In 2019, I decided to post a series of interviews with members of both the genealogical and old Hollywood communities, hoping to find common ground between the two and learn more about some people whose online presence I truly enjoy. Welcome to the Hollywood/GenesCrossover Interview series! For the original post in this series and to see the complete list of interviewees, click here.
I can’t recall if I first followed Ruth by Twitter or blog, but she’s a presence in both areas, definitely one of those “people you should know” in the classic film community. I love reading her posts because they’re always colorful and interesting; she’s not afraid to dive in and discuss unusual topics or actors. I always learn something when I read Ruth’s posts – now let’s learn about Ruth!
Name: Ruth at Silver Screenings
Tell us a little about yourself:
In love with old movies, Hollywood history, and chocolate.
What is your earliest memory of watching a classic film?
When I was in high school, a local television station aired Laurel & Hardy shorts at 6:00 on Sunday mornings, which I watched religiously.
Believe it or not, these films helped me during my high school years. I had braces and thick brown glasses, and the Laurel and Hardy films helped me gain perspective, to see a world beyond high school, and to realize This Too Shall Pass.
Who are your top 3 favorite old Hollywood stars/classic films?
Sadly, I’m not able to narrow it down to a Top 3. I can’t even pick a Top 10. It’s hopeless.
How does classic film feature in your life today?
Classic film is a passion. I still collect classic films on DVDs and Blu-ray, and I have shelves of Hollywood history books. These things are my kryptonite.
Which film star are you most often compared to or you think you look the most like?
I recently changed my hair style, and my stylist teases me about looking like Anna Wintour of Vogue – sans the oversized sunglasses and luxe wardrobe.
Who is your most moxie filled family member or ancestor and why?
My Hungarian grandmother was a vortex of energy and determination. She fell in love with my grandfather in Budapest, just before he emigrated to Canada. He promised to send for her once he was established, which took several years. But she waited, then travelled to Canada where she married, learned English and raised three children. She was tough, but she also had a kind heart. Plus, she had a little crush on actor James Garner – and who could blame her?
Which is your favorite (fictional) film family and why?
The Hardy family from the Andy Hardy movies, starring the ultra-talented Mickey Rooney. Those movies are schmaltzy and unrealistic, but I can’t. help. myself. They’re a guilty pleasure.
Where can you find Ruth online?
and @925screenings on Twitter