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      Ruth Brown

      Ruth Brown

      Highest Rated: 98% Hairspray (1988)

      Lowest Rated: 50% True Identity (1991)

      Birthday: Jan 12, 1928

      Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

      Actress-musician Ruth Brown made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for more than three decades. Known for making audiences laugh, Brown began her acting career in comedies like "Hairspray" (1988) starring Sonny Bono and "True Identity" (1991) with Lenny Henry. She worked in series television while getting her start in acting, including a part on "Austin City Limits" (PBS, 1974-2015). Brown also contributed music to "Quicksilver" (1986) and the Jennifer Jason Leigh thriller "Heart of Midnight" (1989). Her work around this time also included a part on the TV movie "Hallelujah" (PBS, 1993-94). She also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Black and Blue" (PBS, 1992-93) and "Abbey Lincoln, You Gotta Pay the Band" (PBS, 1992-93). Brown's music was also a part of the Norah Jones drama "My Blueberry Nights" (2008), the Richard Gere dramatic adaptation "Nights in Rodanthe" (2008) and "Seven Pounds" (2008). Brown was most recently credited in "Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2" (PBS, 2010-11). In addition to her music, Brown also appeared on-screen in the Aerosmith documentary "Lightning in a Bottle" (2004) and "Honeydripper" (2007) with Danny Glover. Brown passed away in November 2006 at the age of 78.

      Highest rated movies

      Hairspray
      True Identity

      Photos

      Ruth Brown LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE, Ruth Brown, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 50% Shake, Rattle and Rock! Ella (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hallelujah Mrs. Sherman (Character) - 1993
      50% 24% True Identity Martha (Character) $4.7M 1991
      98% 80% Hairspray Motormouth Mabel (Character) $6.7M 1988

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello, Larry Leona Wilson (Character) 1979