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The Actress Theatrical release poster Directed by George Cukor Produced by Lawrence Weingarten Written by Ruth Gordon Starring Spencer Tracy Jean Simmons Theresa Wright Anthony Perkins Music by Bronislau Kaper Cinematography Harold Rosson Editing by George Boemler Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release date(s) September 25, 1953 Running time 90 minutes Country United States Language English The Actress is an 1953 American comedy-drama film based on Ruth Gordon's autobiographical play Years Ago. Gordon herself wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by George Cukor and stars Jean Simmons, Spencer Tracy, Teresa Wright, and Anthony Perkins in his film debut. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Black-and-White Costume Design. Tracy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama and was nominated for a BAFTA as Best Foreign Actor. Simmons was named Best Actress by the National Board of Review, and Gordon's screenplay was nominated Best Written American Comedy by the Writers Guild of America, despite being far more dramatic than comedic.[1] Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Notes 4 External links Plot Teenage student Ruth Gordon Jones (Jean Simmons) dreams of a theatrical career after becoming mesmerized by a performance of The Pink Lady in a Boston theater. Encouraged to pursue her dream by real-life leading lady Hazel Dawn in response to a fan letter she sent her, Ruth schemes to drop out of school and move to New York City, much to the dismay of her father, Clinton Jones (Spencer Tracy), a former seaman now working at a menial factory job, who urges her to continue her education and become a physical education instructor instead. When Ruth's audition with a leading producer proves disastrous and the girl's enthusiasm is crushed, her father offers to support her during her first few months in New York if she will at least get her high school diploma. The film basically is a series of vignettes involving Ruth, her parents, her best friends, and the college boy romantically pursuing her. Although Gordon did in fact become an accomplished Academy Award-winning actress and a successful writer, the film ends before the audience knows if the girl will achieve her goals. Cast Spencer Tracy as Clinton Jones Jean Simmons as Ruth Gordon Jones Teresa Wright as Annie Jones Anthony Perkins as Fred Whitmarsh (film debut) Ian Wolfe as Mr. Bagley Kay Williams as Hazel Dawn Mary Wickes as Emma Glavey Norma Jean Nilsson as Anna Williams Dawn Bender as Katherine Follets Jackie Coogan as Inopportune (uncredited) Notes ^ IMDB Awards External links The Actress at the Internet Movie Database The Actress at the TCM Movie Database The Actress at Allmovie Years Ago at Internet Broadway Database, play on which film is based v · d · eFilms directed by George Cukor 1930s Grumpy (1930) • The Virtuous Sin (1930) • The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) • Tarnished Lady (1931) • Girls About Town (1931) • What Price Hollywood? (1932) • A Bill of Divorcement (1932) • Rockabye (1932) • Our Betters (1933) • Dinner at Eight (1933) • Little Women (1933) • David Copperfield (1935) • Sylvia Scarlett (1935) • Romeo and Juliet (1936) • Camille (1936) • Holiday (1938) • Zaza (1939) • The Women (1939) 1940s Susan and God (1940) • The Philadelphia Story (1940) • A Woman's Face (1941) • Two-Faced Woman (1941) • Her Cardboard Lover (1942) • Keeper of the Flame (1942) • Gaslight (1944) • Winged Victory (1944) • A Double Life (1947) • Edward, My Son (1949) • Adam's Rib (1949) 1950s A Life of Her Own (1950) • Born Yesterday (1950) • The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) • The Marrying Kind (1952) • Pat and Mike (1952) • The Actress (1953) • It Should Happen to You (1954) • A Star Is Born (1954) • Bhowani Junction (1956) • Les Girls (1957) • Wild Is the Wind (1957) 1960s Heller in Pink Tights (1960) • Let's Make Love (1960) • Something's Got to Give (1962) • The Chapman Report (1962) • My Fair Lady (1964) • Justine (1969) 1970s Travels with My Aunt (1972) • Love Among the Ruins (1975) • The Blue Bird (1976) • The Corn is Green (1979) 1980s Rich and Famous (1981)