Ruth Stonehouse (September 28, 1892 – May 12, 1941) was an actress and film director during the silent film era. Her stage career started at the age of eight as a dancer in Arizona shows.
Stonehouse in 1916
|Born||September 28, 1892|
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||May 12, 1941 48) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Joseph Roach (1914–19??)|
Felix Hughes (1927–41; her death)
Early life and career
Ruth Stonehouse was born to James Wesley Stonehouse (1869–1958) and Georgia C. Worster on September 28, 1892 in Denver, Colorado. Her father was the founder of Stonehouse Signs Inc. According to the 1900 Census for Laurence Town, Teller County, Colorado, she lived with her father, James, a sign writer, and her grandmother, Eda Stonehouse, along with her sister, Hazel, who was a year younger. By 1910, she was living with her mother, Georgia Stonehouse, a stenographer, and her sister, Hazel, in Chicago, Illinois. Curiously, her mother lists herself as a widow on the 1910 Census, when James Stonehouse can be found residing in Arizona. Her parents were divorced around 1902. Before her film career, she was a reporter for a Chicago, Illinois newspaper, and contributed short stories to magazines.
Stonehouse worked for Triangle Film Corporation and Universal Pictures during a career which extended from 1911 until 1928. A few years prior in 1907, she was a founding member of Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. She also signed on to work on Cyrus J. Williams' productions. Having experience here helped Stonehouse begin her directing career later on as she moved to different stations. Her androgynous appearance was most apparent in the role of Nancy Glenn and in the 1917 motion picture, The Edge of the Law. She performed in comedies and dramas such as the patriotic film Doing Her Bit (1917), which was directed by Jack Conway.
In 1917, Stonehouse directed the films Daredevil Dan, A Walloping Time, The Winning Pair, A Limb of Satan, Puppy Love, and Tacky Sue's Romance. These movies were one-reel orphan asylum pictures, the first of which was entitled Mary Ann.
Stonehouse owned a cabin in Santa Anita Canyon in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Here she entertained men and women of prominence in the film world, cooking culinary masterpieces which her friends deemed superior to most chefs. Stonehouse was a fan of the Owen Magnetic Auto and promoted it in newspapers. Stonehouse was an avid gardener who grew fibrous-rooted begonias, pleromas, fuchsias, cinerias, and hyacinths. Her home, located at 204 North Rossmore Avenue in Los Angeles, California, was an adaptation of a Spanish design that was situated well to the front of a large lot. She was an active worker in the Children's Home Society for twenty-five years and also a member of the Garden Club of California.
- Mr. Wise, Investigator (1911) *short
- When Soul Meets Soul (1913) *short
- The Spy's Defeat (1913) short with Francis X. Bushman
- Blood Will Tell (1914) short with Bushman
- Ashes of Hope (1914, Essanay) short with Bushman
- The Masked Wrestler (1914) *short
- No. 28, Diplomat (1914) *short
- The Slim Princess (1915) with Wallace Beery
- The Romance of an American Duchess (1915)
- The Papered Door (1915) *short
- The Alster Case (1915)
- The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916) *serial
- A Phantom Husband (1917)
- Rosalind at Redgate (1919) *short
- The Master Mystery (1919)
- The Masked Rider (1919)
- The Four-Flusher (1919, Metro Pictures)
- The Red Viper (1919 Tyrad Pictures)
- Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1920 Metro Pictures)
- The Hope (1920 Metro Pictures)
- Are All Men Alike? (1920 Metro Pictures)
- The Land of Jazz (1920 Fox Film Corporation)
- Cinderella's Twin (1920 Metro Pictures)
- I Am Guilty (1921 Associated Producers)
- Don't Call Me Little Girl (1921 Paramount Pictures)
- The Wolver (1921 Pathe Exchange) (*short)
- Mother o' Dreams (1921 Pathe Exchange) (*short)
- Lorraine of the Timberlands (1921 Pathe Exchange) (*short)
- The Honor of Rameriz (1921 Pathe Exchange) (*short)
- The Spirit of the Lake (1921 Pathe Exchange) (*short)
- The Heart of Doreon (1921 Pathe Exchange) (*short)
- The Flash (1923 Russell Productions)
- Flames of Passion (1923 Independent Pictures)
- Lights Out (1923 Film Booking Offices of America; FBO)
- The Way of the Transgressor (1923 Independent Pictures)
- A Girl of the Limberlost (1924 Film Booking Office of America; FBO)
- Broken Barriers (1924 Metro-Goldwyn)
- Straight Through (1925 Universal Pictures)
- A Two-Fisted Sheriff (1925 Arrow Film Corp.)
- Fifth Avenue Models (1925 Universal Pictures)
- The Fugitive (1925 Arrow Film Corp.)
- Blood and Steel (1925 Independent Pictures)
- The Scarlet West (1925 First National)
- Ermine and Rhinestones (1925 Jans Film Service)
- False Pride (1925 Astor Pictures)
- The Wives of the Prophet (1926 Lee-Bradford)
- Broken Homes (1926 Astor Pictures)
- The Ladybird (1927 First Division Pictures)
- Poor Girls (1927 Columbia Pictures)
- The Satin Woman (1927 Lumas Film Corp.)
- The Ape (1928 Collwyn Pictures Corp.)
- The Devil's Cage (1928 Chadwick Pictures)
- Scenes deleted
- Survives at Library of Congress; available from Grapevine Video
- Survives at Library of Congress; either a short or a feature; EmGee Film Library
- Trailer only survives Library of Congress
- Survives incomplete Library of Congress
- Survives per silentera.com
- "Stonehouse Signs – Industrial Safety Signs and Safety Tags Since 1863". stonehousesigns.com.
- "Gowns to Mark New Film of MacDonald". Los Angeles Herald. June 8, 1921 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection.
- "Ruth Stonehouse". Women Film Pioneers Project. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
- Further reading
- "News Notes from Movieland". Janesville Daily Gazette. October 13, 1916. p. 6.
- "Millionaires Write Checks For Three 'Gearless' Autos". Los Angeles Times. April 29, 1917. p. V112.
- "Quite Some Chef Is Ruth Stonehouse". Los Angeles Times. September 30, 1917. p. III16.
- "Do You Know This Boy?". Los Angeles Times. October 2, 1917. p. II3.
- "Film Fame Is Replaced by the Joy of Gardening". Los Angeles Times. December 20, 1931. p. C8.
- "Mrs. Felix Hughes". Los Angeles Times. May 14, 1941. p. 18.
- 1900 United States Federal Census, Precinct 39, Teller, Colorado; Roll T623_130; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 136.