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   Ruth moved to Hollywood in the early 30s. She was signed to do Roman Scandals (1933) with Eddie Cantor at MGM.  Ruth's name was included in the film for its marquee value; she had only one song and two lines in the whole picture! Her brief acting career also included appearances in Hips, Hips, Hooray (1934) at RKO Studios, and Gift of Gab (1934) at Universal Studios.  She stayed on in California and had a weekly radio show there.

   

Ruth in Roman Scandals (1933)
Ruth in Roman Scandals (1933)
Candid of Ruth, Eddie Cantor and Edith Snyder, Ruth's stepdaughter, on the set of Roman Scandals
Ruth with Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey on the set of Hips, Hips, Hooray
   Ruth's private life was marred by her tragic marriage to Martin ("Moe the Gimp") Snyder.  Sometimes called Colonel Snyder, he was allegedly a fringe member of Chicago's underworld.  His strong-armed techniques were occasionally helpful to Ruth's career but often they were a hindrance. They were divorced in 1937.  In 1938, Moe followed Ruth to California and shot and wounded Ruth's accompanist and boyfriend Myrl Alderman.  The subsequent sensationalized trial brought her career to a halt.  Later Ruth married Myrl Alderman and they lived in seclusion primarily in Colorado Springs.
Articles from the Los Angeles Examiner from the time of the shooting (October 17, 1938) and trial (December 13, 1938)
Ruth outside her Hollywood home
   Ruth made an attempt to renew her career in 1947 when she was 50 years old.  She was booked on Rudy Vallee's radio show and then performed at the prestigious Copacabana in New York City.  This new career effort was unsuccessful, and Ruth, who wanted to be remembered when her voice was at its best, retired permanently to Colorado Springs with Myrl Alderman and lived there until her death in 1978.  Ruth will be remembered as the small-town Nebraska girl whose simple and straightforward vocal stylings made an enormous impact on music of her day.
Ruth in 1947
Ruth and Myrl Alderman in retirement
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