Kathleen Hughes

Kathleen Hughes (born Elizabeth Margaret von Gerkan;[1] November 14, 1928) is an American film, stage, and television actress.

Kathleen Hughes
Elizabeth Margaret von Gerkan

(1928-11-14) November 14, 1928
OccupationFilm, stage, television actress
Years active1948-1998
Spouse(s)Stanley Rubin (1954-2014; his death; 4 children)

Early life

Hughes' uncle, F. Hugh Herbert, was a playwright who authored Kiss and Tell and The Moon is Blue.[2] 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."[2]

Motion pictures

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).[3]


Hughes' favorite stage role was in the play Seven Year Itch.[2]

Personal life

On July 25, 1954, Hughes married Stanley Rubin, the producer of Bracken's World, at the home of her uncle.[4] 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.[5]


Year Title Role
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
Mister 880 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
1958 Unwed Mother Linda
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
1990 Revenge Mother superior
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Woman in curlers
2017 Swamp Women Kissing Booth Matilda


  1. 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.
  2. "Kathleen Hughes is still growing up". The Argus. California, Fremont. February 22, 1970. p. 45. Retrieved July 19, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 129.
  4. "Kathleen Hughes Weds". Newport Daily News. Rhode Island, Newport. Associated Press. July 26, 1954. p. 7. Retrieved July 19, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  5. Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times obituary (March 4, 2014)


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