Ruth at 100

This section is to honor Ruth Orkin’s upcoming centennial in 2021. There will be shows, articles and a publication to celebrate Ruth Orkin’s long and distinquished career.  We hope to announce a major upcoming exhibition in NYC, several group shows and a new retrospective book. Here is some ephemera and letters that might be of interest. Including pages from her souvenir autograph and film review book, her filing drawer and the shawl that Jinx (Ninalee Craig) wore in the “American Girl in Italy” photo. 

Selected Articles

Personalities and Musicians Ruth Orkin Has Photographed

(1940S – 1950S, unless noted)

Picture Stories

“Member of the Wedding” opening night
“Streetcar Named Desire” (on the set)
“I Love Lucy” (on the set)
“Howdee Doody” (on the set)
Arthur Rubinstein and family
Jackie Robinson and family
Marion Davies’ Hollywood party
“On the Town” rehearsals
Albert Einstein at Princeton University 


Lauren Bacall
Lucille Ball
Eva Bartok
Anne Baxter
Shirley Booth
Leslie Caron
Katherine Cornell
Marion Davis
Doris Day
Irene Dunne
Nanette Fabray
Gracie Fields
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Joan Fontaine
Ava Gardner
Barbara Bell Geddes
Bonita Granville
Julie Harris
Dorothy McGuire
Debbie Reynolds
Marjorie Steel
Gene Tierney
Lana Turner
Ethel Waters
Teresa Wright 


Fred Allen
Woody Allen
Humphrey Bogart
Marlon Brando
Montgomery Clift
Wally Cox
Gary Grant
Rex Harrison
Ronald Howard
Van Johnson
Danny Kaye
Burt Lancaster
Peter Lawford
Fred MacMurray
Fredric March
Robert Montgomery
David Niven
Donald O’Connor
Gerald O’Loughlin
Basil Rathbone
Red Skelton
Robert Taylor
Spencer Tracy
Orson Welles


Vittorio Di Sica
Alfred Hitchcock
Elia Kazan
Guthrie McClintic
Joseph Mankiewicz


W.H. Auden
Ludwig Bemmelmans
John Canada
Carson McCullers
Tennessee Williams


Woody Allen
Jimmy Breslin
President Jimmy Carter
Carol Channing
Judy Collins
Kirk Douglas
Jane Jacobs
Paul O’Dwyer
Carly Simon


Samuel Barber
Marc Blitzstein
Benjamin Britten
Aaron Copland
Ulysses Kaye
Darius Milhaud
William Schuman
Igor Stravinsky
Virgil Thompson


Mischa Elman
Carol Glenn
Jascha Heifetz
Yehudi Menuhin
Nathan Milstein
Albert Spaulding
Isaac Stern 


Sir Thomas Beecham
Leonard Bernstein
Pierre Boulez
Sir Adrian Boult
Walter Hendl
Serge Koussevitzky
Edmund Kurtz
Lorin Maazel
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Pierre Monteux
Eugene Ormandy
Paul Paray
Fritz Reiner
Sigmund Romberg
Alexander Smallens
William Steinberg
Leopold Stokowski 


Claudio Arrau
Lukas Foss
Gary Graffman
Jose Iturbi
William Kappell
Oscar Levant
Eugene Liszt
Arthur Rubinstein 


Marion Anderson
Carol Brice
Lotte Lehman
Ezio Pinza
Robert Rounseville
Eleanor Steber