Ruth Gordon Lucky in Life

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“People choose to be lucky. I chose to be lucky. I had nothing that was salable, you know? I wasn’t beautiful; I wasn’t possessed of a great voice or stature; I had no money. I wasn’t even very good yet, but I was determined to become good, to work hard, to be lucky. I also made other people lucky. Be a cheerleader for the dreams of everybody else, too, you see? We’re all out there dreaming, trying to get lucky. Good things come to people who dream of them, expect them, share them. You deserve good luck and get good luck by allowing it to exist for everybody.”–Ruth Gordon/Interview with James Grissom/1984

I know of Ruth from her movies in the 60-70’s, however I was a fan of the 30-40’s films she and her husband wrote, Garsan Kanin, and the awards they received.
Harold and Maude is a classic with a cult-type following. It sure stirred up lots of conversations, especially about ageism. A sweet film. Ruth was 16 years older than her husband and they had a loving collaboration in work and life for over forty years. Ruth left the movies for 22 years and returned to the stage where she had many accolades.

I am featuring her in this week post because of the above sentiment. I’ve always considered myself Lucky in Life! And I choose to be by showing up. Lucky in luck, not so much no matter how I wish it. Lucky in love, I am blessed by friends and family. Romantic love is “over-rated” 😉 I do believe that by allowing it to exist for everybody, your own good luck comes around. By showing up, life does find you and gives you nudges for your path.

In 1966, Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for Inside Daisy Clover opposite Natalie Wood. It was her first nomination for acting. In 1968, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Rosemary’s Baby, a film adaptation of Ira Levin‘s bestselling horror novel about a satanic cult residing in an Upper West Side apartment building in Manhattan. In accepting the award onstage, Gordon thanked the academy by saying “I can’t tell you how encouraging a thing like this is …” (rousing laughter from the audience). At the time she had been in the business for 50 years and was 72 years old. “And thank all of you who voted for me, and to everyone who didn’t: please, excuse me”, she added, prompting more laughter and applause.

Gordon won another Golden Globe for Rosemary’s Baby, and she was nominated again in 1971 for her role as Maude in Harold and Maude (with Bud Cort as her love interest).

In 1983, Gordon was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[20]

Harold and Maude, Adam’s Rib, and Rosemary’s Baby have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress. (I have a good friend whose book is also in the Library of Congress).

May you be Lucky in Life….keep showing up and it will lead you to your destiny.

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