Barbara Rush, ‘It Got here From Outer House’ and ‘Peyton Place’ actor, dies at 97


Barbara Rush, the Golden Globe-winning actor who starred within the sci-fi horror “It Got here From Outer House,” has died. She was 97.

Claudia Cowan, Rush’s daughter and a journalist at Fox Information Channel, confirmed her mom’s loss of life to The Occasions on Monday. Rush died Sunday afternoon in a senior care middle in Westlake Village after years of residing with dementia.

Cowan broke the information with social media posts shared Monday morning. On Instagram, Cowan wrote, “There’s one other star shining on us tonight.”

“My stunning mom was referred to as to heaven on Easter of all days — a nod to the transition and resilience and pleasure we have fun on this comfortable vacation — and I do know she’s going to keep alive in our hearts by means of cherished recollections and film reruns,” Cowan captioned a number of Instagram footage of moments she shared along with her mom. “She was [an] elegant and basic actress and the most effective mother on this planet.”

Cowan additionally shared information of her mom’s loss of life on Fb.

Rush, thought of “among the many final of Outdated Hollywood Royalty” by her daughter, rose to prominence within the Fifties as she began in films like “The Goldbergs” and “Quebec,” then added sci-fi movies “When Worlds Collide” and “It Got here From Outer House.”

The 1953 alien-invasion movie, from director Jack Arnold, starred Rush as Ellen Fields, the fiancée of an newbie astronomer performed by John Putnam. “It Got here From Outer House” earned Rush the promising feminine newcomer prize on the 1954 Golden Globe Awards, making method for extra silver display alternatives, together with the Paul Newman authorized drama “The Younger Philadelphians.”

Rush’s movie profession additionally included roles in “The Younger Lions,” “The Bramble Bush,” “Strangers When We Meet” — the place she shared the display with fellow basic Hollywood stars Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak.

By the ‘60s, Rush expanded her Hollywood profession to incorporate TV work. After years of minor appearances in quite a lot of tv titles, Rush discovered small-screen longevity with the ABC cleaning soap drama “Peyton Place” which ran from 1964 to 1969. Rush appeared as Marsha Russell, a lady caring for her teen daughter amid a messy divorce with an adulterous husband.

Rush’s tv profession additionally included common sequence jobs on “Flamingo Highway” and the cleaning soap drama “All My Youngsters,” the place she appeared in 38 episodes from 1992 to 1994, in accordance with IMDb. Certainly one of Rush’s most up-to-date credit was a recurring visitor spot as Ruth Camden within the household drama “seventh Heaven.”

Rush’s decades-long profession additionally consists of movies “Taza, Son of Cochise,” “Magnificent Obsession” and “Hombre,” and TV sequence “Magnum, P.I., “Homicide, She Wrote” and “Fantasy Island.”

She additionally pursued a stage profession that included productions of “Identical Time, Subsequent 12 months,” “Father’s Day,” “Metal Magnolias” and her solo present, “A Lady of Impartial Means.”

“I’m a kind of sorts of people that will carry out the minute you open the fridge door and the sunshine goes on,” she joked in a 1997 interview, in accordance with the Related Press.

Rush was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Denver, however grew up in Southern California. She graduated in 1948 from UC Santa Barbara, the place she was a part of the college’s theater program. Earlier than making her display debut, Rush carried out on the Pasadena Playhouse, the place she caught the attention of Paramount expertise scout Milton Lewis, in accordance with Marin Journal.

She was married and divorced thrice — to display star Jeffrey Hunter, Hollywood publicity govt Warren Cowan and sculptor James Gruzalski. She was preceded in loss of life by Hunter and Cowan, who died in Could 27, 1969 and Could 14, 2008, respectively.

The actor’s survivors are daughter Claudia Cowan, son Christopher Hunter, and 4 grandchildren. A celebration of life will happen at a later date. Cowan stated these trying to have fun her mom’s legacy can accomplish that by watching her movies.

“That’s the best way to honor her reminiscence,” Cowan instructed The Occasions.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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