Elizabeth Margaret von Gerkan
November 14, 1928
|Occupation||Film, stage, television actress|
|Spouse(s)||Stanley Rubin (1954-2014; his death; 4 children)|
Hughes' uncle, F. Hugh Herbert, was a playwright who authored Kiss and Tell and The Moon is Blue. Her desire to act was inspired by a film she saw featuring Donald O'Connor, which gave her the idea that "acting looked like fun."
She was discovered in a Little Theater production in 1948. Signed to a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox, she made 14 films for the studio. She appeared in five motion pictures for Universal Studios, including the cult film It Came From Outer Space. Released on May 27, 1953, the sci-fi feature was adapted from the writing of Ray Bradbury. It was Universal's first entry into the 3D-film medium. Hughes co-starred with Edward G. Robinson in a 1953 crime drama, The Glass Web, and opposite Rock Hudson in an adventure film that year, The Golden Blade.
By 1956, she was appearing in television series. She played in episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956–1957), Telephone Time (1956), The Bob Cummings Show (1958), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, 77 Sunset Strip (1959), Hotel de Paree (1959), Tightrope (1959), General Electric Theater (1960–1962), The Tall Man (1961), Bachelor Father (1962), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1965), and I Dream of Jeannie (1967).
In 1962, Hughes played the role of murder victim Lita Krail in the sixth-season 1962 episode of Perry Mason, entitled "The Case of the Double-Entry Mind". She played the recurring role of Mrs. Coburn on the television series The Ghost & Mrs. Muir. She appeared on M*A*S*H as Lorraine Blake, wife of unit commander Henry Blake, in a home movie she sent to him. Hughes portrayed Mitch, a secretary, on the NBC drama Bracken's World (1969-1971).
Hughes' favorite stage role was in the play Seven Year Itch.
On July 25, 1954, Hughes married Stanley Rubin, the producer of Bracken's World, at the home of her uncle. The couple has one daughter and three sons. The marriage lasted 59 years, until Rubin died on March 2, 2014 from natural causes at the age of 96.
|1949||Mother Is a Freshman||Rhoda Adams|
|Mr. Belvedere Goes to College||Kay Nelson|
|It Happens Every Spring||Sarah|
|1950||Where the Sidewalk Ends||Secretary|
|I'll Get By||Secretary|
|1951||Take Care of My Little Girl||Jenny Barker|
|I'll See You in My Dreams||Nurse|
|1952||For Men Only||Tracy Norman|
|Sally and Saint Anne||Lois Foran|
|1953||It Came from Outer Space||Jane|
|The Golden Blade||Bakhamra|
|Thy Neighbor's Wife||Anushka|
|The Glass Web||Paula Ranier|
|1954||Dawn at Socorro||Clare|
|1955||Cult of the Cobra||Julia Thompson|
|1956||Three Bad Sisters||Valerie Craig|
|1966||Promise Her Anything||Bit part|
|1967||The President's Analyst||White House tourist|
|1971||The Late Liz||Elaine Rich|
|1972||Pete 'n' Tillie||Party guest|
|1974||The Take||School nurse|
|1998||Welcome to Hollywood||Woman in curlers|
|2017||Swamp Women Kissing Booth||Matilda|
- Mason, Buddy (January 8, 1953). "Behind the Movie Sets". The Algona Upper Des Moines. Iowa, Algona. p. 42. Retrieved July 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Kathleen Hughes is still growing up". The Argus. California, Fremont. February 22, 1970. p. 45. Retrieved July 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 129.
- "Kathleen Hughes Weds". Newport Daily News. Rhode Island, Newport. Associated Press. July 26, 1954. p. 7. Retrieved July 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times obituary (March 4, 2014)
- Florence, South Carolina Morning News, Kathleen Hughes Says She Is Still Growing Up, Saturday, April 11, 1970, Page 11.
- Newport, Rhode Island News, Kathleen Hughes First Feminine Sensation Created By 3D, Thursday, July 9, 1953, Page 9.