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Famous People Named Ruth 

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If your name is Ruth, then you're in some great company. Here's our list of the most famous people named Ruth, including photos when available. How many celebrities named Ruth can you think of? The famous Ruths below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Ruth, athletes named Ruth, and even political figures named Ruth. The music industry is no stranger to the name Ruth, and the same can be said for Hollywood and show business in general.

Which famous people named Ruth are worth mentioning? This list includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Gordon, Ruth Wilson and Ruth Buzzi. To read more about these notable people named Ruth, click the corresponding row of who you want to learn more about, and additional information will appear.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (, born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933) is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill ...more

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Ruth Gordon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 89 (1896-1985)

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Quincy

Ruth Gordon Jones (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on ...more

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Ruth Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 37

Birthplace: Ashford, United Kingdom

Ruth Wilson (born 13 January 1982) is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout (2005), Jane Eyre (2006), as Alice Morgan in the BBC TV psychological crime drama ...more

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Ruth Buzzi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 79

Birthplace: Westerly, Rhode Island, USA

Ruth Ann Buzzi (born July 24, 1936) is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She has appeared on stage, in films, and on television. She is best known for her performances on the ...more
Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 78 (1928-2006)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America

Ruth Alston Brown (née Weston, January 12, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress, sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B". She was noted for ...more

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Ruth Rendell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 89

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, South Woodford, England

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, (née Grasemann; 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015), was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.Rendell's ...more
Ruth Westheimer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Ruth Westheimer Age: 90

Birthplace: Karlstadt am Main, Germany

Ruth Westheimer (born June 4, 1928), better known as Dr. Ruth, is a German-American sex therapist, media personality, and author. Her media career began in 1980 with the radio show Sexually ...more

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Ruth Negga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 37

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ruth Negga ( NAY-gə; born 7 January 1982) is an Ethiopian-Irish actress who has appeared in the films Capital Letters (2004) (also released as Trafficked in some countries), Isolation (2005), ...more

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Ruth Hussey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 94 (1911-2005)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005) was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story.
Ruth Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 49

Birthplace: Bridgend, United Kingdom

Ruth Alexandra Elisabeth Jones, (born 22 September 1966) is a Welsh television actress, novelist and screenwriter. She co-starred in and co-wrote the award-winning British comedy Gavin & ...more
Ruth Graves Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

Birthplace: Massachusetts

Ruth Graves Wakefield (June 17, 1903 – January 10, 1977) was an American chef, best known as the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, which she created. She was ...more
Ruth Handler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002)

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Ruth Marianna Handler (née Mosko; November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002) was an American businesswoman and inventor. She served as the president of the toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., and is ...more
Ruth Langsford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 58

Birthplace: Singapore

Ruth Langsford (born 17 March 1960 in Singapore) is a British television presenter of shows such as This Morning, Gift Wrapped and How the Other Half Lives. Langsford is an anchor on ITV's ...more
Ruth Warrick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 89 (1916-2005)

Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

Ruth Elizabeth Warrick (June 29, 1916 – January 15, 2005) was an American singer, actress and political activist, best known for her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children, which ...more
Ruth Chatterton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 69 (1892-1961)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Ruth Chatterton (December 24, 1892 – November 24, 1961) was an American stage, film, and television actress. She was at her most popular in the early to mid 1930s. In the late 1930s, Chatterton ...more
Ruthie Henshall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 51

Birthplace: England, Bromley

Valentine Ruth Henshall (born 7 March 1967), known professionally as Ruthie Henshall, is an English actress, singer, and dancer known for her work in musical theatre. She began her professional ...more
Ruth Simmons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 73

Birthplace: Grapeland, Texas, United States of America

Ruth Simmons (born Ruth Jean Stubblefield; July 3, 1945) is the current President of Prairie View A&M University. She previously served as the 18th president of Brown University, the first ...more
Ruth Livier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Ruth

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Ruth Livier is an actress.
Ruth White is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 55 (1914-1969)

Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

Ruth Patricia White (April 24, 1914 – December 3, 1969) was an American actress who worked in theatre, film, and television. She was an Emmy Award and Obie Award winner and also a Tony Award
Ruth Sheen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 67

Birthplace: England, London

Ruth P Sheen (born 1950, Stepney, London) is an English actress.Born in Stepney, London, Sheen began her career training at the East 15 Acting School, and has appeared regularly on British ...more
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, (7 May 1927 – 3 April 2013) was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is ...more
Ruth Reichl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 71

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Ruth Reichl (born January 16, 1948) (pronounced RYE-shil), is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of ...more
Ruth Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Dec. at 98 (1911-2009)

Birthplace: Brookhaven, Mississippi, United States of America

Ruth Ford (July 7, 1911, Brookhaven, Mississippi – August 12, 2009, New York City) was an American model and stage and film actress. Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. ...more
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 39

Birthplace: Ransom, Kansas, United States of America

Ruth Ellen Riley Hunter (born August 28, 1979) is a retired American professional basketball player (a center), playing most recently for the Atlanta Dream in the Women's National Basketball ...more
Ruth Pointer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Ruth
Age: 72

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Ruth Esther Pointer (born March 19, 1946) is an American R&B/Soul singer and eldest member of the vocal group The Pointer Sisters.