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Ruth Etting (1896–1978)

Ruth Etting was born on November 23, 1896 in David City, Nebraska, USA. She was married to Myrl Alderman and Martin Snyder. She died on September 24, 1978 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. See full bio »

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 2017 Moon Rock City (performer: "10 Cents A Dance")
 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (performer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee")
 2016 Sophie and the Rising Sun (performer: "After You've Gone")
 2014 Magic in the Moonlight (performer: "It All Depends On You")
 2013 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Week 5: Side by Side Challenge (2013) ... ("It Had to Be You")
 2011 Water for Elephants (performer: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 2005 Carnivàle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Outskirts, Damascus, NE (2005) ... (performer: "Love Me or Leave Me" - uncredited)
 2002 Road to Perdition (performer: "Whose Honey Are You?" (1935))
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (performer: "Pretty Baby" - uncredited)
 1993 King of the Hill (performer: "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (1931)) / (writer: "Maybe Who Knows" (1929))
 1991 Rambling Rose (performer: "IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT")
 1987 Shy People (performer: "Body and Soul")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Ten Cents a Dance" (1930))
 1963 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Musicals (1963) ... (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon" - uncredited)
 1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife? (1961) ... (writer: "Cuban Love Song" - uncredited)
 1936 Melody in May (Short) (performer: "St. Louis Blues", "It Had to Be You" - uncredited)
 1935 Tuned Out (Short) (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon" - uncredited)
 1935 An Old Spanish Onion (Short) (performer: "Those Endearing Young Charms")
 1934 No Contest! (Short) (performer: "Dancing in the Moonlight", "Shine On, Harvest Moon" (1908), "Easy Come, Easy Go", "A Thousand Good Nights" - uncredited)
 1934 Gift of Gab (performer: "Talking to Myself", "Tomorrow, Who Cares?" - uncredited)
 1934 Derby Decade (Short) (performer: "A Bird in a Gilded Cage", "After the Ball")
 1934 The Song of Fame (Short) (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon", "I Cried For You" (1923), "I Wanna Be Loved" (1932))
 1934 A Torch Tango (Short) (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon", "Don't Blame Me")
 1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray! (performer: "Keep Romance Alive" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 California Weather (Short) (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon" - uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals (performer: "No More Love" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 Knee Deep in Music (Short) (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon", "You've Got Me Crying Again", "We Couldn't Do Better Than That" - uncredited)
 1933 Along Came Ruth (Short) (performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon", "Moonlight on the River", "My Heart's at Ease" - uncredited)
 1933 Bye-Gones (Short) (performer: "My Melancholy Baby" (uncredited), "Smile for Me" (uncredited), "When My Baby Smiles at Me", "Smiles" (uncredited), "I'll Follow You" (uncredited))
 1932 A Modern Cinderella (Short) (performer: "Little Cinderella", "It Was So Beautiful (And You Were Mine)")
 1932 Artistic Temper (Short) (performer: "That's What Heaven Means to Me", "What a Life! (Trying to Live Without You)", "Lovable" - uncredited)
 1932 A Regular Trouper (Short) (performer: "Without That Man" (original title "Without That Gal"), "(You Knew You'd Hurt Somebody) Why Did It Have to Be Me?" - uncredited)
 1931 Radio Salutes (Short) (performer: "You're Always Sure of My Love")
 1931 Words & Music (Short) (performer: "I'm Falling in Love", "Now That You're Gone" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'm Falling in Love" - uncredited)
 1931 Freshman Love (Short) (performer: "Love Is Like That", "She's Funny That Way")
 1930 One Good Turn (Short) (performer: "If I Could Be with You" (uncredited), "Don't Tell Her What's Happened to Me")
 1930 Roseland (Short) (performer: "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy", "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" - uncredited)
 1930 Broadway's Like That (Short) (performer: "The Right Kind of Man", "From the Bottom of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1929 Ruth Etting, the Sweetheart of Columbia Records, Glorifying the Popular Song (Short) (performer: "That Wonderful Boy Friend of Mine", "Pretty Little You", "All I Want Is Y-O-U" - uncredited)
 1929 Favorite Melodies (Short) (performer: "My Mother's Eyes", "That's Him Now")
 1928 Ruth Etting (Short) (performer: "Roses of Yesterday", "Because My Baby Don't Mean 'Maybe' Now")
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Whoopee! Musical comedy. Material adaption by William Anthony McGuire. Based on "The Nervous Wreck" by Owen Davis. Music by Walter Donaldson. Lyrics by Gus Kahn. Musical Director: Gustave Salzer. Dialogue directed by William Anthony McGuire. Dances and Ensembles Staged by Seymour Felix. Directed by Seymour Felix. New Amsterdam ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[about Love Me or Leave Me (1955), the biopic of her life with Martin Snyder (aka "Moe Snyder"), who jealously shot Myrl Alderman, her accompanist and later husband] It was half fairy tale. It's a shame that the most beautiful part of my life, my 28-year marriage to [Myrl], was left out completely because that was the real highlight of my life story.


Celebrated singing star of US stage, radio and recordings, she popularized the torch song "You Made Me Love You," among others. Etting appeared in numerous film shorts as well as three feature-length films of the early 1930's. See more »


Sweetheart of Columbia Records

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