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from the trailer for Woman Wanted (1935)
Ruth Adrienne McClure|
August 3, 1907
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
May 31, 1947 (aged 39)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Deward Truax (m. 1920–1924)
Stephen Ames (m. 1929–1933)
Bruce Cabot (m. 1933–1935)
Ames was born in Fort Worth, Texas, one of six children of Samuel Hugh McClure and Flora Parthenia (née Potter) McClure,
Ames began her film career in 1927 as a stand-in for Pola Negri. Ames was soon cast in small film roles in silent films. With the advent of talking pictures, Ames' popularity grew and she was usually cast as society women, or in musicals. She made thirty films during the 1930s with her biggest success in George White's Scandals (1934). She appeared with the three leading men from the 1931 version of Dracula (Bela Lugosi, David Manners, and Edward Van Sloan) in The Death Kiss (1932).
By the end of the decade, Ames' popularity had diminished and, discouraged, she left Hollywood for New York. In 1941, she was host of two talk shows on station WHN in New York City. Her schedule included broadcasts at noon and 3:30 p.m. six days a week and 7:30 p.m. broadcasts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. She continued broadcasting until two weeks before her death in 1947.
Ames was married three times. In 1920, while still a teenager, she married Derward Dumont Truax, who was the son of an oil man. They had a daughter, and they divorced in 1924. A later marriage to broker Stephen Ames ended in divorce on October 30, 1933. Her last marriage, on October 31, 1933, was to fellow actor Bruce Cabot; they divorced on July 24, 1935.
|1931||The Road to Reno||Unhappy Divorcee||Uncred|
|1931||24 Hours||Ruby Wintryingham|
|1931||Girls About Town||Anne|
|1932||Two Kinds of Women||Jean Mars||Uncred|
|1932||Sinners in the Sun||Claire Kinkaid|
|1932||Merrily We Go to Hell||Claire Hempstead|
|1932||Guilty as Hell||Vera Marsh|
|1932||The Death Kiss||Marcia Lane|
|1933||From Hell to Heaven||Joan Burt|
|1933||A Bedtime Story||Paulette|
|1933||The Avenger||Ruth Knowles|
|1934||George White's Scandals||Barbara Loraine|
|1934||You're Telling Me!||Princess Lescaboura|
|1934||The Old Fashioned Way||Girl in audience||Uncred|
|1935||Black Sheep||Mrs. Millicent Caldwell Bath|
|1935||Woman Wanted||Betty Randolph|
|1935||Ladies Love Danger||Adele Michel|
|1935||Abdul the Damned||Therese Alder|
|1935||Harmony Lane||Jane McDowell|
|1938||City Girl||Vivian Ross||Uncred|
|1938||Fugitives for a Night||Eileen Baker||Cred as Adrianne Ames|
|1938||Slander House||Helen 'Mme. Helene' Smith|
|1939||Panama Patrol||Lia Maing|
|1939||The Zero Hour||Susan|
|1940||I Take This Woman||Lola Estermonte||Scenes cut|
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