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Ruby Dandridge

Show Count: 29
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: March 3, 1900, Wichita, Kansas, USA
Died: October 17, 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA

Ruby Dandridge (March 3, 1900 – October 17, 1987) was an American actress from the early 1900s to the 1950s. She is best known for her radio work in her early days of acting.

Life and career

Born in Wichita, Kansas as Ruby Jean Butler, her parents were Nellie Simon and George Butler, of Jamaican, and Native American descent. On September 30, 1919, she married Cyril Dandridge. She moved with her husband to Cleveland, Ohio, where her daughter, actress Vivian Dandridge (1921–1991) was born. A second daughter, Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge, was born there the following year, in 1922, five months after Ruby and Cyril divorced. It is noted that after her divorce, Ruby Dandridge became involved with her companion Geneva Williams, who reportedly overworked the children and punished them harshly.

Ruby Dandridge is best known for her role on the radio show Amos 'n Andy, in which she played Sadie Blake and Harriet Crawford, and on radio's Judy Canova Show, in which she played "Geranium". She is recognized for her role in the 1959 movie A Hole in the Head as "Sally".

Last years and death

She attended her daughter Dorothy Dandridge's funeral in 1965. Ruby died of a heart attack, at the age of 87, on October 17, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, and was interred next to Dorothy at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Source: Wikipedia

Beulah Show, TheBeulah Show, The
Show Count: 16
Broadcast History: 2 July 1945 to 17 March 1946, 24 February 1947 to 20 August 1947, 24 November 1947 to 10 April 1953 and 28 September 1953 to 28 May 1954
Sponsor: Procter & Gamble, General Foods, General Motors
Cast: Lois Corbett, Marlin Hurt, Hattie McDaniel, Lillian Randolph, Amanda Randolph, Hugh Studebaker, Mary Jane Croft, Henry Blair, Ruby Dandridge, Ernie Whitman, Sammy Ogg, Bob Corley, Butterfly McQueen, Nicodemus Stewart, Roy Glenn, Jess Kirkpatrick, John Brown, Louise Beavers, Vivian Dandridge, Dorothy Dandridge
Director: Tom McKnight, Steve Hatos
Producer: Helen Mack, Tom McKnight, Steve Hatos
An American situation-comedy series that ran on CBS Radio from 1945 to 1954, and on ABC Television from 1950 to 1952. The show is notable for being the first sitcom to star an African American actress.
Judy Canova Show, TheJudy Canova Show, The
Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 6 July 1943 to 27 June 1944, 13 January 1945 to 30 June 1951, and 29 December 1951 to 28 May 1953
Sponsor: Emerson Drug Company, General Motors, Colgate, Smith Brothers
Cast: Gale Gordon, Judy Canova, Mel Blanc, Verna Felton, Sharon Douglas, Hans Conried, Sheldon Leonard, Ruby Dandridge, Ruth Perrott, Joe Kearns, Gerald Mohr, Joseph Kearns, George Niese, Elvia Allman
Director: Joe Rines
Producer: Joe Rines
Broadcast: 15th February 1950
Added: Feb 15 2009