Ruth Chatterton

Actress + Novelist
Born Dec 24, 1892

Ruth Chatterton was an American actress, novelist, and early aviatrix.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ruth Chatterton.


1892 Birth Chatterton was born in New York City on Christmas Eve 1892 to Walter, an architect, and Lillian (née Reed) Chatterton. … Read More


1908 15 Years Old In 1908, Chatterton and her friends were attending a play in Washington, D.C. Chatterton later criticized the acting of the lead actress to her friends who challenged her to become a stage actress herself or "shut up". … Read More
1911 18 Years Old In 1911, Chatterton made her Broadway stage debut in The Great Name.


1914 21 Years Old Her greatest success onstage came in 1914 when she starred in the play Daddy Long Legs, adapted from the novel by Jean Webster.


1924 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1924, Chatterton and her first husband, actor Ralph Forbes, moved to Los Angeles.
1928 35 Years Old With the help of Emil Jannings, she was cast in her first film role in Sins of the Fathers in 1928. … Read More
1929 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Chatterton's first film for Paramount was also her first sound film, The Doctor's Secret, released in 1929. … Read More


1933 40 Years Old In 1933, Chatterton starred in the successful Pre-Code comedy-drama Female. … Read More
1938 45 Years Old By 1938, Chatterton had tired of motion picture acting and retired from films. … Read More
1942 49 Years Old Chatterton married actor Barry Thomson in 1942. They remained married until his death in 1960.


1950 57 Years Old Her first novel, Homeward Bourne, was published in 1950 and became a best seller. … Read More


1953 60 Years Old Her last television appearance was as Gertrude in a 1953 adaptation of Hamlet, with Maurice Evans in the title role, on the anthology series Hallmark Hall of Fame. … Read More
1960 67 Years Old After the death of her third husband in 1960, Chatterton lived alone in the home they shared near Redding, Connecticut.
1961 68 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 21, 1961, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while friends were visiting her home. … Read More
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