Thursday, April 17, 2008
On January 22, 1977, Ruth Gordon hosted NBC's Saturday Night (as it was known at the time). Miss Gordon was charming and cute and tiny (her listed height of five foot one seems very generous), but above all, Ruth Gordon was old.
How old was Ruth Gordon? Her first husband died before The Jazz Singer - the first motion picture with sound - was released. Died! She was a widow in the silent-film era!
How old was Ruth Gordon? She made her film debut two years before Buster Keaton made his first movie.
How old was Ruth Gordon? She made her first movie in New Jersey, because Hollywood hadn't been invented yet.
How old was Ruth Gordon? She wasn't born in the last century, but in the one before that.
OK, she was only 80 years, two months and 23 days old at the time. But she seemed a lot older.