Ruth Cracknell
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Actress and funny woman born at Maitland on 6th July 1925 and educated at North Sydney Girls High School.

Her career began in radio in Sydney in 1945 and in 1948 she joined the John Alden Company and played in King Lear, Measure For Measure and The Tempest.

After playing in the Mercury Theatre she went to England in 1953-54 and worked at the B.B.C..

Returning to Australia she played in a host of productions over the years, many with the Sydney Theatre Company, too many to mention. Ruth is considered by many to be the doyenne of the Australian theatre.

Television beckoned and her credits include Cousin From Fiji, Ben Hall, Seven Little Australians and the award winning A.B.C. comedy series Mother And Son.

In Mother And Son she plays the demented Maggie Bear alongside Garry McDonald as her long suffering son Arthur and Henry Szeps as Arthur's brother Robbie.

Her film credits include the powerful The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith, winning a Sammy Award for best supporting actress in 1977.

In 1997 Ruth was named an Australian Achiever for her contribution to Australian Arts, part of The Australian of the Year award ceremony.

Her autobiography A Biased Memoir was a best seller when released in 1997. She is planning another book, possibly in 2000.

In 1998 Ruth was named by the National Trust as one of the 100 Australia's Living National Treasures, alongsides the likes of Sir Donald Bradman.

In 1999 she is opening at the Sydney Opera House in She Stoops To Conquer alongside Leo McKern.

Soon she will host the Biography series about noted artists throughout history. This will show on the Ovation channel on pay TV.

Ruth enjoys swimming, walking and reading.

Ruth can be contacted c/o International Casting Service and Associates, 147a King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

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