Ruth Hiatt

1906 — 1994 Age: 88 years old
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From Wikipedia Ruth Hiatt (January 6, 1906 – April 21, 1994) was an actress in motion pictures beginning in the silent film era. She is best known for performing in 1920s comedies directed by Jack White, Norman Taurog, and Mack Sennett. As teenager she was discovered by comedian Lloyd Hamilton. She became his leading lady at United Artists studios in 1922. Hiatt was a former classic dancer who was Hamilton's successor to Irene Dalton. Their first work together is the short comedy The Speeder (1922). It is a production of the Hamilton Comedy Film Company. In Smith's Baby (1925) Hiatt is the female lead with Raymond McKee. Sennett cast Hiatt and McKee with Our Gang child star Mary Ann Jackson in 1927. The short comedies continued the Jimmy Smith series with titles like Smith's Pony (1927), Smith's Cook (1927), Smith's Cousin (1927), and Smith's Modiste Shop (1927). The movies were produced by Pathe Pictures. Jackson and McKee teamed with Hiatt and Hoot Gibson in The Flying Cowboy (1928). She appeared in the second chapter of the Ken Maynard Sunset Trail (1932). Hiatt's film career endured through 1941. Some of her later appearances were in the Three Stooges comedy Men In Black, the Our Gang entry Beginner's Luck, Just Speeding (1936) and Double Trouble (1941). In August 1922, Hiatt modeled for Beckman Furs of West 7th Street in Los Angeles, California. She won first prize for beauty at the annual Venice Beach bathing beauties parade in August 1923. She wore a costume of black and white checkered silk, with hat and slippers that matched. The Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS) selected Hiatt among its thirteen baby star actresses for 1924. Blanche Mahaffey, Carmelita Geraghty, and Clara Bow were also chosen. Hiatt was blonde but one reporter covering the WAMPAS banquet in San Francisco, in December 1923, wrote that she was brunette. Ruth Hiatt died in Montrose, California in 1994 of congestive heart failure.
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Thursday, April 21, 1994
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