A Tony-nominated actress of stage and screen whose ties with the American Conservatory Theater stretch back to their first stage production, Ruth Kobart found much success on stage before seguing into feature films and television. Born in Des Moines, IA, Kobart would later relocate to New York City to pursue a career in opera. Following an early career off-Broadway, Kobart toured with numerous productions before earning a Tony nomination for her role in the 1963 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Kobart would continue to appear in ACT productions throughout her career, and after joining the group in 1967 she would remain an ACT player for 27 years. After making a splash with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) Kobart would appear in such features as Dirty Harry (1971) and Sister Act (1992), in addition to loaning her voice to such animated efforts as Jonny Quest. On December 13, 2002, Ruth Kobart died of cancer in San Francisco. She was 78.