Photo by Carl Van Vechten, Nov. 9, 1947
Many thanks to Marti Parker for the newspaper clipping.
Ruth Ford was born in Brookhaven, MS, on July 7, 1911, and died at age 98 in New York City, where she and her brother owned apartments in The Dakota. A long-time friend of William Faulkner, Ruth Ford starred in Broadway's Requiem for a Nun in 1959. For further reading about Ruth and her brother Charles Henri Ford, see this link.
And for an even greater insight into the influence that the Ford siblings had on art and culture of the day, please see this inside story.
Most intriguing the statement in more than one publication: "West Side Story"was "born" in her living room at The Dakota.