Born 1917 in Vancouver, Canadian-American actress in film, radio, and television Ann Rutherford began her Hollywood film career in the starring role of Joan O’Brien in the dramatic film Waterfront Lady in 1935. In 1938, Rutherford appeared as Carreen O’Hara, a sister of Scarlett O’Hara, in the film Gone with the Wind (1939).
From 1937 until 1942, Rutherford portrayed Polly Benedict in the MGM Andy Hardy youth comedy film series with actor Mickey Rooney. Her first film in this series was You’re Only Young Once (1937) and the last was Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942). Rutherford’s performances as Andy Hardy’s sweet and patient girlfriend established her screen popularity.
In the early 1940s, Rutherford left MGM to work without contract with different studios. During this period, she starred in films such as Orchestra Wives (1942), Two O’Clock Courage (1945), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). In 1950, Rutherford retired from films.
During the 1990s, Rutherford was offered the role of Rose Calvert in the film Titanic (1997), but turned it down; the role went to Gloria Stuart.
Rutherford died in 2012 at her home in Beverly Hills, California, following declining health due to heart problems.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Ann Rutherford in the 1930s and 1940s.