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Ruth McDevitt



Ruth Shoecraft was born in Michigan and raised in Ohio, where her father served as a county sheriff. At 20, Shoecraft attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but put her theatrical aspirations on the back burner when she married a Florida widower named Patrick John McDevitt. When her husband died in 1934, Shoecraft returned to the stage asRuth McDevitt, first in community theatre, then on Broadway and in radio. She made her first film in 1951, but for the most part steered clear of Hollywood, preferring to appear in such Manhattan-based plays as The Solid Gold Cadillac, Picnic, The Best Man and Absence of a Cello. McDevitt's entree into weekly television was on the classic early-1950s Wally Cox sitcom Mr. Peepers, in which she played Wally's mom. Her next series stint was as rifle-wielding Grandma Hanks in the short-lived 1967 western comedy Pistols and Petticoats. During the 1960s, she returned to films, usually playing a dotty little old lady with more on the ball than people suspected. Still going strong in the early 1970s, Shoecraft played recurring roles on the TV series All in the Family and Kolchak. Ruth McDevitt made her last appearance at age 80 in the made-for-TV feature One of My Wives is Missing (1976).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet My Father's House
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet One of My Wives Is Missing
  • Mrs. Foster
1975
No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne
  • Sister Patrick
1975
No Score Yet Mixed Company
  • Miss Bergquist
1974
No Score Yet Homebodies
  • Mrs. Loomis
1974
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Director
  • Actor
1974
29% Mame
  • Cousin Fan
1974
No Score Yet The War Between Men and Women
  • Elderly Woman
1972
No Score Yet In Search of America
  • Actor
1971
10% Change of Habit
  • Lily
1969
No Score Yet The Love God?
  • Miss Keezy
1969
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Nadine
1969
No Score Yet The Shakiest Gun in the West
  • Olive
1968
No Score Yet Dear Heart
  • Miss Tait
1964
No Score Yet Love Is a Ball
  • Mathilda
1963
96% The Birds
  • Mrs. MacGruder
1963
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out
  • Beulah Partridge
1962
89% The Parent Trap
  • Miss Inch
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Maddie Elder

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