Adrienne Ames

Adrienne Ames
Adrienne Ames in Woman Wanted trailer.jpg
from the trailer for Woman Wanted (1935)
Born Ruth Adrienne McClure
(1907-08-03)August 3, 1907
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Died May 31, 1947(1947-05-31) (aged 39)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Adrianne Ames
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1940
Spouse(s) Deward Truax (m. 1925–1928)
Stephen Ames (m. 1929–1933)
Bruce Cabot (m. 1933–1937)

Adrienne Ames (born Ruth Adrienne McClure,[1] August 3, 1907 – May 31, 1947) was an American film actress.

Life and career[]

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, one of six children born to Samuel Hugh McClure and Flora Parthenia (née Potter) McClure, Ames began her film career in 1927 as a stand-in for Pola Negri.[2] 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 became a radio personality, headlining a talk show on station WHN in New York City. Her program was successful and was scheduled regularly until just before her death in 1947.[citation needed]

Personal life[]

Ames was married three times, lastly to fellow actor Bruce Cabot from 1933 until their divorce in 1937.[citation needed]


Ames died of cancer on May 31, 1947, in New York City, aged 39. She is interred in the Oakwood Cemetery in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.[3]

For her contributions to the film industry, Ames has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1612 Vine Street. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1929 Sally Bit Part Uncred
1931 The Road to Reno Unhappy Divorcee Uncred
1931 24 Hours Ruby Wintryingham
1931 Girls About Town Anne
1931 Working Girls Bit Uncred
1931 Husband's Holiday Myrtle
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 Broadway Bad Aileen
1933 A Bedtime Story Paulette
1933 Disgraced! Julia Thorndyke
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 Gigolette Kay Parrish
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


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 25. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 237. ISBN 9781476602875. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Margaret W. (1970). The story of Oakwood Cemetery. Fort Worth, TX: Oakwood Cemetery Association. OCLC 13400391. 
  4. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Adrienne Ames". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. February 8, 1960. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 

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