'Anytime Annie' Lowell
House Doctor
Chorus Boy #3
Chorus Boy #2
Geoffrey Warning
Billy Lawlor
Pat Denning
Lorraine Flemming
Concerned Actor
Pansy - Dorothy's Maid
Mug with Murphy
Chorus Boy #4
Bert Barry
Dorothy Brock
Julian Marsh
Chorus Girl #2
Blonde in 'Young and Healthy' Number
Secretary
Chorus Girl #28
Chorus Girl #26
Jerry
Short Songwriter
Stout Songwriter
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
42nd Street
English
United States of America

12. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Comedy, Drama, Musical
played Polly
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0
Erwin S. Gelsey
,
Ben Markson
,
James Seymour
,
7 Show list $433K

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley. It stars Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell, and features Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks and Ginger Rogers. The story is based on the play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood, which ran for 282 performances on Broadway in 1919 and 1920. The play was made into a silent film in 1923 by David Belasco, the producer of the Broadway play, as The Gold Diggers, starring Hope Hampton and Wyndham Standing, and again as a talkie in 1929, directed by Roy Del Ruth. That film, Gold Diggers of Broadway, which starred Nancy Welford and Conway Tearle, was the biggest box office hit of that year, and Gold Diggers of 1933 was one of the top grossing films of 1933. This version of Hopwood's play was written by James Seymour and Erwin S. Gelsey, with additional dialogue by David Boehm and Ben Markson. In 2003, Gold Diggers of 1933 was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Awards

Top cast

Peabody
Lawrence
Barney
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1930s
2008
Hollywood Handicap
Short,Comedy,Music

Guest TV appearances

The Greatest Show on Earth

Program genre

Drama

External resources

The Greatest Show on Earth is an American drama series starring Jack Palance about the American circus, which aired on ABC from September 17, 1963, to April 28, 1964. It was produced by Desilu, the production company founded by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Sr..
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E18 January 28th, 1964 Peggy Rusher

Wikipedia

Check Ruby Keeler on wikipedia.

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