Post was not sent - check your email addresses!  In other films, she played Dabby in Tap Roots (1948), the housekeeper in Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), Mrs. Kelso in Cabin in the Sky (1943) and Violet in Tish (1942). Geneva Williams, Actress: The Little Colonel. Ruby Dandridge and Hattie McDaniel in "Beulah" (1952). "Dead Reckoning". - Guide to Hopi Kachina Dolls. She was a radio, television, and film actress from the early days of those mediums, also notable for being the mother of actresses Vivian and Dorothy Dandridge. Dandridge attended her d… On November 9, 1922, Ruby gave birth to her second daughter Dorothy in Cleveland's City Hospital. We remember Ruby Dandridge in appreciation for her many contributions to our community. That voice later served her well as an actress in movies, radio, and television. 'N Andy and appeared in 3 episodes of the television version. Dandridge’s dream was put on hold when she married Cyril Dandridge in 1919, a union that was not happy. From the time she was a child, Dandridge hoped to perform one day just like her father. 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 also as Geranium on radio’s “Judy Canova Show.” ", In 1937, Dandridge played one of the witches in what an article in The Pittsburgh Courier called a "sepia representation" of Macbeth in Los Angeles. But in Dead Reckoning and "Sally" in A Hole in the Head in Dandridge's parents separated shortly before the birth of her sister Dorothy. Her mother, Ruby Dandridge, pushed Dorothy and her sister onto the stage when they were small children. The birth did not make their marriage better or settle the tensions in the home, and Ruby left. her children and never seemed to notice how harsh Geneva was towards , Dandridge played Oriole on both radio and TV versions of The Beulah Show, and Geranium in The Judy Canova Show,:182 and was a regular cast member on Tonight at Hoagy's. Dandridge's father was also "a famous minstrel man." Usually playing comic, befuddled maids, all Ruby had to do was open her mouth and audiences would break into hysterics. Ruby Dandridge as Oriole the real Ruby Dandridge Less than two years after they married, their daughter, Vivian, was born in 1921. and it was he who inspired her to go into acting. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In the 1999 film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby is portrayed by Loretta Devine. career in show business, Geneva often pushed them too hard and punished them harshly. Ruby had mixed Jamaican, Mexican, and Native American ancestry. Ruby Dandridge played "Mrs. Kelso" in Cabin in the Sky  Also in the 1950s, Dandridge formed a nightclub act that played in clubs around Los Angeles. A second daughter, Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge, was born there in 1922, five months after Ruby and Cyril divorced. ( Log Out / Following the divorce, Ruby Dandridge had a relationship with a woman named Geneva Williams, her long-term companion who reportedly treated Dandridge’s two daughters harshly. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. "Ruby Dandridge, Is Mother the Daughter of the Child? Ruby Jean Butler was born in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Nellie Simon and George Butler. in "Beulah". :337 She is heard as Raindrop on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch (August 1949 - April 1951). ( Log Out / Ruby was a woman who could quickly read a person or situation and then manipulate Also in 1943, Ruby Dandridge never played a lead role and most blackface and minstrel show videos, Racial and Still wanting his marriage to work, Cyril persuaded her to come back home and, even though Ruby was five months pregnant, she decided to leave her husband again, this time permanently. They divorced, after which she had a love relationship with a woman named Geneva Williams, who overworked and punished Ruby’s two daughters. was anything but flighty or absent-minded. For one season (1961-1962), Dandridge played the maid on the television version of Father Knows Best. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Geneva had been shown the door a few years previously and when she came to Dorothy for financial help, she was refused. Dorothy would never forget her beatings from Geneva. Dandridge moved with her husband to Cleveland, Ohio, where her daughter, actress Vivian Dandridge (1921–1991) was born. Change ). Ruby Dandridge in It seemed that Dorothy now moved in mostly white circles. 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 also as Geranium on radio’s “Judy Canova Show.” Her film credits include 1959’s “A Hole in the Head,” and the classic 1943 film “Cabin in the Sky.” Dandridge had recurring roles in the early television show “Beulah” from 1950 to 1953. Her father was a janitor, minister, school principal, and entertainer, 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 was a popular character on the radio version of Amos Ruby Dandridge was born on March 3, 1900 (to October 17, 1987). and "Hyacinth" in Corregidor. ( Log Out / Born Ruby Jean Butler, her parents were Nellie Simon and George Butler. Dandridge was too closely associated with that period and the denigrating productions to escape her own condemnation, and rarely found work after her success in “Beulah.”. One of Ruby's After her divorce, Ruby Dandridge had a lesbian relationship with a woman named Geneva Williams who managed Ruby's home and children. Dandridge's parents were Nellie Simon, a maid, and George Butler, who was a janitor, grocer and entertainer.  The production began on July 8 at the Mayan Theater. They lived with his mother and he did not have steady work to support them. The birth did not make the marriage better or settle the tensions in the home, and Ruby left. them. Not much is known about Dandridge’s mother, except that she was born in 1870, and had a mix of Spanish and Indigenous American heritage. She California. They lived with his mother, but he did not have steady work to support them. Geneva Williams is an actress, known for The Little Colonel (1935).  Five years later, she appeared in a production of Hit the Deck at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, California. Ruby Jean Dandridge (née Butler; March 3, 1900 – October 17, 1987) was an American actress from the early 1900s through to the late 1950s. trademark was her high-pitched voice which rose even higher when she was excited. Less than two years after they married, their daughter, Vivian, was born in 1921. 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Ruby's Together, Nellie and George had four children, three boys and one daughter. the Blackface! Racist Stereotypes in Media, Kachina.us managed Ruby's home and children. George Butler was a janitor at the Union National Bank, as well as a minister, grocer, school principal, and an entertainer, appearing before both Black and white audiences. The Civil Rights era and the rise of the Black Arts Movement brought condemnation of the type of entertainment that made Ruby Dandridge famous. On November 9, 1922, Ruby gave birth to her second daughter, Dorothy, in Cleveland’s City Hospital. them to her advantage. 1959. Soliciting Sign the real Ruby Dandridge Ethel Gumm was of the Ruby Dandridge school of thought "“ if she could get her daughters to be in a successful stage act, it was almost the same as being famous herself.